6 restaurants for celebrating Mother’s Day the desi way

Mothers Day desi - Hoppers

Our Food Editor Rida Bilgrami picks London’s most delicious desi menus for an extra special Mother’s Day this year.

Mums – that unending source of love and comfort, perspective on our life crises, not to mention delicious food (whipped up in half the time it takes anyone else). They should be celebrated every day, but Mother’s Day is the rare occasion where they’ll press pause and actually allow themselves to be spoilt.

It’s an opportunity not to be missed. With food being so evocative of childhoods past – dining out makes for an indulgently sentimental and relaxing way to connect and celebrate. So here’s our pick of the best Mother’s Day menus on London’s South Asian dining scene.

Mothers Day restraurant Desi - Hoppers

Hoppers. The Sri Lankan and South Indian food hot spot is organising a traditional family style 6-course ‘Amma’s Feast’ on 26th March. Since exchanging recipes plays an important role in Sri Lankan culture, the dishes served will be based on recipes that have been contributed by the Ammas (mothers) of the Hoppers team. This is a rare opportunity to book a table at Hoppers, the queues for which are truly legendary. A complimentary Arrack punch (spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower) is also included!

49 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SG. www.hopperslondon.com

For reservations, go here.

Mothers Day desi - Talli Joe

Talli Joe. Mum’s the word at Talli Joe in March as Chef Sameer Taneja has created four new dishes including kachori chaat and aloo luchi inspired by the food memories of Chefs Asma Khan, Maunika Gowardhan and Romy Gill and food writer Rebecca Seal. The menu is on offer throughout the month and a portion of proceeds from the sale of each dish will be donated to the Parikrma Humanity Foundation benefitting young students from slum communities and orphanages in India.

Seven Dials London, 152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8HL. 020 7836 5400, www.tallijoe.com

For reservations, go here.

Mothers Day restaurant Desi - Trishna

Trishna. Renowned for its innovative take on the coastal cuisine of southwest India, Trishna in Marylebone is serving a 4-course Mother’s Day lunch menu on 26th March featuring duck seekh kebab, ajwaini salmon tikka, mishti doi and lots more.

15 -17 Blandford Street, Marylebone Village, W1U 3DG. 020 7935 5624, www.trishnalondon.com

For reservations, go here.

Mothers Day Desi restaurant - Babur

Babur. Babur, a culinary institution that has been around for over three decades, is serving up a family-style Indian Sunday roast, featuring an assortment of kebabs, raan (marinated leg of lamb roasted whole in the tandoor) and biryani. They are offering three sittings at 12pm, 1.45pm and 3.45pm, and at £21.95 for adults, excellent value for money.

119 Brockley Rise, Forest Hill, SE23 1JP. 020 8291 2400, www.babur.info

For reservations, go here.


Tamarind. Tamarind in Mayfair has created a 3-course menu interpreting regional Indian dishes. We love the sound of Devonshire crab & kingfish cake with ginger, mustard and lime leaves served with berry chutney and the kid goat braised with browned onion, Kashmiri chillies and cinnamon. The vegetarian menu – with dishes like sago & cassava cake with ginger and spring onion, and bottle gourd dumpling simmered with tomato, chilli & honey, looks equally delectable.

20 Queen Street, Mayfair, W1J 5PR. 020 7629 3561, www.tamarindrestaurant.com

For reservations, go here.

Mothers Day desi restaurant - Benares

Benares. If you’re in the mood to splurge, the elegant Benares is serving up a 6-course tasting menu as well as more affordable 2-course and 3-course options for both lunch and dinner on 26th March. We’re loving the sound of Calcutta batak and the hiran ke pasande.

An added perk is a box of delicious handmade chocolates to go for all Mums on Mother’s Day.

12a Berkeley Square House, Mayfair, W1J 6BS. 020 7629 8886, www.benaresrestaurant.com

For reservations, go here.


By Rida Bilgrami.


Posted on 24 March 2017

Top photo: Hoppers

Photos courtesy: Hoppers (David Loftus),Talli Joe (Charlie McKay), Trishna (David Loftus), Babur and Benares




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