Kokum or kokam is a plant in the mangosteen family, indigenous to the western coast of India. Kokam fruit can be blended into a delicious, tangy drink called solkhadi. It is from this staple of Malvani cuisine that Hounslow’s Solkhadi restaurant takes its name. The spicy seafood curries of Goa feature heavily in this London Indian restaurant, served up to diners in rustically elegant premises behind Bar 113 on Hounslow’s High Street.
Owner and head chef Mahesh Shetty cut his teeth in multiple hotel kitchens before founding Solkhadi as a takeaway joint in Hounslow some years ago. Assembling a team of expert Indian chefs, Solkhadi’s excellent Goan cuisine quickly became a fixture in this southwestern London suburb’s culinary scene. By popular demand, Solkhadi expanded into a full restaurant and bar with premises down Hounslow’s High Street that reflect the beachy environment of Shetty’s home on the western coast of India.
Solkhadi’s dishes are also typically Goan, featuring fiery seafood delicacies leavened with tropical flavours. More generally, Solkhadi’s kitchen creates dishes typical of Malvani cuisine, which takes in the regionally specific dishes of Goa and Maharashtra. Seafood and meat predominate in this London Indian restaurant, but there are delicious vegetarian options, too. The flavours and textures of coconut – dried, grated, fried, fresh, as paste or milk – combine with spices such as coriander, peppercorns, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic, plus this Indian restaurant’s namesake kokam, tamarind, and raw mango, also known as kairi. Come on down to Solkhadi on Hounsow’s High Street, behind Bar 113, and take a dip into a paradise of Malvani cuisine.