To celebrate the launch of their exciting new ‘Paris Meets Pondicherry’ dining series, Bistro Vadouvan is teaming up with Michelin-starred Éric Chavot for a French feast with flair
Taking place on 20th March, join Bistro Vadouvan, the riverside restaurant in Putney, as they welcome Michelin-starred Éric Chavot for the launch of their new ‘Paris Meets Pondicherry’ series.
Having learned his trade under the tutelage of Chef Chavot, Bistro Vadouvan’s Head Chef Durga Misra will be joined in the kitchen by his former mentor and dear friend.
They’ll be serving up a three-course menu inspired by two cities that encapsulate Durga’s cooking style.
Durga’s appreciation for classical French fine dining first saw him in the kitchens of Pascal Proyart’s One-O-One in Knightsbridge, but it was at The Capital Hotel where he met Chef Chavot, reaffiriming his passion for French cuisine.
In 2017 Durga launched his first restaurant, Bistro Vadouvan. Showcasing a menu that combines his classic French training and expertise with his understanding of spices, dishes draw from his Indian heritage and extensive travelling across the Middle East.
Situated on Putney Wharf with picturesque views overlooking the Thames and Putney bridge, the homely, wooded interior offers a warm atmosphere conjured by pendant lighting when dusk falls.
A city that best reflects this style of cooking is India’s coastal city, Pondicherry, where the cuisine is influenced by the city’s large French community and whose cuisine is an expression of the Bistro Vadouvan ethos of ‘French meets spice.’
About the night
Firstly, sip on Bistro Vadouvan’s signature cocktail ‘Bistro Sour’ made using whisky and curry leaves infused beer syrup.
Next, decide between two dishes for each course, starting with a beetroot croquette, flavoured with cinnamon and bay, alongside a salad of avocado and mint; or a beef tartar (an ode to Chavot’s decadent ‘beef tartar imperial’ at Bob Bob Ricard) with smoked aubergine, preserved lemon and toasted almonds.
For mouth-watering mains, guests can enjoy gurnard, cooked with fresh lime, coconut and green chilli and served to the table in a banana leaf.
To finish, Durga has created a creamy saffron and cardamom poached pear, with vanilla mascarpone cream. There will also be an extensive wine list available, plus a selection of Champagne.
“The idea of a menu that takes influence from the two cites of Paris and Pondicherry perfectly sums up our cooking at Bistro Vadouvan, French dishes and techniques with a touch of spice” says Misra.
“I remember when Durga first stepped into my kitchen many years ago as an eager fresh-faced chef. I can’t wait to be joining him to dish up a menu that really showcases the style and creativity that makes Bistro Vadouvan’s food what it is today” adds Chavot.
When: 20th March 2019.
Where: 30 Brewhouse Lane, Putney Wharf, Putney, London SW15 2JX
How: £35 per person. Please phone 0203 475 3776 or click here to reserve.
The menu: Available Tuesday-Sunday from 5.30pm for two months following 20th March 2019.
Images courtesy of Jade Nina Sarkhe