Oooty Station prepares to launch in Marylebone

Ooty Station cocktail
Photo by Charlie McKay

South Indian Marylebone restaurant Ooty is preparing to open sister venue Ooty Station, a “casual” all-day café and cocktail bar.

With an off-street outdoor terrace and counter bar dining inside, the new venue will serve a menu of Indian-inspired bar snacks through to more substantial mains, alongside an extensive cocktail list and bottled beer selection.

Ooty Station’s industrial design is inspired by its namesake station in Ooty in the hills of Tamil Nadu in southern India, featuring statement crittal-style windows, navy blue corrugated metal wall coverings, deep red and mustard tiling, leather seating and dark wood tables.

Ooty’s head chef Manmeet Singh-Bali and sous chef Niru Palakonda have created a varied menu of contemporary dishes inspired by south Indian street food classics, alongside more traditional British bar snacks with an Indian twist.

Bar snacks will include malli chicken wings, mutton methi samosa and goat’s cheese with jalapeño, ghatti masala bun and apple chutney, while the bar bowl menu features meaty options such as keralan lamb stew with coconut rice and lime tomato prawns with mini idli and coriander copra chutney.

Vegetarian options come in the form of spinach and Indian cottage cheese parcels with coriander and garlic dip, and from the griddle, guests will be able to choose from a selection of light home-made dosas, filled with the likes of garlic-tempered soya spinach and lime and curry leaf lamb.

From the bar, guests will be able to choose from a selection of bottled beers, including Kingfisher lager and Bombay Bicycle, and quality spirits alongside Ooty’s house-made cocktails designed to take visitors on a journey through India.

Examples will include the Rose Garden, which consists of Hendrick’s gin with cold-infused Indian rose petals, goji berry liqueur, egg white and bitters, which pays homage to the mountain district of Nilgiri, and Frivolity, a combination of vodka, poppy liqueur, passion fruit purée and burlesque bitters, inspired by the dramatic views of the Kalka-shimla railway station.

Inside, a wide screen TV will show the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon tournament throughout the summer for guests to enjoy over drinks, and the bar snack food menu.

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