New stylish curry house will bring glam Indian to Southsea '“ and 20 jobs

A STYLISH new Indian restaurant is due to open '“ offering customers a twist on the traditional Indian menu.

Wednesday, 28th September 2016, 5:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:20 pm
Jhilmil, in Osborne Road, Southsea

Jhilmil, in Osborne Road, Southsea has created 20 jobs and has undergone a £100,000 refurbishment.

It will provide a fine dining experience, serving traditional Indian dishes along with special hand-crafted additions.

The food is inspired by health and wellbeing with locally-sourced organic ingredients being of high importance to owner Abdul Lekitch.

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The businessman said he believed that freshness and quality of produce was the most important aspect of the restaurant business.

Abdul said: ‘It is necessary to have good knowledge of the food you are serving.’

The building was formerly Indian restaurant Jewel in the Crown. Now it has undergone a huge renovation to turn it into a high-class restaurant.

Highlights include a hand-designed mural of the Taj Mahal, which took two months to finish, and chandelier-style light fixtures.

In contrast, the tableware has a rustic theme.

Business partner Giash Uddin, 46, said: ‘Our tasting menu offers customers four options which come with a pre-selected fine wine.

‘No Indian restaurant has done this in Hampshire.’

He said that, appropriately, Jhilmil translates as ‘sparkle’ which complements the restaurant’s glamorous decor.

After working as a chef for many years, Giash is involved in all aspects of preparing Jhilmil for opening. The dishes are tried and tested by Giash and Abdul, who have strived to create a menu of ‘designer food.’

This includes ensuring that customers with special dietary requirements, such as vegans, are not left out.