WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28: Part of the House of India’s charm lies in its authentic décor and interesting artefacts, many of which originate from Delhi.
Co-owner Ashok Uppal visits India every six months and over the years he has brought back a treasure trove of ornaments and paintings to decorate the restaurant.
As you enter the seating area a bronze statue of the Hindu deity Ganesha, surrounded by flower petals floating in water, welcomes you in.
Inside, there are silk paintings and hangings, intricate wooden carvings and musical instruments.
Ashok’s wife and business partner Geri Rodrigues also occasionally visits India with her husband and is largely responsible for the overall design of the restaurant.
“India is full of colour — it is so vibrant,” she explains.
“I fell in love with the colour and wanted to bring that back here.”
For the most recent renovation she has chosen a mix of deep raspberry and brightly striped seat covers; rich, purple napkins and stone effect walls to add a touch of Bermuda.
As part of the expansion she deliberately kept the two dining rooms separate in order to retain the House of India’s “cosy feel”.
Large wall mirrors expand the intimate space so it never feels cramped.
The authentic décor is complemented by soft lighting and Indian music.