Our Patch July 2015 - Page 11

Our Patch july 2015 &G local PARTNERs Hotelier and BBC star Alex Polizzi with Jay Ghosh and Uttam Tripathy from Hammersmith’s Potli restaurant our pa tch POTLI FEATURED P ARTNER The King Street restaurant adds the Beeb to its list of local fans as it attempts to redefine casual yet exotic dining W hen hotelier and TV presenter Alex Polizzi walked into Potli, she immediately recognised the challenge the Hammersmith eatery was facing. Finding a new head chef to match the Indian restaurant’s focus on authentic spicing, traditional techniques and desire to innovate was a tough job – and one that had proved a long haul for owners Uttam Tripathy and Jay Ghosh. Together, the trio teamed up for the new series of Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial, appearing in four episodes of the BBC2 show, which aired in June. “Alex was on the same page as us from the start,” revealed Uttam, who has owned the King Street restaurant with business partner and chef Jay since 2011. “She was completely grounded and practical, and immediately knew our ambitions and style.” And the award-wining hotelier has given the thumbs up to the ‘passion and hard work’ put in by the friends, who originally met at college in India two decades ago. The eight-month process that whittled down nine chefs to just one – and resulted in the TV show – may have brought the restaurant’s name to a nationwide audience, but it certainly wasn’t lacking local fans before. Set to celebrate its fourth anniversary on Indian Independence Day on August 15, Potli’s Indian market bazaar-inspired food already has a loyal following including theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, actor David Tennant, and boxer David Haye, as well as Indian politician Naveen Putnaik, who leads Uttam’s home province of Odisha. “We aren’t your local curry house that makes three or four sauces for 100 dishes,” explained Uttam. “We are passionate about serving quality, unpretentious Indian market food as a shared experience.” www.potli.co.uk To book a table, call: 020 8741 4328 Turn the page to see the full list of Partners and their locations. To find out more, keep an eye out for our Partner stickers in windows in W6 and W12!