The Pukka Bar, a unique destination bar in St James’s.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

We continue to impress unbiased critics along with our customers and are grateful for the feedback that brings with it high praise, as well as great reward for our talented chefs and obliging staff

EXTRACTS ARE GIVEN BELOW. FULL REVIEWS ARE IN THE MEDIA CENTRE


THE SUNDAY TIMES, AA GILL – THE MAXIMUM 5* STARS FOR FOOD

“It is, by far and away, the nicest dining room in St James’s… A comfortable, modern and elegant dining room blissfully free of the tired and threadbare clichés of Anglo-Indian restaurants."

"….really interesting, regional and varied dishes that use a brilliant cornucopia of masalas, seasonings and outré ingredients. The spicing is subtle and assured. …. The Hyderabadi lamb shank was lustrous.”

“Vegetarian options are as good as the meat ones… Pudding was moreish salted caramel kulfi. I drank the best lassi I’ve been offered outside India.

Chutney Mary’s great success is its constant investigation of the enormous variety and ingenuity of south Asian cuisine… This restaurant is a testament to a lifetime of forensic appetite and experience."

"...But if there is better pan-Indian restaurant in London than Chutney Mary, I haven’t eaten in it.” 

TIME OUT, ROOPA GULATI GAVE THE MAXIMUM 5 STARS

"When Chutney Mary opened in Chelsea 25 years ago, it put refined Indian dining on London’s culinary map...

…the cooking is exemplary, offering classic dishes alongside lighter flavours.

A dainty pale of chicken wings – is there such a thing? These were… A soupy rendition of Nihari soup was also top-drawer...

Grills go far beyond regular offerings… A seared, pink-cooked duck breast was splendidly matched with caramelised onions, apricots (jardaloo) and jaggery (palm sugar), sharpened with ginger and vinegar, and topped with a tangle of potato straws...

The hit parade continued with the lal maas from Rajasthan...

If you’re having dessert, try the hot carrot halwa soufflé. Fudgy, milk-simmered cardamom carrots were transformed from a traditional winter warming Punjabi pud into an elegant finale. Service, as expected, doesn’t miss a beat.”

THE EVENING STANDARD, GRACE DENT 

“Many of the Chelsea-era Mary’s signature dishes, including the green curry, have remained, but there are new temptations, such as sautéed Cornish crab in chilli butter and lobster biryani. The kid biryani is comfortingly devourable…

Inside, the dining room is irrefutably stunning. It’s rare in London that I feel even vaguely underdressed — more is more being my mantra — but the all-new Chutney Mary is just the right mix of capacious, candle-bedazzled, art-strewn and Bentley-visited to make one suddenly regret not slinging on better diamonds”

THE AA, SIMON NUMPHUD

“Impressive Chutney Mary, imaginative Indian food. Careful spicing allows ingredients to shine at new location. Stunning interiors too.”

THE TELEGRAPH LUXURY, BEN MCCORMACK

“You will find dishes familiar from other restaurants done very well here – sweet-fleshed tiger prawns around which a skein of golden batter has been woven, say – but the very best are those that you won’t have seen before. Baked venison samosa comes as a pastry cone as thin and crisp as a dosa, with a couple of blobs of deeply flavoured date and tamarind chutney to smear onto the richly minced meat piled within. Duck jardaloo has slices of pink-cooked Creedy Carver duck layered over a sticky, sweet-and-sharp jam of apricot, chilli, jaggery and vinegar.

This is food that is as enjoyable as it is eye-opening.”

THE MICHELIN GUIDE 

St James’s and Chutney Mary are proving to be the perfect fit and the cooking just keeps getting better. 

SQUAREMEAL LIFESTYLE 

Chutney Mary wins Square Meal Lifestyle BMW Best New Restaurant Award.

“For a restaurant to reach the 25-year mark is unusual; for it to mark that anniversary by moving to a totally different part of the city is unheard of.”

EVENING STANDARD LIFESTYLE, AMIRA HASHISH

“The new home of Chutney Mary incorporates dazzling decor that is fitting for this sumptuous environment...

Colourful bespoke artwork, historical photographs and Rajasthani artefacts bring the new St James's home of Chutney Mary to life following the restaurant's 25-year stint on the Kings Road. Dramatic light installations and candles add to the drama.”