Indian street food restaurant arrives in Mayfair

Bindas Eatery is now serving Indian street food at its new restaurant on Princes Street in Mayfair – a debut from founder Mehak Kansal.

The restaurant – which gets its name from the Punjabi word for ‘free spirit and without inhibitions’ – has small plates such as sweet potato bhel puri or haddock pakoras, to larger traditional Punjabi mains of chicken makhani or rajma.

The chaat thali (chaat ka chaska) is served on a traditional round hammered platter, and made up of the following dishes: watermelon chaat, samosa chaat, gol guppas and sweet potato bhel puri.

The restaurant’s butter chicken ‘bomb’ burger is an Anglo-Indian hybrid made with a marinated and spiced chicken thigh, melted emmental cheese smothered in a makhani sauce.

Alternatively, guests can opt for an Indian-Indo-Chinese dish of chicken or chilli paneer, served with a side of veg hakka noodles, and finish with a sweet dessert of traditional Indian ice-cream kulfi or salted caramel gulab jamun.

The restaurant’s menu caters for meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free customers.

The drinks menu offers Indian sodas like Limca and spiced coke Thums Up, or Bindas Eatery’s Tutti Frutti Lassi, made with a mix of berries, rose water and yoghurt.

There’s also a selection of Indian beers, as well as Indian-inspired cocktails such as the mango and chilli mojito, or rose and elderflower gin and tonic.

Kansal was awarded the 2018 Westfield Food Entrepreneur Award, which saw her scoop the prize of mentorship from renowned Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy of Tapas Revolution, and a pop-up eatery at the flagship site in Shepherd’s Bush.

The pop-up at Westfield White City was held in February 2019 for two weeks.