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Sindhu by Atul Kochhar: A Marlow Restaurant

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar: A Marlow Restaurant

Nestled on the banks of the Thames in picturesque Marlow is Sindhu. An Indian restaurant within The Macdonald Compleat Angler. Aptly taking its name from the Sanskrit for the Indus River.

A restaurant on the River Thames

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | views

Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar, formerly of Mayfair restaurant Benares, oversees the Sindhu restaurant and brings his Indian food a world away from chicken tikka and kormas to this corner of Marlow in Buckinghamshire.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | decor

Restaurant in Marlow

You’ll be treated to incredible views of the gushing weir through a wall of stained glass leaded windows as you enter. The stylish dining room is a blend of traditional and modern features with dark wood panelling, abstract canvases, mirrored columns and bold yellow upholstered chairs.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | decor

The mix of old and new extends to the menu in this restaurant, designed to celebrate the very best of traditional Indian cuisine in a contemporary manner.M

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | lunch menu

A glass bowl of poppadoms and three fresh chutneys started the proceedings nicely.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | poppadoms and fresh chutneys

This was followed by an amuse bouche of lentil soup. Slightly disappointing and lacking in flavour, it felt more like I’d washed my mouth out in warm cream.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | lentil soup

Things did start to look up from here, my starter of cauliflower spiced tikki, with peas masala and tomato.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | cauliflower spiced tick with peas masala and tomato

Perfectly flavoured, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The plate is made up of two tikki’s, but another two would have hit the spot!

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames

Mr S chose crab pakora tempura with a side of bhel and lemon mayonnaise. A pretty dish which lived up to its looks in the taste department.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | crab pakora tempura with a side of bhel and lemon mayonnaise

The veggie main of paneer filo parcels, spinach and kadhai sauce arrived to a raised eyebrow. Only as I had immediate food envy (even though I don’t eat seafood) at Mr S’s plate of prawns dusted in semolina and herb marinated with moilee sauce, finished with masala potato.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | prawns in semolina and herb marinated with moiled sauce and masala potato

It looked a 100% better than mine – Not that I’m competitive in who chooses the best dishes or anything. Anyway back to the paneer, it tasted divine. So did the prawns apparently, but that’s beside the point.

The soft juicy paneer coated in spices and encased in crunchy filo came with a kadhai sauce packed with flavour from the diced peppers, onions and aubergine.

We were dining on an incredibly great value lunch deal of three courses and a glass of house wine for £29. So pleasantly surprised when the sides of pilau rice and black eye beans arrived.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | black eye beans

Delightfully warming and again bursting with flavour, just like mamma cooks!

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | Pilau rice

And if we’re going to stick to who picked the best dish. The dessert clinched it for me. I definitely won hands down with the gulab jaman brulee topped with pistachio kulfi.

The sweet milk solid balls against the creamy custard and caramelised sugar topping was a match made in heaven.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | Gulab Jaman Brûlée topped with Pistachio Kulfi

Mr S ended his spice fest with a mango ‘cheesecake’ with berries. Delicious, but I think even you will agree – I won! We just about had room for petit fours which followed.

Marlow restaurant | Sindhu Indian restaurant | a restaurant on the Thames | Mango Cheesecake with berries

Sindhu also offers five and seven course tasting menus for £49 and £69 with options for a vegetarian and pescatarian version. As well as an extensive wine list, they serve some great Indian-inspired cocktails using spices and botanicals, like the Sindhu Martini with Tanqueray gin, curry leaves, fresh ginger, lemongrass and fresh lime to the Pista Caipirinha with Chacaca, Frangelico, pistachio essence, fresh lime and sugar. A return visit is needed to try those mouthwatering combinations.

You can see why this Marlow Indian restaurant is included in the top three restaurants of this beautiful town. It’s refined, elegant and serves up some delightful dishes. If you find yourself in this part of the country you must go and try Sindhu out for yourself; see if you agree that it is certainly a contender for one of the best restaurants in Marlow.

Sindhu Restaurant | The Compleat Angler | Marlow Bridge | Marlow | SL7 1RG

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