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Valentine’s Day: Indian Love Bites and Afternoon Tea at Daawat

SEEN recommends that Londoners looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the capital try the exclusive Indian Love Bites menu at Daawat, the Strand Palace Hotel’s Indian restaurant in the ‘love-heart’ of the West End, home to award-winning chef Asharaf Valappil.

The Indian Love Bites menu, launched this month for Valentine’s Day, is a collection of small plate dishes packed with intense flavour, so diners can experience the incredible variety of tastes of India in one meal.

Asharaf Valappil said: “I wanted to invite diners to experience Indian cuisine in a fresh and original way. So I created Indian Love Bites, which allows guests to indulge in many flavours and spices in a relaxed and informal dining experience where the vast range of ingredients and tastes take centre stage.”

Born in Kerala and brought up on the south Asian influences of traditional homemade cooking, Daawat chef Asharaf Valappil has called on the exotic spices of the Afghan Road, Middle Eastern flavours and a strong Keralan influence to deliver an inimitable and true taste of Indian food.

The new Indian Love Bites menu will spice up any Valentine’s Day at just £39 per person with a selection of beautiful flavours and finished with an exquisite chocolate and strawberry cheesecake. The Indian Love Bites menu is available for lunch and dinner from 12pm-11pm and served with a strawberry bellini to get the evening started. SEEN can’t praise Daawat enough for the quality and flavour of the food.

Kick off with Small Plates Starter of Chicken malai, chicken pieces with cream cheese, cardamom and fennel; Tandoori paneer tikka with tamarind and kachumbar salad; and Sukkah jinga, which is tiger prawn, onion, curry leaves wrapped in banana leaves.

For your Main Course, go for Chicken vindaloo, spicy Konkan curry with red chilli and smoked shallots; Saag tandoori paneer (v), clay oven paneer with baby spinach, onion, tomato; or Kashmiri lamb chops with potato podimas. For your side dishes choose from Daal makhani, Saffron pulao and Butter naan.

Dessert is the delicious Chocolate and strawberry cheesecake with cardamom cream.

The hotel is in the very heart of the city. You could add to the romance and continue the evening with an overnight stay. Lovers can also treat their other half to the special Valentine’s Afternoon Tea, which includes both traditional and Indian treats, complete with a passion mousse to set the mood. This limited edition tea is available daily from 12pm – 5.30pm for just £30 per person and is also served with a strawberry bellini.

Enjoy Finger Sandwiches: Beetroot gravlax in malted bloomer; Tomato wrap filled with chicken tikka and mint chutney; Paneer pakora on potato stuffed flatbread; Cucumber and cream cheese on white bloomer. Tea pastries include: Red berry tart; Strawberry shortbread; Red velvet cake; Passion mousse; Macaroon; Chocolate praline lollies; and of course, freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, all served with a selection of freshly brewed teas and a strawberry bellini. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Strand Palace Hotel
372 Strand