“Guest” Chef Arbinder Dugal Sells Out £105 Tasting Menu Pop Up in Maldon Brasserie

He got to the final of The Roux Scholarship, worked for Sat Bains and was a semi finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2019.

Last year he designed the menu at new restaurant Attawa in Dalston and this year, through the aches and pains of lockdown, he’s continuing his rise to the top of modern Indian cuisine by selling out a pop-up at Dante’s Brasserie in Maldon.

Arbinder Dugal is certainly a chef to watch, especially if you are interested in interpretations of Indian food created by and young and imaginative chef who has had the courage to compete at the highest levels.

The evening, which costs £105, is a showcase for the young Indian chef from the Punjab and runs from the 13-15th July.

He calls his distinctive style Progressive Indian and yet his roots were humble but he credits growing up with a tandoor in his back yard and a mother who was a huge influence on his cooking.

He said: “Becoming a chef was my biggest passion since childhood. Being Punjabi, we think of food all the time and the inspiration behind this was my mom who makes awesome food at home and we had a Tandoor in the backyard it kept me busy with experiments both big and small!”

So, what are guests so excited about? Well, for starters the menu is interesting and sure to be popular.

Maldon Oyster
Five spice gooseberry compote, coriander oil

Quinoa and Beetroot
Heritage beetroot, multi seed quinoa chaat, beetroot and quinoa crisp, beetroot ketchup, yoghurt foam

Chalkstream Trout
Charcoal mi cuit, black salt buttermilk, Kachumber crispy chicken skin

Mint & coriander crusted lamb rump, pressed lamb shoulder, corn purée, Asian ratatouille, green peppercorn korma

Tamarind and mango compote

Miso Mousse
White chocolate, textures of walnut, milk crumbs & brown butter ice cream.