Darjeeling Express's Second Daughters featured in BBC

Darjeeling Express's Second Daughters featured in BBC

Video: "In India it's hard to be a woman. Up to 12 million girls have been aborted in the last three decades in India.

But being a second daughter can be even harder. Families with daughters are expected to pay dowries when their children get married to the groom's family, which is often seen as a financial burden.

Restaurateur Asma Khan wanted to give back - so she opened a restaurant five years ago which is home to a team of women who have never cooked professionally - but all have something in common: they are second daughters."

See full feature on BBC.

Labour of Love: Gajjar ka Halva

Labour of Love: Gajjar ka Halva

Eid al-Adha begins on the 10th day of the Dhu al-Hijjah month in the Islamic calendar.  The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca begins two days before Eid al-Adha. This festival is called Bakrid in South Asia. We are celebrating this special festival by bringing back to our menu our Gajjar ka Halwa --a slow cooked dessert with carrots; labour of love is the phrase that describes this dish best!

Tatler Magazine - Best Restaurants in Soho

Tatler Magazine - Best Restaurants in Soho

Tatler Magazine features Darjeeling Express: "The best restaurants in Soho aren't always the obvious ones. From family-owned mini-chains to hidden gems that you won't spot unless you know where to look, we've tried and tested the 34 best in the area..."

Borders: Imaginary Lines

Borders: Imaginary Lines

This restaurant, therefore, and the food and art within its walls are symbolic of the fact that borders are imaginary. If you look closely, you'll see delicate terracotta pottery marked with the insignias of Darjeeling Express (and Indian Asma Khan)  and award winning Pakistani potter, Maham Anjum, representing the idyllic coming together of India and Pakistan. 

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

... Opening Darjeeling Express was a huge leap, but Asma has thrived and it's because, she says, "You don't realize how much you learn by observation and how to deal with challenges." Growing up Asma' watched her mother deftly orchestrate weddings and other huge-scale events. Crisis management was just an ordinary task in her mother's hospitality business. And Asma unknowingly picked up the ethos of how to manage a business and make it your family...

Time-travel to Vintage Bollywood

Time-travel to Vintage Bollywood

...the music that fills the air of Darjeeling Express. Just as the cuisine of Darjeeling Express is from that era, tuning into this specialized playlist will take you back to the era of classic Bollywood music and into the daydreams of young, chef Asma...  

This isn't about Nostalgia

This isn't about Nostalgia

...these collection of photographs are a reminder of the history of Asma’s home cuisine. At Darjeeling Express, she honours, preserves and protects the recipes that have passed through generations so that people of all times and of all places can savour some of it.

All aboard Darjeeling Express

All aboard Darjeeling Express

So come. Put down some roots, even if just for a little while, and spend some time in a home away from home. Let us impress you with simple food and quite simply, our love