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South London Indian restaurant has been added to the Michelin Guide with kebabs for £23.50

The announcement of the Michelin Guide’s newest and best additions are followed with a keen eye, with their Stars, Bib Gourmand and Green Stars being handed out to restaurants across the globe. This year saw L’Enclume in Cartmen, Lake District, bag itself the highest accolade of three Michelin Stars, becoming only the eighth restaurant to do so in the UK.

But as soon as those coveted awards were announced, the Michelin Guide and Inspectors were back out on the road again to seek out some new restaurants which deserve a place in the guide itself. Each month the busy Inspectors will be announcing some of their favorite finds, and one of their most recent choices just happens to be in south London.

Heritage opened up its doors in West Dulwich back at the beginning of 2021, with head chef Dayashankar Sharma at the helm with 30 years of experience under his belt. Originally from Rajasthan in northern India, Dayashankar drew his inspiration and love for cooking from his mother.

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Heritage puts food from across India’s regions at the forefront of their menu

Speaking to Great British Chefs, he said: “I used to follow my mother around everywhere when I was younger, so whenever she was cooking in the kitchen, I was there too.

“As I grew older, the techniques she used started to interest me, and I started asking questions.

“In India almost all families make every meal from scratch, from breakfast to dinner, so there was plenty to see, and then when there were festivals there were lots of sweets and celebratory meals made, which was even more exciting.”

After studying for a diploma in hotel management, Dayashankar worked his way around the Oberoi group of hotels, then the Taj group, enabling his in-depth knowledge of regional Indian cuisine. His professional journey from him eventually led him to the UK, specifically, to Reading, where he worked in a restaurant for one of his previous employer’s brothers.

His culinary CV includes a 14-year stint at the renowned Tamarind Group, owners of the likes of Tamarind and Zaika of Kensington, Frank Trunk Road in South Woodford, before opening up his Dulwich restaurant. Heritage produces food inspired by “our ancestry and cultural past,” as well as paying homage to India’s diverse culinary scene.

Dayashankar told Big Hospitality : “This restaurant is about exploring the myriad cuisines of regional Indian, and sharing that heritage with our customers.”

The 48-cover restaurant offers both an A La Carte and a Tasting menu (however the latter is only served Tuesday to Thursday), where Dayashankar puts a contemporary spin on the country’s traditional and nostalgic recipes to unusual foods from lesser-known Indian regions and communities. Customers will find a whole section of the menu dedicated to kebabs, where you can find the likes of Bharwan Mushroom (stuffed Portobello mushroom with feta cheese and crushed spices), Paneer Aur Pineapple Tikka, and Salmon Methi Kebab (Scottish salmon fillet, fenugreek leaves , mustard & crushed red chillies). Kebab (rice ranged from £13.50 to £23.95)

The Michelin Guide Inspectors noted “the tiger prawns are not to be missed” – so keep an eye out for the Nariyal Wala Jhinga, where you’ll find king prawns served with a creamy coconut and mustard sauce. Other dishes include the Dhaba Wala Murgh (chicken thighs, ground spices and Kashmiri chilli), Kashmiri Lamb, and Baingan Kolhapuri (Roasted Aubergine served with spiced kolhapuri masala).

And if you have a sweet tooth? Expect to sink your teeth into the likes of Gulab Jamun Cheesecake, Jaggery Pudding, or the Heritage Indian Kulfi. Or if a liquid sweet is more your thing, they have a Bhojpura Cutting Chai after-dinner cocktail on the menu too.

If you can’t manage to nab a spot at Heritage, Dayashankar also owns the nearby Jhakaas takeaway.

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how to get there

Address: 101 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8EZ

The closest station to Heritage is West Dulwich.

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