Colonel Saab

22nd July 2021

Indian hotelier Roop Partap Choudhary is to open a UK restaurant in September.

Choudhary, who is behind hotels including The Jewels hotel in Karnal, India, is launching Colonel Saab in London’s Holborn. The venue will have 150 covers, withencompassing a 100-cover dining room and mezzanine, and two private dining rooms hosting up to 50 guests.

The menu takes inspiration from Choudhary’s many childhood travels throughout India with his parents, with the restaurant named in homage to his father Manbeer, who was known as “Colonel Saab” during his time in the Indian army. The all-day menu will offer dosas from south India, served with a choice of meat, seafood or vegetarian options, alongside rice dishes served in tiffins. The dinner menu will offer a choice of small plates to share through to larger individual plates.

The drinks list will feature cocktails designed to complement the food menu alongside Indian-made gin, whisky and rum.

Roop said: “Colonel Saab has been almost a decade in the planning and, after this past year or so, it’s great to have some positive news to share. London was always my first choice to open a restaurant outside of India. You have one of the best and most diverse dining scenes in the world and I’ve loved visiting and eating my way around the capital for many years now, so when this central London site came up it really was a no-brainer for me.”