Atul Kochhar to open restaurant in former Westminster Fire Station

This autumn Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, will open the doors to a second central London restaurant Mathura in Westminster.

Named after the capital city of King Kanishka, an emperor of the Kushan dynasty in the second century, the 200 cover restaurant and bar will be housed in the former Westminster Fire Station.

The 5,000 square foot site in Westminster is both a conversion of an existing Grade II listed building and a new build, mixed-use residential project from design-led development managers Alchemi Group. The Mathura team have appointed Rosendale Design, the interior designers behind the likes of The Game Bird, The Ninth and Cabotte, to oversee the project.

A celebrated restaurateur, television personality and cookery book author, Kochhar attained his Michelin star at Indian restaurant Tamarind of London’s Mayfair in 2001.

Mathura is a collaborative project with Tina English, a recognised innovator of London’s Indian dining scene with whom Kochhar opened Kanishka earlier in 2019.

The restaurant’s menu will stay true to the signature Indian flair for which Kochhar is known, continuing to use premium, locally sourced British produce while offering unique and unexpected elements to set it apart from his previous restaurants.

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