FITZROVIA W1 | SOHO W1
A former manager at Quo Vadis and senior maître d’ at the Rosewood, George Pitkeathley has done a fine job at taking Pilau from humble street food trader, to successful pop-up, to opening two permanent W1 locations, at the tender age of just 23.
With investment from Luke Wilson from 10 Greek Street to help take Pilau to this next level, this brand is going places.
Dishing out substantial portions of Indian street food-inspired dishes, you can choose from butter chicken, lamb and marrow, or veggie paneer curries, which you can have along with a mix of salad and pilau rice in a box (pictured), or all stuffed into a wrap. They're all £6.
I watched, mesmerised, as they dug out out a helping of pilau from the enormous rice cooker, before constructing my delicious takeaway box of mildly spiced butter chicken, their special slaw, salad, and a crumbling of deconstructed onion bhaji.
It's also worth noting that every dish sold at Pilau is matched with a donation sufficient to feed an entire meal to a child in India, thanks to their partnership with charity Akshy Rapatra. Feel good vibes all round. Note: this is mostly a takeaway spot, with limited seating.
Words and photography | Bisi Bajomo
Fitzrovia | 34 Goodge Street W1T 2SF
Soho | 22 Noel Street W1F 8GS
Fitzrovia | Mon - Wed 9am - 8pm, Thurs - Fri 9am - 9pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm
Soho | Mon - Sun 9am - 4pm
Tel | +44 (0)7954 576 380
Last updated | 13th Jan 2017