Trishna is one of few halal Indian Michelin stared restaurants in London and has been on my list for a long time. They offer a decent lunch bites menu, where 2 dishes £19 per person, 3 for £24, 4 for £29 and 5 for £34. I ordered a total of 6 dishes which are the following, plus lamb chops from the la carte menu for £18.
Paneer tikka anardana [fried onion, mint, corn & pomegranate chat]
Punjabi vegetable samosa chat [chickpea masala, tamarind, sweet yoghurt]
Andhra lamb masala [curry leaf, coastal spices]
Moplah seafood biryani [seabass, shellfish, coriander, pink peppercorn raita]
Bread basket, basmati rice, Hyderabadi dal and wild mustard potatoes
Gajar halwa [heritage carrot pudding, masala chai kulfi, cake]
Cardamom kheer [fig, raisin, pistachio, cardamom]
First of all, there was a lot of food and the portions where great, I was very pleased with the amount of food that arrived, I was very well fed and stuffed after lunch. I have to say I was expecting more for a Michelin stared restaurant, apart from the lamb chops nothing stood out or really made an impression. The lamb chops where very thick and very good, cooked well and Burnt on the outside not dry, and very juicy and moist inside infused with a tandoori flavour a very good piece of meat here.
The paneer was underwhelming but the samosa chaat was light, well textured and good start. The lamb curry was bland and uninspiring, the seafood biryani was cooked well but nothing outstanding.
For dessert, I rounded a nice meal off with a well made Kheer with Kufi, served cold just how I like it.
Venue wise, the space is small and similar to a cafe in Shoreditch, I was expecting better from the decor and the service was rather average for a one star Michelin. Booking was required and we were shown to out table at 1.45pm straight away. I just felt the staff where slight unattentive. Each meal was introduced when brought to the table as standard by a restaurant with a Michelin Star.
The total bill was under £70 which is very good considering it is a Michelin starred restaurant. However, after leaving I noticed that they charged me for 2 dishes per person and not 3, so result! All in all, I think the lunch bites menu was great value and food was filling.