New look and cocktails at D&D London restaurant and bar

Carom Restaurant & Bar-421

D&D London is to unveil a new look for its pan-Indian restaurant Carom in Soho this month alongside a new cocktail menu at its bar, the Atrium Lounge.

With a cool and relaxed industrial-inspired design developed by AM Creative, there will be luxurious features and atmospheric lighting across the 250-cover restaurant which first opened four years ago.

It will be split into five main areas: the Sofa Lounge, the Atrium Lounge, the Communal Dining Table, the Dining Room and Private Dining Room.

The spaces will all boast a new soft metallic colour palette of brushed gold, silver and copper, with subtle hues of dusky blue. Contrasting raw textures and natural materials will be accentuated with decadent fabrics and antiques throughout.

Carom’s new cocktail menu, which has been curated by head bartender Massimo Bosio, can be enjoyed in the Atrium Lounge bar alongside a selection of Indian bar snacks.

Indian-inspired creations will include the Bombay Treacle Club, a mix of Amrut Indian whisky stirred with coriander, ginger, and apple, and the Chutney Cooler, using Gabriel Boudier Saffron gin shaken with homemade chutney, passion fruit puree, lemon juice and ginger ale.

Short and strong cocktails will include an exotic Fig and Mandarin Martini, with Stolichnaya Elit vodka, fig liqueur, Mandarine Napoléon liqueur and St Germain elderflower liqueur, as well as herb-infused drinks such as a Rosemary Smash, combining Plymouth Gin with peach liqueur, fresh lemon, rosemary, maple syrup and bitters.

The Atrium Lounge will be furnished with a large “raw edge” timber table, with cut-glass candle holders and cosy upholstery in tactile, neutral fabrics.

A communal dining table of amber-veined marble will be the focal point of the restaurant, along with a Sofa Bar located in the centre of the venue, awash with hidden lighting to showcase the natural slate walls.

Bronze and crystal antique chandeliers will twinkle above, surrounded by comfortable lounge-style seating and eclectic bistro chairs for dining.

Executive head chef Vishnu Natarajan has updated Carom’s classic menu, adding a selection of new plates focused on sharing while socialising. A dish inspired by the nine Navagraha celestial bodies of Hindu astrology will be the perfect sharing-style dining experience, featuring nine sample-sized curry dishes to represent the nine planet and lunar nodes that make up Navagraha.

The platter will including Shalgam lamb, Alleppy prawn curry and paneer saffrani among others, served in antique-styled, hand-hammered copper tableware, costing £35.

Other sharing boards include a 3.5ft tiger prawn skewer served with Carom’s bukhara naan and a Goan dip (£21), while singular dishes feature white crab puttu with onion, coconut, curry leaf and shrimp chutney (£6.50) and Kodi Vepudu curry, which is an Andhra speciality with chicken and cashew nuts (£6.25).

Desserts will include white chocolate and cardamom mousse (£6.50) and Indian opera cake (£6.25).

D&D London has also completed a refurbishment of its Almeida restaurant in Islington, north London, under head chef Tommy Boland, with the creation of a destination bar offering cocktails.

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