Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen (MTK) is Cyrus Todiwala’s newest outlet in London. Going by the food at his other restaurants, we can expect this to be a great Indian meal. It’s the signature restaurant in the newly opened forum London Hotel. We were guests of the hotel and MTK to see the hotel and experience the food offerings.
About Lincoln Plaza Hotel
This new hotel is just a short walk away from Canary Wharf. It is part of the Hilton’s new Curio collection. There are 2 restaurants and a naval themed bar.
A fine medley of Indian flavour at Mr Todiwala’s
Getting to know Cyrus Todiwala
Cyrus is renowned for his commitment to supporting the British farming community and using ingredients from socially-conscious suppliers. He is the spokesperson for British Game and Ambassador of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain and the Chef Ambassador of The Marine Conservation Society. One of his biggest challenge is to promote British Shellfish, especially Cornish langoustines. These are currently trucked up to Scotland and sold as Scottish langoustines and sold back down to London restaurants. How totally bonkers.
He has also been proactive about helping solve one of the hospitality industries biggest problems, the lack of home grown Asian chefs. To that end, he started a cooking competition, Zest Quest Asia, for chefs to learn to cook Asian cuisine with a star prize of a stage at a prestigious restaurant in Asia. This year, the prize included a trip to Manila and a stint at a restaurant over there.
Stop by for a cocktail at the Jack Speak bar on the first floor before heading down to Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen for a lovely Indian meal. (I learnt that Jack Speak is the name of the language used in the navy.)
Fine Indian Cuisine at Mr Todiwala’s
The dining room is dominated my this large wooden elephant, a chandelier of pots and pans strung from the ceiling makes a stunning display and also sets apart the different areas of the dining room.
Our starter with bite sized portions of salmon tikka, chicken tikka, and beetroot and coconut samosas. The chicken tikka is a soft, succulent pieces of chicken when bitten into explodes with a burst of spice and a lingering hint of smoke from the tandoor.
I asked Cyrus what was the secret recipe and he said, “they used their own spice mix and careful, precise cooking”. The result is a chicken tikka that is flavour infused and moist. It’s easy to see why that is one of their most popular dishes.
Soft, succulent pieces of chicken when bitten into explodes with a burst of spice and a lingering hint of smoke from the tandoor.
The Chicken Tikka is one of the many perfect bites of food at Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen. Using their own spice mix and careful, precise cooking, they produce a chicken tikka that is delightful, not dry and tough like many other places. It’s easy to see why that is one of their most popular dishes.
Main courses were served family style, and we had a medley of the most popular dishes like Murgh Makhani -butter chicken, my favourite Lamb Dhansak in a rich lentil sauce,Goan Prawn Curry and Daal Makhani.
Lastly, the naan. We had 3 types, plain, garlic and the most interesting, a cheddar cheese naan, made with Barber’s 1833 cheddar. If you have never tried a cheese naan, you must order this at MTK. The melty, savoury cheese flavours really complements the curries.
To go with the extensive menu, there is a well curated wine list. Or you could try one of their own label craft IPA beer.
Indian puddings are usually really sweet and are often ignored. No chance of that here. We had a vegan Gajar halwa and kulfi. If you are a fan of rose water, you will love the homemade rose water kulfi here. A calming cup of spiced Chai rounded off the meal.
We really could have done with a room at the Lincoln Plaze upstairs to roll up to after this mega Indian feast.
Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen offers an ala carte menu throughout the day and a quick lunch menu on weekdays. I’d say this is the best Indian meal you can find in and around Canary Wharf.
Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen
2 Lincoln Plaza,
London E14 9BD
EatCookExplore was a guest of Lincoln Plaza Hotel and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen