A soft-spoken, genial man, Modi’s aim was to lift curry from the all-too-familiar British “Vindaloo” and “Madras” to the ranks of haute cuisine, and succeeded in attracting a clientele that included Indians and Hollywood celebrities as well as British diners.
oday, Britain has a multi-billion-pound Indian food industry with many exclusive restaurants, but Modi’s Bombay Brasserie is recognised as being the first of its kind.
Adi Modi arrived in London in March 1982 after being abruptly shifted from his post running the five-star Taj Sheba in North Yemen by his employer, Ajit Kerkar, chairman of the Taj Hotel group in India. Modi’s mission was to open a top Indian restaurant in part of the premises of the newly acquired Baileys Hotel, near Gloucester Road underground station.
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