Restaurant Review: Carom
On Soho’s Wardour Street in the heart of the West End sits an Indian restaurant that ticks boxes most others don’t tick, most importantly with its ambience and the quality and value of menu.
Named after both an Indian spice and an Indian snooker-style game, Carom lies in the capable hands of executive chef Vishnu Natarajan, who has risen from the streets of Chennai in the south of the subcontinent to the helm of this, D&D’s first Indian restaurant.
His menu of refined regional and pan-Indian dishes of varying sizes encourages a wider, more sharing experience. Highlights include the Dakshin tiger prawns with curried ketchup and hometown speciality Chennai chicken curry.
The venue itself is part of the Meza complex, with Floridita below and Carom occupying the spacious ground floor fronted by a lively bar and lounge – its cocktail list offers signature India-inspired creations that you won’t find anywhere else.
Carom’s erstwhile decor of chiffon curtains and dark furnishings has recently been given a full make-over, resulting in a new, lighter ambience which has reportedly gone down well with clientele. Its private booths remain, however, making for a cosy setting amid the bustle, and the attentive service does everything justice.
Valentine’s deal: A bespoke sharing menu created by Vishnu taking inspiration from the whole of the subcontinent, including an indulgent Alleppy lobster curry and finished with ‘The Lovebox’ – a sumptuous mixture of desserts including cherry & chocolate heart-in-cake. (Only £42pp).
100 Wardour St, W1F 0TN. www.meza-soho.co.uk