Restaurants & Bars

new "Trendian" restaurant in London

magnolia | Feb 2, 200204:31 AM

I went to Ophim, an Indian restaurant at 139 Wardour Street, which is of the new 'Trendian' ilk...i.e. very design-y. It has been open since early December and we succumbed to their heavy promotion of 'all-you-can-eat' deals, for $7.50 (i.e. half price of the standard) if you arrive before 19h00 (weekends too). We were very pleasantly surprised. We ate in the upstairs informal brasserie, there is also a downstairs more formal restaurant/lounge. We ate upstairs, where the concept is that they bring you a taster of everything on the menu, and then you can re-order whatever you liked - everything, if you liked everything. This consists of about 10 dishes, slow braised lamb; lentil risotto; okra; tandoor chicken in a light tomato sauce; tilapia fish; a black lentil dhal; chickpeas; potatoes with mint& yoghurt, rice, bread and a couple of other items I can't recall. THe dishes look small but we were stuffed after a second round. The service was very friendly and earnest, a team of hip youngsters could just keep up with the chaos as the place filled up. I didn't see anyone smoking but I'm not sure of the policy; it got progressively louder, as there is nothing to soak up the sound. But the food was really good - though I can't comment on authenticity - and you can't beat the price. A very welcome addition to Soho, which generally suffers from a spate of overpriced, mediocre clones in the so-called 'mid-price' range.

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