The restaurant will be inspired by India’s six distinctive seasons from 40 degree heat in high summer, through to months of rain in monsoon season, which Srivastava says will be evidenced not just in the food but in the decor.Prasad, who left London in 2012 and has spend almost the past decade travelling across India, will be the restaurant’s culinary director.
Dishes on the menu will be based on authentic dishes found in India that have been created specifically for the London venue and will include lotus stem chaat; naga chicken skewers; and Mumbai classic bread rolls; dhunar murgh; and kacchi mirchi ka gosht.
“My philosophy of cooking is to use the traditional and showcase it in a way accepted today,” says Prasad. “That is exactly what we have set out to achieve at Ritu.”
The restaurant will take on the site previously occupied by Moroccan restaurant Yasmeen Kitchen when it opens in July.
“Ritu is a project that has been in my mind for a very long time,” says Srivastava. “With the hospitality industry about to burst back to life and the availability of this beautiful venue in St John’s Wood, now is the perfect time to turn this dream into a reality.
“I can’t wait to welcome guests into Ritu and share with them our incredible cuisine.”