Ravinder Bhogal is probably best known for her articles, books and TV appearances - as well as a series of successful residencies. And now she's getting ready to open up her own restaurant in Marylebone, Jikoni. As Chef Patron, she's teaming up with restaurateur Ratnesh Bagdai, who has been with Caprice restaurants, Hix, Brindisa and many more.
The restaurant will take its influences from Britain, East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia and is, as she puts "simply the kind of food I love to cook and eat with friends and family at home".
Planned for the menu are:
- Her signature scotch eggs, including a "Prawn Toast quail scotch egg with Banana Ketchup and Pickled Cucumber", and "Goan inspired pork scotch egg served with Tomato and Ginger Chutney and Carrot Achaar".
- Small plates are an Indian take on the American ‘sloppy joe’ made with Herdwick mutton keema, pickled onions and mint chutney
- Larger dishes include a spiced up shepherd’s pie and home ground "Ras Hal Hanout Lamb served with Mujadarra".
- There will also be a daily changing rice plate featuring curries of the world including Kuku Paka – a chicken curry from Kenya made to a family recipe.