Continuing the proud legacy of hospitality that spans more than three decades; Colonel Saab, from Roop Partap Choudhary, is ready to set a new benchmark in London. Inspired by the travel tales of his parents, Colonel Manbeer and Mrs. Binny Choudhary, Roop is thrilled to offer the sensory joys of Indian cuisine, cast in a beautiful new light.
DURING THE 1970S AND 80S, COLONEL MANBEER WAS POSTED THROUGHOUT THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENTHe read widely and both he and his wife Binny had an eye for the finer things in life, drawing from India’s vast heritage of painting, sculpture, crafts and textiles, and of course, food. Along their journey they began collecting and amassed quite an eclectic and priceless art collection including hand woven Persian carpets from the Silk Route, Tanjore paintings from South India to magnificent temple doors from Gujarat. At every point in their journey, they would drive around in their modest fiat motor car, meeting fascinating people, accumulating artwork and tasting an array of delicious and varied regional food. From traditional local lunches in the tents of Rajasthan to British-inspired Indian breakfasts in the Officer’s Mess, and even stunning banquets hosted by Indian nobility and Maharajas, they experienced it all.
Roop Partap Choudhary
FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLONEL SAABAfter returning home, they mulled over and encapsulated the whole experience. The zeal to serve a community, a region or a human felt stronger than anything else. They ventured into hospitality with a modest hotel and started their journey towards boutique and palace hotels. The hotels are today managed by their proud son Roop Partap Choudhary. The couple have always aimed to infuse a sense of humility, glamour and history with their best- loved home-style traditions from across India, and Roop now hopes to do the same with Colonel Saab.
A Contemporary Viewpoint With An Old Soul
ENJOY INVENTIVE INDIAN SMALL PLATESColonel Saab is the culmination of the journey and adventures across India of two people, Roop’s parents, an Army Officer named Colonel Manbeer Choudhary and his wife Binny. The food is a blend of tradition with global ingredients and techniques, from street food signatures to home style Indian cooking and dishes taken from royal kitchens. Enjoy inventive Indian small plates created to share from regional recipes derived from home-chefs. Colonel Saab offers something for every palate and every occasion. It is a celebration of community and the exchange of eating well and of warmth. The restaurant showcases the unity as well as the diversity of the cuisines of India with a myriad of influences gained across centuries. Colonel Saab is a contemporary viewpoint with an old soul, and a nostalgic palate of memories, aromas and flavours.
Restaurant Covent Garden
AN ECLECTIC DÉCOR WITH CONSUMMATE ELEGANCColonel 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.