Our Tasting Menus
For the first time in our culinary journey we are introducing tasting menus at Darjeeling Express. In someways this is a return to our roots.
When 12 people gathered around my dining table at my London home and I served them tasters of my favourite family dishes - I felt the western model of a three course meal did not reflect the dawaat or feats of my childhood- where the table was full of dishes with complimentary and contrasting flavours.
The tasting menu recreates that family feast with eight courses which takes the diner on a unique journey of flavours- dishes like the tangra prawns which originated from India’s only Chinatown. Fish Malaikari which was influenced by the indentured Bengali labourers in Colonial times who worked on the railways in the Malay peninsula. The Khoobani ka Meetha which was created by the cook of the Nizam of Hyderabad (once the richest man in the world- the kohinoor diamond was mined from his royal state)- the apricots in the dessert were from Hunza valley in the north west frontier of Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan which borders Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These apricots were carried across the indian plains to Hyderabad by afghan cavalry who were hired as mercenary soldiers by the Nizam in the 19th century.
The Biryani tasting menu has the favourite dishes of our Kingly Court restaurant combined with the dishes served in our Biryani supperclubs.