Visit: 11 February 2022, dinner for four people
Awards: 1 Michelin Star
Opheem is the only Michelin starred Indian restaurant outside of London. I’ve visited before and you can find my previous reviews here in 2020 and 2021. There has been a small refurb since my last visit – the pink tree has gone from the lounge, as has the bar. The lounge is now a quieter area where you can enjoy your canapes and cocktails. The food is as good as it ever was.
On this visit we chose the ten-course tasting menu (£115 per person) and the 7-course wine flight (£85 per person).
The menu changes on a regular basis to reflect the seasonality of the produce. There were some old favourites, such as the Aloo Tuk potatoes, the superb Orkney scallop, and the milk loaf. There was a remarkable Tandoori carrot dish that was packed with flavour. The main meat dish was an outstanding Creedy Carver duck which was perfectly cooked, with a hint of the charcoal barbecue, served with turnip and pearl barley.
The food at Opheem is superb, as is the level of service.
The 10-Course Tasting Menu:
Selection of amuse bouche courses from the kitchen
Confit hogget, garlic, coriander, cumin with hot broth
GAJAR – Lucknow
Tandoori carrot, lentil pakora, chutney
TISRIA – West Bengal
Orkney scallop, tandoor spices, cucumber, charcoal
ALOO TUK – Sindhi
Achaari pink fir potato, tamarind
GOAN FISH CURRY – Goa
Cod, smoked aubergine, goan sauce
PAU – Mumbai
Milk loaf served with spiced pate
CHETTINAD – Tamil Nadu
Creedy carver duck, turnip, pearl barley
REWANDCHINI – North Indian
Yorkshire rhubarb, stem ginger
RASMALAI – Bengal
Milk curd, pistachio, almond