Chiswick Indian restaurant Republic added to the Michelin guide

Image above: Co-founders and owners of Republic, (L) Kuldeep Mattegunta and (R) Mustaq Tappewale

Republic, the Indian restaurant at 301-303 Chiswick High Rd, has been added to the Michelin guide. This brings the number of Chiswick restaurants in the guide to five: La Trompette, Le Vacherin, Silver Birch, Michael Nadra and Republic.

Republic describes itself as a casual dining experience, which offers the vibrance of fine Indian cooking combined with British seasonal ingredients. This is the first restaurant co-founders Mustaq Tappewale and Kuldeep Mattegunta have opened. They met at Kricket group’s flagship restaurant in Soho, and together have twenty years’ experience in the London restaurant industry.

They were on the point of opening in December 2019 when the prime minister announced another lockdown, so instead of a swanky opening night and full restaurant service they were reduced to starting out in Chiswick by doing takeaways only, but word soon got round about how good their food was.

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Image above: Republic’s kitchen is open to the restaurant

The next Michelin starred Indian restaurant?

The Michelin guide says:

‘Two Kricket alumni have joined forces to bring contemporary Indian cooking to Chiswick; ask for a seat at the kitchen counter.

‘Around half of the attractively presented dishes on the menu are vegetarian; spicing is well-judged and the charming owner is always on hand to guide his guests.’

Mustaq and Kuldeep are now going all out to get their first Michelin star this year. Michelin stars are not based on customer reviews, but on undercover inspections by anonymous experts. Their inspectors remain anonymous to avoid being given preferential treatment and undergo official Michelin Guide training in France.

The judging criteria are the same for each restaurant, focusing on the quality of the ingredients, cooking techniques and, most importantly, taste. Michelin stars are awarded solely on the standard of cuisine, so inspectors will not consider a restaurant’s decor or ambience when awarding stars, although the comfort is considered.

At Republic the kitchen is open to the restaurant, so diners can sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare the food.

Restaurant owners are not told when the inspection will take place, and an inspector may return around three to six times before reporting back to their fellow inspectors, who then come to a joint decision about whether or not to award stars. A restaurant can be rated from 0-3 stars, and there is also a ‘Bib Gourmand’ award for restaurants offering quality food at a reasonable price.

The Chiswick Calendar is delighted that both Republic and Silver Birch are members of our Club Card scheme.

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Image above: Republic Indian restaurant, Chiswick

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