Outside of India, London is my top city for tasting highly regarded Indian cuisine. With so many choices, I decided to visit Ooty in Marylebone. The restaurant is a short walk away from the Baker Street tube station. Their menu is predominantly focused on the food of southern India. Executive Chef Manmeet Singh Bali creates dishes from Classic Indian to Signature European and Indian Fusion. From ‘Keralan lime lobster with shellfish charu to ‘Classic masala dosa with crushed potatoes, tempered with mustard. Ooty open its doors in February of this year, and is named after a small town in Tamil Nadu in southern India.
The open air interior transports its guests to the legacy of the British Raj with soft colors like blush, teal, and lilac. The tables were large and there was plenty of natural light streaming in, allowing for ample photo opportunity, especially for the marvelously photogenic dessert courses. We had the opportunity to exchange conversation with our neighboring guests who were visiting from Scotland.
We were one of the first to arrive at 12pm on a Saturday. The restaurant began to get busy towards 1pm. We started with selecting beverages from their non-alcoholic menu. Beverages in this category were a particular strongpoint. We tried both non-alcoholic selections, which each paired perfectly with other main courses. First was the Silver Tip Sling, a light, fruity, and semi-sweet concoction that was beautiful to photograph. It even complimented the interior! The Silver Tip Sling is crafted with Silver Tip Jasmine Tea, Pineapple Juice, Amarena Cherry Syrup, Fresh Lime, and Soda (£9).
Second, a more full-bodied, heavier choice was the Masala Chaya Martini. Made with Seedlip 94 (distilled non-alcoholic spirit), Masala Chaya Blend, Condensed Milk, Pomegranate Molasses (£9). I would order both gain; the Martini was beautiful with spicier plates and the Silver Tip Sling paired were with their desserts and lighter selections.
Juices included a selection from Folkington’s including Pear, Mango, Apple, Elderflower, and Pink Lemonade.
For alcoholic beverages, they have a fine selection of Gin, Rum, Liqueurs, and Cognac. Wines by the glass and bottle are available, and there is a selection of beer and cider. Unique cocktails to try include the Garden Reviver: Rosemary Infused Absolut Vodka, Apricot Liqueur, Elderflower Juice. Another is Date To Remember: Amrut Single Malt, Date Syrup, Bitters. Cocktails are £12 each.
We dined from the a la carte menu. Our starters were the Trio Platter: tangy jackfruit bun, palak lolli, and achari broccoli (£13); and Yellow Chili and Mustard Salmon: smoked mustard salmon, burani yoghurt, saffron cream, cucumber roll (£14).
Next, our main courses were Andhra Natu Kodi Biryani: guinea fowl basmati rice, egg salan, cucumber yoghurt pachadi (£23); and Kori Gassi: mangalorean coconut chicken casserole, string hoppers (£19). We particularly loved the Trio Platter, ideal for sharing or to have as a main course. Out of the three, we loved the Palak Lolli the most. Our favorite main course was the Kori Gassi.
Our desserts or pudding selections were the Carrot Fudge Tart, and the Sago Kheer. The Carrot Fudge Tart was a warm carrot pudding, carrot kheer panna cotta, rabdi drops, and cashew chikki shards (£10). The Sago Kheer was a beautiful presentation of tapioca pearl kheer, vanilla bean and rose gel marble chocolate disc (£9).
Hours & Information
Ooty Marylebone is open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner beginning at 12pm. Closed Sundays. Ooty offers an Express Lunch: 3 courses for £25/ 2 courses for £20. Vegetarian and vegan menus are available.
Ooty Marylebone also has The Club, a cozy bar separate from the restaurant. It is located on the lower ground floor and is ideal for events and small parties.
Nearby points of interest include Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, and Portman Square.
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