Housed in the former fire station in the London Borough, Mathura will be Kochhar’s largest and most âambitiousâ restaurant, with a capacity of 200 people.
The central London site was first mentioned in mid-2019, shortly after the former Benares chief Kanishka launched in Mayfair.
Scheduled to launch on October 20, Mathura is billed as a ‘unique concept of fine dining’ that links’ the glorious cultures and flavors of India and nine of its surrounding countries, including China, Nepal and Sri Lanka â.
âWe don’t just create a menu that pays homage to all the fantastic culinary traditions from across Asia, we take a fresh look at the best of each country and offer a fresh take on Indian cuisine,â said Kochhar. .
âIt’s my love affair with all the wonderful food I have eaten in my travels, reinterpreted by me and my team to create a truly innovative dining experience in one of the most magnificent settings you will find. in London.”
Details of the menu – which Kochhar co-wrote with executive chef Shishir Sinha – have yet to be released, but the focus will be on the theater with a number of flambÃ© dishes at the table.
Spread over two floors, Mathura will have a dining room for 60 people with an open kitchen; a destination bar; two private dining rooms and a chef’s table.
The Grade II listed station was designed in the Free English Baroque style, and many of the original features, including the original tiles and the fireman’s pole, have been retained.
The interior is described as “rich but contemporary”, reflecting the design influences of the Indian city of Mathura (in Uttar Pradesh), the capital of the former kingdom of King Kanishka.