Histroy of Real Indian Food

Veeraswamy, the UK's
oldest Indian restaurant,
as it was in 1926

HISTORY to the present day

Namita Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani, both successful professionals started the company Chelsea Plaza Restaurants in 1989 which was later renamed Masala World.

Namita was also a leading authority on authentic Indian cuisine. The main focus was on showcasing real Indian cuisine in London, the very finest of Indian cuisine that had yet to be on any menu in any restaurant in the U.K. It was renamed MW Eat in 2012.

To this end the creators set about creating Chutney Mary, their first London fine dining Indian restaurant, in Chelsea, which won the Award of the Best Indian Restaurant in the UK within months of opening its doors.

In 1997 they acquired Veeraswamy, Britain’s most iconic and oldest Indian Restaurant, off Regent Street in the West End. After a studied overhaul of the interiors along with a transformation of the menu and introduction of quality cooking talent, Veeraswamy won Time Out’s Award of Best Indian Restaurant in London.

In 2001 Camellia Panjabi joined the group as a full time director. With a pedigree and pioneering lineage in the world of large-scale food and beverage and fine Indian cuisine with the Taj Group in India, she spearheaded the third fine dining restaurant, the avant-garde Amaya in Belgravia, in October 2004. In 2006 Amaya received a Michelin Star, which it still holds.

In 2001, they also opened their first Masala Zone in Soho, offering a diverse selection of Indian street food and home food at affordable prices in a trendy and vibrant setting. Following its instant success and popularity, they now have seven Masala Zone restaurants across London.

In 2015, Chutney Mary moved to prestigious St. James's Street.

The group has over 500 employees and is the holder of the Investors in People award.