Sunday, January 27, 2013

Veeraswamy..oldest Indian Restaurant in London

Veeraswamy is the oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the U.K, and possibly the world.
It is one of London's oldest surviving restaurants.
The Veeraswamy Restaurant was established by Edward Palmer in 1926 in Regent Street. Palmer was a retired Indian Army officer and in 1924-5 had run the Indian section at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, where his company, E. P. Veeraswamy & Co., Indian Food Specialists, sold spices, chutneys and curry pastes at the café..

The British tradition of drinking beer with a curry is said to have originated at Veeraswamy's when the Prince of Denmark visited and decided to send a barrel of Carlsberg to the restaurant every Christmas thereafter.

Veeraswamy is decorated to maintain the air of 1920s Indian sophistication with which it opened back in 1926 and reflects the Maharaja’s palaces of the period. The restaurant has been the rendezvous of rich, famous, and fashionable lovers of Indian food. Customers included Edward - Prince of Wales, King Gustav of Sweden, Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, King Hussein of Jordan, and Marlon Brando.

London’s oldest Indian restaurant situated on Regents Street. Open in 1926, this historic Indian eatery recently received a complete transformation with a décor that reflects its original 1920’s glamour. Vibrant Indian colours and jewel coloured lighting set the scene at this first floor restaurant. The menu has also been given an overhaul and dishes are much more bold and authentic. Indulge in flash grilled oysters served with a spicy salsa; raj kachni (puffed wheat poori filled with potato, lentils, tamarind and yogurt); chicken breast rolled with pine nuts, lemon and rose petals and the star of the show – the lobster Malabar curry. There are also numerous seafood dishes inspired by the Southern coastal regions of India.

Veeraswamy has been serving first class Indian food to London’s diners for decades and is certain to do so for many more. A fantastic and legendary Indian restaurant in which to enjoy a romantic evening in the West End.

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