Restaurant Covent Garden
With great effort and under challenging conditions, Roop has brought the most exquisite art and vintage artefacts from the Choudhary's personal collection to London. Handwoven Persian silk carpets and Tanjore paintings, an art form from the South Indian town of the same name (now called Thanjavur).
Indian Antiques at Colonel Saab Restaurant Covent Garden
ORNATE GLASS CHANDELIERS AND ARTEFACTS THAT TELL A TALE
Dining at Colonel Saab is also a feast for the eyes, with a treasure trove of eclectic Indian art and artefacts collected by Roop Partap Choudhary's family on their travels, lovingly brought to London.
The main restaurant features a carved temple door from South India, you will find a grand, pure silver door from a Gujarat temple embellishing the staircase. The opulent dining room is bathed in light by a canopy of ornate chandeliers from Firozabad. A drinks bar made by Asprey for the Maharaja of Patiala proudly sits in the private dining room, while 17th and 18th century Tanjore paintings and handwoven Persian silk carpets adorn the walls and precious decanters and crockery from the palace of the Maharaja of Faridkot shimmer in cabinets.
Indian Restaurant Covent Garden
AN ECLECTIC DÉCOR WITH CONSUMMATE ELEGANCE AT INDIAN RESTAURANT COVENT GARDEN
Colonel Saab goes beyond the artifice of contrived Indian kitsch and presents an eclectic décor with consummate elegance, wit and wisdom. The Choudharys are great lovers of fine art and this is reflected in this aesthetically sumptuous space which combines the traditional with the progressive and is in a way an extension of Roop's own design ethos. It is a celebration of Indian food and drink through the eyes of a couple who had the good fortune to travel the length and breadth of an extraordinary country, interact with locals wherever they went, and collect beautiful things and document what they most loved to eat.
Roop Partap Choudhary
FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLONEL SAAB RESTAURANT COVENT GARDEN
Roop Partap Choudhary is the founder and owner of Colonel Saab. He studied Hospitality in the US, followed by an MBA in Finance from Singapore and a Management programme at the Cornell University where he focussed on Asian Hospitality Patterns.
Continuing his mother and father's proud legacy, Roop is also the Executive Director of the Choudhary's award-winning palace hotel, Noor Mahal in Karnal, Northern India. Prior to working in the family business, he learnt the hospitality ropes at some of India's best-known hotels including the ITC Maurya in Delhi
AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD REVOLUTION IN INDIA, KAREN WORKS CLOSELY WITH COLONEL SAAB INDIAN RESTAURANT CENTRAL LONDON
Credited with de-mystifying International food dating way back to the early 1980s. In addition to writing extensively on the subject of food and wine for over 30 years, she also started Mumbai's first Salad Bar in 1989, followed by a gourmet food business producing small batch artisanal products under her own brand. She had a niche catering business, has anchored top rated TV shows, started a Gourmet Academy and more recently Co-Founded markets by Karen Anand. She develops innovative recipes for multinationals entering the Indian market and works with International hotel and restaurant chains. She was born in Bombay, grew up in London and moved to Paris to study. She now lives in India. She was awarded the prestigious Food & Spirit Award (Trophée de l'Esprit Alimentaire) in 2006 from the French Government and more recently the French Ambassadors Travel Writers Award.
PROFESSIONAL MIXOLOGIST AT INDIAN RESTAURANT IN CENTRAL LONDON COVENT GARDEN
Antony Bertin has already had a stellar career in some of France's top restaurants including Hotel Les Roches on the Cote d'Azur, Chateau d'Artigny in the Loire and Jols in Lyons. He has won many awards including the Martini Barman of the Year France in 2013. For Colonel Saab, Antony has curated some incredible cocktails, including The Colonel Saab - a bourbon and Bombay chai concoction, as well as Binny, named after Mrs. Choudhary and a Jasmine Sour.