May 11, 2018
What was a serviceable contemporary Indian joint on Wardour Street has been given a bit of a makeover to become a cooler kind of drinking and dining spot. Part of the Tamarind Collection, which also includes Tamarind and Zaika, Imli Street’s revamped room is more airy and welcoming than it was and sports a large central bar around which it’s possible to perch with a cocktail. The drinks list includes reasonably priced concoctions like the Snake Charmer, a sweet, sunny blend of spiced rum, koko kanu and passion fruit; the Anar Kali is a pretty mix of champagne, Pama Liquor, and fresh pomegranate, while the Rustic Ruby pairs grappa with Violette, apple juice., and wild berries and tops the lot with prosecco. Their Twisted G&T is made with saffron gin and there’s a small but well thought out wine list as well as a range of beers available too, including Cobra and Meantime. The Chatt Bar features an array of Indian snacks, far more interesting than the usual round of poppadoms and chutneys: the Juhu Beach Pav Bhaji are toasted brioche baps filled with spicy potato curry with and the Chowpatti Bhelare moreish, spicy puffs of rice. The main menu features street food inspired dishes like the Boti Kebab, lamb kababs made with ginger, yoghurt and chilli, and Mumbai-style stir fried chicken livers. The vibe is Soho-stylish but generally welcoming and the inventiveness of both the food and drinks make this an above average choice for unwinding after work.
Main photo credits: Imli Street official website