Set on Albermarle Street in the heart of Mayfair, Indian Accent arrives in London following two highly acclaimed restaurants in New Deli and New York, both having sat in the World’s 50 Best List. Headed up by Chef Manish Mehrotra, regarded as one of the most exciting modern Indian chefs globally, and owned by leading restaurant group Old World Hospitality.
DesignLSM were briefed to create a luxurious, refined dining experience as a backdrop for the innovative Indian cuisine, referencing the colour and materials of traditional Indian architecture. Housed in a Grade II listed building, the two floor restaurant was completely stripped and re-fitted by DesignLSM. The heritage of the building was influenced the restrained exterior design. The traditional timber shopfront uses a minimal colour palette with a dark grey backdrop, projected signage and illuminated menu boxes.
The Guest Journey
On entering Indian Accent, guests are greeted in a warm and atmospheric lobby, which provides a glimpse into the main restaurant area through opulently decorated glass doors. The space is adorned with natural stone flooring, dark grey polished plaster walls and walnut joinery framed with a thin brass edging. The dominant feature is the traditional liquor display cabinet showcasing a vast array of the world’s finest whiskeys.
In contrast, the main restaurant area conveys an elegantly restrained palette of materials and colours – featuring decorative jali screens, luxurious green velvet seating and authentic textured plaster walls; all of which perfectly harmonize to create a refined ambience. A stunning spiral staircase with brass fretwork referencing traditional Indian architecture leads guest downstairs to the lower ground floor which is designed to be an intimate and inviting space ideal for private functions and diners.
Indian Accent opened in late-December and is already listed as one of London’s best new restaurants. Manish’s highly crafted skills in fusing classic Indian dishes with global influences sees unique dishes being offered alongside a selection of fine wines, whisky and cocktails for their patrons delight revealing the delicate blend of Indian spicing and global cuisine.
Photography: James French