Dine with Rushdie and Roden at Jikoni

Author Salman Rushdie and cookery writer Claudia Roden will appear at special “in conversation with” culinary events at the Marylebone restaurant

The cosy interior of Jikoni will be the setting for salons with dinner and conversation
The cosy interior of Jikoni will be the setting for salons with dinner and conversation

Jikoni in London’s Marylebone will be the setting for a salon with dinner and conversation at two special events this spring: one with the author Salman Rushdie on 15 March, followed by another with chef and cultural anthropologist Claudia Roden on 19 April – both hosted by the restaurant’s chef patron Ravinder Bhogal.

Jikoni chef patron Ravinder Bhogal will host
Jikoni chef patron Ravinder Bhogal will host
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Rushdie, whose books include the Booker Prize-winning Midnight’s Children, will read from his latest novel Quichotte, a work inspired by Don Quixote, followed by a Q&A. Dinner (£95, including a welcome drink) of six courses will include dishes such as Orkney scallop, lime pickle beurre noisette sauce and bhaji scraps; Highland venison galouti Scotch egg, beetroot chutney, golden beetroot achaar (pickle); and gulab jamun (a solid milk-based sweet), saffron custard, rose and pistachio crisp.

Jikoni is located in London’s Marylebone
Jikoni is located in London’s Marylebone
Highland venison galouti Scotch egg, beetroot chutney and golden beetroot achaar
Highland venison galouti Scotch egg, beetroot chutney and golden beetroot achaar

Roden, one of the world’s most respected food writers, joins Bhogal for the other event (also priced £95 per person) to discuss her life and career, including milestones such as penning A Book of Middle Eastern Food, which is said to have helped revolutionise western attitudes to Middle East cuisine when it was published in 1968.

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“In tense times of global and social divisions and economic uncertainty, culture is often the first thing to be overlooked – yet it is what we need most,” Bhogal says of the culinary gatherings. “It is the best of culture and food, after all, that shows us what we have in common, allows us to enjoy our differences, opens conversations and brings people and communities together.”

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