Meet this Indian family of origin who run the chicest restaurants in London
London breathes an air filled with a myriad of flavors from the restaurant-strewn streets. You have the big players like D&D London and Caprice Group who control a number of kitchens across town and one or the other steakhouse after almost every block. But beneath the two ends, a family of Indian descent seems to have hit a sweet spot. Popular as JKS restaurants controlled by a group of three determined siblings – Jyotin, Karam and Sunaina Sethi – they own 15 branches of their 13 brands across London.
With more than 10 different restaurants (and chains) in London, this Indian-born family has made a name for itself
The history of JKS restaurants began with their Trishna restaurant, which offered a variety of dining options ranging from a unique hot dog and champagne combination known as Bubbledogs to a gourmet Indian restaurant, Gymkhana, and a restaurant in the Sri Lankan style, hoppers, rich.
The wine collection at Gymkhana
According to an interview with NDTV, the siblings said it took them three years to create Trishna, an Indian cuisine restaurant, which was their first in 2008. Now their goal is to make the place profitable in about two months. But it has been a learning curve for them, according to Karam (one of the three siblings), who speaking to NDTV said, “We made the mistake of Anglicising it a little too much to suit the local palate rather than it to keep.” powerful, brave, really classic as such. It’s been a tricky 18 months. We were very unknown. “
Check out the chains of JKS restaurant in London
The concept of Gymkhana, one of their leading projects, is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs. As expected, they serve contemporary Indian cuisine with a strong focus on tandoor and chatpatta dishes. The cocktails contain Indian ingredients and flavors to create an Indian take on renowned classics. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2014.
One of the Hoppers outlets in London
Hoppers has a Sri Lankan inspired restaurant in their arsenal and is run by Sunaina Sethi’s husband Karan Gokani. It is rich in family festivities and features bar canapes, seafood grills and beach snacks on the menu. The Hoppers at King’s Cross in London also offers al fresco dining.
Lyle’s is a far cry from other sibling restaurants that are more or less Indianized. Their website states that they have a strong network with farmers and fishermen to support their modern British menu. Lyle’s was awarded a Michelin star in 2015 and ranked 33rd of the 50 best restaurants in the world in 2019.
Sabor is one of the restaurants where JKS has worked with a number of passionate hoteliers. While they take care of the quality, menu and service of the food, JKS takes care of business. Sabor has three different areas, the counter and bar on the ground floor and El Asador on the first floor. Each room offers a different taste and experience of Spanish cuisine and hospitality. And it’s proud to have been awarded a Michelin star in 2018.
The delicious spread at Berenjak.
It all started with Trishna, which the trio opened in 2008. The restaurant started making profits in 2011 and was awarded a Michelin star the following year. It is a modern restaurant with a predominantly coastal menu from southwest India that dominates the menu.
Bao, Berenjak, Brigadiers, Flor, Kitchen Table are other popular restaurants from JKS Restaurants.
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