New restaurant owners “gutted” they can’t go ahead with Chiswick opening

Image above: Mustaq Tappewale (L) and Kuldeep Mattegunta (R)

Kuldeep Mattegunta and Mustaq Tappewale were due to be opening the doors to their new Chiswick restaurant right about now, as I write this at 7.00pm on the evening of Wednesday 16 December. The opening was torpedoed on Monday by Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement that London was going into Tier 3.

“We are extremely gutted for such a short notice on the government’s decision to move London into Tier 3. As a newly opened business we have left nothing to chance right from every detail such as the decor, food, drinks and most importantly our staff” Mustaq told The Chiswick Calendar.

The young entrepreneurs have taken over the premises at 301 – 303 Chiswick High Rd, where Hedone used to be. Called ‘Republic’ the new restaurant will offer Indian food, with a difference, they say. There are are several sections to the menu. While ‘local favourites’ offers the kind of food British customers are used to: Indian food modified for the European palette, ‘street foods’ offers a range of the kind of dishes you might expect to find in India.

Mustaq used to be group manager for Kricket –  a collection of ‘modern Indian restaurants combining British ingredients with the flavours and aromas of India’, to be found in Brixton, Soho and White City. There he met Kricket head chef, Kuldeep. The two decided to create their own British – Indian fusion chain, starting in Chiswick.

Images above: Republic, 301 – 303 Chiswick High Rd

40% off takeaways until 20 December 2020

“Monday’s news ruined our opening” says Mustaq, but they have the staff and they have the food, so they will instead go straight to a takeawy service, offering a whopping 40% off all takeout and delivery until 20 December 2020.

They plan to open the restaurant as soon as restrictions are lifted:

“Our new opening date will be the same day as the government lifts up the restrictions and declare it as safe for general public to dine in”.

Republic’s chef, Kuldeep Mattegunta

Kuldeep has a Bachelors in Hotel management and Catering Technology from Osmania University in Hyderabad. After completing a bread and pastry diploma in Vancouver and working in Cin Cin, an Italian fine dining restaurant, he went on to run a barbeque restaurant and worked in a specialist Cantonese restaurant, before working for Gordon Ramsay, taking over responsibility for the running of fish section in the New York style high-end steak house Maze.

He has worked as a chef de partie in Mayfair’s Corrigan’s restaurant, Soho’s Arbutus restaurant and the Nobu Metropolitan in Park Lane. He worked his way up the ladder as sous-chef at the Quilon restaurant in Victoria, A Casa Di Tomilaia in Frankfurt and executive sous-chef at Benares in Mayfair, before spending two years as head chef with Kricket.

Republic is the first restaurant of his own.

Republic’s manager, Mustaq Tappewale

Republic’s manager Mustaq Tappewale has more than 11 years’ experience in the hospitality business, working with the Michelin starred Amaya in Knightsbridge, London’s oldest Indian restaurant Chutney Mary in Chelsea, Tamarind group on Mayfair and five star boutique properties such as The Taj Group. He has an MBA in Business and Hotel management from the University of Wales and has studied Hotel management at the Rizvi Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.

Both of them have a passion for Indian food and ‘look forward to injecting new energy into the Indian dining scene in Chiswick’.

Republic is ‘a realized vision of both Kuldeep and Mustaq, representing a dynamic, eclectic, and evolving India. The restaurant ethos is deeply rooted in traditions but is sophisticated and imaginative at the same time’.

We look forward to being able to experience a meal at the restaurant when it opens, but meanwhile here’s their takeaway menu:

Republic – Takeaway Menu

Sweet Potato & Jersey Royal chaat, kale pakora, pomegranate £8.00

Paneer stuffed padron pepper bhajiya, peanuts and red onion £8.00

Charred cauliflower, tandoori masala brown butter, pickled £8.00

Parsnip and Soya kheema sausage roll, spicy tomato ketchup £8.00

Cashews and Winter Veg korma £11. 50

Pollock ‘Meen gassi’, Spicy garlic murmura £13.00

Tandoori Tiger prawns £15

Crispy Chicken and Chips ‘65’, Spicy chip shop Mayo £9.00

Pistachio gilafi Venison seekh, Celeriac and green apple kasundi, Piquillo pepper ketchup £12.50

Lamb shoulder pepper fry, pickled baby onions £13.00

Classic chicken tikka masala £12. 50

On the side

Dal tadka £4.50

Saffron and royal cumin pulao £4.50

Achaari new potatoes £4.50

Punjabi channa masala £4.50

Poppodoms £2.50

Lassi @ £3.50 e

Mango Lassi

Figs and salted Pistachio Lassi

Lassi (plain, sweet, salted)

Tel:  0208 154 2712

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