When Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express Grows Up


“Asma Khan’s food is more aromatically spiced that the ‘hot hot hot’ spicing many British palates have come to believe is Indian fare. It’s layered and complex and sophisticated.”

Asma Khan is utterly delightful. Warm and gregarious. Witty and charismatic. Her energy is so contagious that you just want to join her army and do whatever it is she’s doing.  In fact, I did join her ‘army’, when she curated the #MyLondonSupperClub series to promote the role ex-pats play in contributing to the richness of life in the United Kingdom. She rounded up as many ‘outsiders’ as she could find, and gave us a post-Brexit platform upon which to demonstrate that immigrants make a contribution to British society and contemporary culture, and not are just opportunists grabbing at the NHS as characterised by UKIPs dogdey bus ads. But I digress.

 

I was a bit nervous the first time I ate Asma’s food.  I ‘met’ Asma on social media many years ago and found her friendly and inclusive. We bumped into each other IRL (In Real Life) at a function for SupperClub hosts. She said she was doing a pop-up in Soho so I promised to come.  It’s not that I thought her food wouldn’t be good, it’s just that I had so hoped it would be and didn’t want to think about the fibs I might need to tell if it wasn’t. No need to fret or prepare fibs. Asma’s food is divine.

 

Her food has diverse influences and is more aromatically spiced that the ‘hot hot hot’ spicing many British palates have come to believe is Indian fare. It’s layered and complex and sophisticated.  It slides down so easily that you’ll find yourself ordering another Prawn Malaikari or Tamarind Dal. It’s got the comfort of your Nan and the pizazz of a supermodel.

 

And now I hear on the foodie vine that Darjeeling Express, Asma’s venture that started as a supperclub and morphed into a pop-up, will be ‘stepping out’ as a fully fledged bricks and mortar restaurant in Spring. How wonderful! Book your places ladies and gentlemen – this is bound to be a goodie.

 

Bring on Spring, I need some Kala Channa and the charisma of a woman who can muster an army.

 

Asma Khan: Darjeeling Express 

Asma Khan’s next journey – a permanent restaurant in Kingly Court, Soho
Opening: Spring 2017

Darjeeling Express
Kingly Court
Soho

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