It’s all change in Chapel Allerton as 4 Kitchens takes over from Siam Oriental…
You know what they say, when one door closes another opens and that’s certainly the case here. Our old favourite, Siam Oriental, has closed its doors, and in its place stands a brand new restaurant – 4 Kitchens is an Indian eatery that serves up authentic dishes from four prominent Indian states, Rajasthan, Delhi, Goa and Maharashtra, hence the name.
It’s the work of four friends – Hemant Ghosh, Tarun Bansal, Ranjit Tiagi and Sunil Sinha have been planning to open a restaurant for years, but it wasn’t until September 2017 that they actually made it happen – and it wasn’t in Chapel Allerton either. They opened their first restaurant in Ilkley, so this is actually their second.
“We’re a bunch of friends who simply share a passion for food. We’ve been in Yorkshire for decades and have never found that authentic cuisine that excited our inner foodie souls. Asian eateries are vast but none made us nostalgic and took our palates back to our cuisine in India. And there came the idea – we felt we needed to create a regional cuisine restaurant to share the food we love with you all,” Hemant told us.
It’s Head Chef Sunil Sinha who’s taking the lead in the kitchen. He’s an award-winning chef with loads of experience. Originally from North India, he trained with the Taj Hotel Group in India, a job that saw him travelling around the country, perfecting regional cuisines as he went. From there, he moved over to the UK and worked his way up to opening his own restaurant, Massala in Cobham, Surrey, which he ran for seven years.
Now he’s brought those same flavours up to Yorkshire with a menu of authentic Indian dishes that you may not have tried before. Oh sure, it has the classics – you can get Lamb Dhansak loaded with pumpkin, dill, tamarind and lentils, and there’s biryani too, cooked in a sealed pot with herbs, spices and your choice of meat. But what they really excel at here is challenging you to try something new.
If you’re feeling extravagant, you could try their Lobster Pepper Fry – it’s a whole lobster, rubbed with turmeric and garlic, then served in a peppery onion gravy with cherry tomatoes, button onions, tempered curry leaves and mustard seeds. Or how about the Monkfish Malabar? They cook the monkfish with oil, mustard seeds, crushed spices, chopped onion, curry leaves and tomato, then add a dash of tamarind and coconut milk.
They have plenty of options for veggies, like their Peas Kachori Chaat, which sees cottage cheese, yoghurt, mint and tamarind piled on top of pea stuffed patties. And coeliacs won’t have any trouble either, because the menu is packed with gluten-free options.
At the bar, you’ll find Cobra and Kingfisher alongside local favourites like Masons and Slingsby Gin. Their wine list has been handpicked by Richard Carr from Premier Cru Wine Merchants to match their dishes, so there’s a little something for every occasion. And it’s all served up in a restaurant that takes its inspiration from Rajasthani – think ethnic lamps, grand chandeliers and eclectic figurines of everything from elephants to camels.
4 Kitchens is a tasty little addition to a suburb that has its own little foodie ecosystem – and it’s made your options even more diverse.
4 Kitchens, 106 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LZ.