Wardour Street’s Carom at Meza, named after an aromatic Indian spice, is situated in the heart of Soho and is the perfect location to indulge in a variety of pan Indian dishes or to stop off for a quick (you’ll soon be tempted to stay longer) after work drink in the accompanying sleek lounge bar.

Having been opened since November 2011, Chef Balaji Balachander, formerly of Benares restaurant, continues to create exciting and exotic dishes which span the Indian continent. As part of the 2012 London Restaurant Festival, Carom is currently offering two courses for £10.

This set menu includes Crab ‘Wada’ Cakes, which melt effortlessly in the mouth and a warm and comforting Tandoori Chicken Breast in a saffron and cheese marinade with kidney bean casserole. Other options include a tapas style dish of tandoori new potatoes with pickling spices, chickpeas and mango salad and a herb marinade Tilapia fillet with a tingling coconut and ginger sauce and fiery spiced new potatoes. The dishes, each with their own unique flavours and textures are of varying sizes, so this is the perfect opportunity to pick, mix and share. 

…plenty of time to work through the endless list of drinks on offer!

The restaurant and bar, draped in beautiful, brightly coloured fabrics, contribute to the whole authentic experience and encourage you to sit back and relax with one of the Carom mixology team’s signature cocktails. These blend premium spirits with Indian herbs, spices and classic Indian ingredients. Cocktails include the Maharaja Fizz, saffron infused vodka mixed with homemade rose water and topped with prosecco, and, my ultimate favourite, the Bangalore Cooler, Jonnie Walker black label whisky shaken with coriander, cardamom, pear puree and maple syrup.

The Carom bar stays open until 2am during the week and 3am at the weekends, so there is plenty of time to work through the endless list of drinks on offer! Carom at Meza is definitely a restaurant to return to, I personally can’t wait to go back at test out the tempting desert menu, which includes mango and cardamom crème brulee, raspberry sorbet and coconut Tiramisu.

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