First off the movie -
Directed by Lasse Hallström. With Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon. " The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery."You know that old cliche "we laughed, we cried, we ..." - it's been a long time since we've seen a movie that actually really did that - but Hallström's did: over and over again. It's brilliant, it opened yesterday, and I can't recommend it enough. All three of us had been having a really bad week and wanted nothing more than to curl up under the duvet with a tub of ice-cream and a puppy, and we all left the cinema feeling happy. So skip the Xanax, and see this movie instead.
Edible Cinema event, but I can't recommend it enough (sign up for their mailing list as they sell out literally in minutes).
They give you a little tray with numbered snacks and drinks - plus a cocktail as you come in, courtesy of Bombay Sapphire Gin.
(Vegetarian and non-alcoholic options are available when you book).
Atul Kochhar of Benares - as a Michelin starred Indian chef he could almost [removed to avoid spoilers] ... and this neatly side-stepped the Indian food vs Michelin food conundrum.
I'm not sure how on earth I have not eaten at Benares, but the food was so good that I plan to rectify that mistake as soon as possible.
the Electric Cinema as the seats are large and comfortable, with little footstools in front and tables in between - it's the movie theater equivalent of flying Virgin Upper Class.
They can also be picked up from the various grocers on Moscow Road in W2 or (for a small fortune) at La Fromagerie or the grocer in Borough Market.
If after seeing the movie you want an honest no nonsense non chichi Indian meal ... I'm not sure where to recommend (suggestions welcome!) but I can highly recommend the fabulous Punjabi Tayyabs in Whitechapel.