- Colony (restaurant)
Colony Restaurant information Established 2010 Current owner(s) Carlo Spetale. John Lacombe (manager) Head chef Atul Kochhar Food type Asian cuisine City London Country United Kingdom Coordinates Website Official site
Colony, or Colony Bar and Grill is a restaurant, bar and grill located at 7-9 Paddington Street, Marylebone, Central London, England. It opened in early April 2010 and is run by restauranteur Carlo Spetale and the Michelin-starred executive chef Atul Kochhar.
The cuisine of the restaurant is inspired by that of the British colonies from colonial Asia, East Africa, the Caribbean etc. but is mainly inspired by Indian street food, specifically "the marinades, aromatic flavours and grilling methods" of the street traders of colonial Asia.  The General Manager of the restaurant is John Lacombe, formerly of the The Connaught Hotel, 5th Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols and Notting Hill Brasserie amongst others. Lacombe is also responsible for the winery of the restaurant. It has a reputable cocktail lounge.
The restaurant has received mixed reviews. Zoe Williams of The Daily Telegraph was highly praising and described the restaurant as "I think this is what heaven will look like – complete with a barman making you feel it would be almost rude not to have a martini. " Williams was content with her meal and remarked that the "pancakes were made of chickpea flour (the chickpeas’ main contribution was a lovely, rich density, with only the whiff of their flavour), packed with spinach, in a tomato and cream sauce".
Tracey MacLeod of the The Independent was critical about the menu, saying:
Colony, in slightly less leafy Marylebone, calls itself a bar and grill, but the menu is far less casual than this implies. Rather than serving a selection of patties, puris and grilled meats, or going down the Anglo-Indian route pioneered by Chutney Mary, the restaurant offers complex, recondite dishes which would have the memsahibs calling for the smelling salts. Roasted mallard marinated in lindi peppers and stone moss? Lamb meat loaf infused with rose petals? Veal vindaloo with coriander chips? Whatever this is, it certainly isn't street food.
She said about the food, "Even though many of the dishes we tried were very good, they weren't quite good enough to earn Colony a rave review", and remarked that the chicken tikka masala was "authentically inauthentic, in its creamy sweetness and brick-red colour." Both MacLeod and Hugo Rifkind of The Times were unconvinced with the authenticity of the cuisine, mentioning that is more a fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines rather than truly Asian.
The restaurant is said to be a favourite of Simon Cowell's when he is in London and in September 2010 Liam Gallagher stormed out of the restaurant after the staff refused to make him a bacon butty.
- ^ a b "What the reviews say: Colony bar and grill". The Sunday Times. May 13, 2010. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/eating_out/article7124331.ece. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
- ^ a b "Team". Colony Bar and Grill. http://www.colonybarandgrill.com/team. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
- ^ a b c Williams, Zoe (April 13, 2010). "London restaurant guide: Colony, London W1". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/7585763/London-restaurant-guide-Colony-London-W1.html. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
- ^ a b c MacLeod, Tracey (April 4, 2010). "Colony Bar and Grill, 7-9 Paddington Street, London". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/reviews/colony-bar-and-grill-79-paddington-street-london-1932418.html. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- ^ Norman, Matthew (April 10, 2010). "Colony London Restaurant Review". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/apr/10/colony-london-restaurant-review. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
- ^ "Liam Gallagher storms out of restaurant after not being served bacon butties". Daily Mirror. September 4, 2010. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/09/04/liam-gallagher-stomps-out-of-restaurant-after-not-being-served-bacon-butties-115875-22536169/. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
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