From its basement venue, Horn Please dishes up sharing plates of contemporary Indian food with wider global influences, plus a menu of exotic cocktails.
It’s safe to say there’s nowhere else quite like Horn Please. This basement space close to the Mitchell Library finds itself somewhere in the intersection of Indian and European cuisines, and revels in the small plate fusion that arises. Chicken tikka comes lathered in a creamy fenugreek sauce, crowned with crispy serrano ham, or try a kicking-hot, Ottolenghi-esque, masala-spiced baby aubergine dish to ramp up the chilli effect. Just when you thought you had the kitchen pegged, out comes a leftfield invention such as grilled venison with a cashew sauce and crispy mushrooms, or a dish of grilled scallops in a sweet and spicy sauce. For dessert, try the outlandish chilli chocolate cream, with spiced ‘sand’ and white chocolate ‘rocks’. The space itself is as whacky as the food, with bric-a-brac adorning the walls and bar, chipboard galore, and Indian newspapers pasted to the walls. They play a high-stakes game with much in the way of sugar, spice and salt, cooking food on the fringes of what you feasibly thought could be considered Indian cuisine.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indian Radio
- Capacity: 44
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £16 per bottle