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Luxury restaurant invites guests to join Indian birthday tradition

It’s out with the old and in with the aloo (literally) at posh Indian restaurant, Colonel Saab.

The grand, Holborn dining spot will celebrate its first anniversary this October, with an intriguing twist on the Indian birthday tradition of wearing new clothes and donating old garments to charity. For the first week of October, every diner who brings an old piece of clothing for them to donate to their charity partner Shelter will receive a new, Colonel Saab t-shirt plus 10% discount from the bill. Diners will also receive a complimentary amuse-bouche dessert on 1 and 2 October.

Colonel Saab will also mark the occasion by launching the ambitious, new Memsaab's Tasting Menu, in honour of Choudhary's mother. The £75 progressive tasting menu will give diners the opportunity to choose a wine, Champagne, vodka, whisky or gin for carefully curated cocktails, which Chef Sohan Bhandari will pair with each of the six courses, which include Chilli Mogo - crispy-fried cassava in tangy, soy tamarind - Sarsoi Ajwaini Fish Tikka - mustard and carom marinated fillet - lotus stem koftas and Malpua Waffles laced with rabri and sprinkled in rose petals.

The unique dining concept was launched in the heart of London by Roop Partap Choudhary, who meticulously crafted the menu and art-festooned destination as a “love letter” to his family and India. And despite being launched in a period which has been blighted by the pandemic, Brexit and cost of living crisis, it has not only survived, but thrived to be named one of the top Indian restaurants by Forbes, winning Best Restaurant in Feed the Lion awards and welcoming regulars from Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai - who says “it is the only place which serves the authentic flavours from home” to pop icons, TV stars and presidents.

Definitely cause for celebration. We’ll be there with an old cardi and some balloons, knee-deep in Butter Chicken.

Colonel Saab 193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD

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