1 Michelin Star Chefs: Uday Salunkhe, executive chef, Veeraswamy

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 16th April 2018

Uday Salunkhe is executive chef at Veeraswamy, said to be the UK's oldest Indian restaurant.

Established in 1926 by the grandson of an English General and an Indian princess, it soon became a fashionable rendezvous hotspot amongst the rich and famous, who were drawn not only to its remarkable cuisine style but also to its Raj inspired opulent interiors.

Veeraswamy

Veeraswamy

Victory House, 99-101 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4RS

Telephone: 020 7734 1401

Website: www.veeraswamy.com

Directors: Ranjit Mathrani, Namita Panjabi, Camellia Panjabi

Executive Chef: Uday Salunkhe

General Manager: Rakesh Mishra Cuisine

Twitter: @theveeraswamy

Instagram: @veeraswamy.london

Facebook: Indian Fine Dining

Biography

Uday grew up in Kerala and Mumbai and his dishes are influenced by these regions because of this. He has worked in the same group since 2002 as executive chef of the original site of Chutney Mary, and has been at Veeraswamy since 2006.

royal event
Uday Salunkhe and Royal chef Mark Flanagan

Veeraswamy the history

It is the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant. established in 1926, it remains a legendary culinary landmark and it also shares a birthday with H.M the Queen. Veeraswamy was acquired by MW Eat Group in 1997 which made considerable makeovers to maintain the ambience, with a fabulously sophisticated menu to match.

They restored Veeraswamy to its position as one the leading restaurants serving fine Indian food and created opulent and sumptuous interiors, offering a timeless aura of sophistication in which to enjoy fine Indian food in London’s first restaurant of its kind.

The menu

Along with the superb fine classical cuisine, there is also a fabulous selection of dishes from the clay ovens of the North West frontier: The tandoors. There are also innovative and exotic seafood dishes, inspired by the many coastal settlements, where 35% of India’s population live.

What the guides say

Michelin Guide

Restaurant James Sommerin, Michelin star restaurants, Michelin Guide 2018

Harden’s

hardens veeraswamy

The menus are both seasonal and changeable and the classical dishes are served alongside the personally inspired contemporary creations.

Typical Dishes : North Indian dishes: Kashmiri Roghan Josh, Chicken Butter Masala South; Indian dishes: Kerala Prawn Curry, Lobster Malabar Curry Western; Indian dishes: Kolhapuri Vegetable Kofta; Curry Eastern Indian dishes: Prawn Malai, Vegetable Chorchori UK-India.

Year Of Culture Celebrated At Buckingham Palace

In 2017 Uday Salunkhe and Royal chef Mark Flanagan, led a kitchen team at the palace to prepare a special spread of canapés .The Indian dishes prepared were essentially Anglo Indian in taste, with flavours from different regions of India.

It was a classic case of the amalgamation of the Indian food and British food. ”Bringing out the Indian flavours in such miniature form was difficult, but after six weeks' trial and working over the weekend, it has come out perfectly well today," Salunkhe said.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 16th April 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Uday Salunkhe, executive chef, Veeraswamy