Thursday night saw The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts group at Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge welcome a host of handpicked guests to enjoy the launch of the fabulous Bukhara Pop-up restauant.
In London for only two weeks, Bukhara is creative directed by New York based socialite, jewellery designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia, with Executive Chef Manjit Gill showcasing a variety of mouth-watering north Indian tandoor dishes. With a cast iron reputation, already the bookings are capacity for this esteemed pop-up.
The attendees at the launch came from the world of fashion, art, food and media. Amongst the guests hosted by Waris (pictured above) & The Luxury Collection were actor Tom Hollander, models Liberty Ross, Hella Lund and Louisa Gamon along with socialites Sophia Hesketh, Tabitha Denholm, Matilda Sturridge and Mary Charteris. Paula Goldstein was also amongst the guests with Christopher Taylor and artist, Conrad Shawcross.
Guests arrived to drink champagne and cocktails at a transformed first floor restaurant area with drapes, low lights and Indian themed styling before wandering into the ‘magical garden’ designed by Waris - an Indian tent with full bar, low chairs, coloured cushions and tables with foliage that covered discreet chats.
Highlights of the evening included the delicious Bukhara food prepared by Chef Manjit Gill, including the delicious Sikandri Raan; a leg of spring lamb, marinated in a mixture of malt vinegar, cinnamon and black cumin that was unbelievably the best Indian dish I'd ever encountered and the Tandoori Jhinga; jumbo prawns marinated in an ajwain flavoured mixture of yoghurt, red chillies, turmeric and garam masala. Says Chef Manjit Gill, "This pop-up is an amazing opportunity to transport the tastes of Bukhara from New Delhi to London, taking a new generation of diners on an epicurean adventure that we hope will inspire guests to visit or re-visit India soon."
Situated at The ITC Maurya, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Delhi, Bukhara is renowned as an award-winning Indian culinary institution and for 35 years has been recognised as one of the world’s best Indian restaurants. www.theluxurycollection/
The Bukhara pop up has also committed to supporting Elephant Family, a non-profit body whose goal is to push the plight of endangered Asian elephants to the fore, by donating a portion of proceeds to the charity. "I have always believed in Elephant Family's mission to protect the majestic creatures that call India their home," says Waris Ahulwalia.
The Bukhara Pop-Up is open for dinner from Thursday 17th May to Friday 1st June from 6.30pm to 10.30pm each night.