Expanding a legacy
A tale of food, passion and spices!
You never know what’s around the corner. When the world went into lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic and weddings were put on hold, Sanjay and Arjun finally has a moment to pause, but time off wasn’t their style. So, when they received a call from the General Manager of Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Ugur Talayhan who they had previously worked with for their Sheraton Skyline Heathrow venture, there was no time like the present to visit an old friend. It turned out to be no ordinary trip. Ugur invited the entrepreneurs to open a Madhu’s restaurant within the grounds of the most luxurious hotel in the city. Unbeknown to them when they boarded that flight from London, their business was about to change forever as they began planning what has now become their international flagship restaurant.
Madhu’s Istanbul isn’t just a restaurant it’s a five-star luxury dining experience where everything from the décor to the drinks, music, fragrance and staff uniforms have been carefully curated to transport visitors to an extraordinary space where the food and hospitality are in a league of their own.
Planning the décor and finding and training a new team for their new restaurant were major considerations, but the biggest challenge of expanding Madhu’s abroad has been finding a solution for the all-important spices. Though Istanbul is known for its thriving spice markets, the level and exact flavours of spice found in the region didn’t match up to the specific tastes that are synonymous with Madhu’s.
Sanjay explains: “Arjun and I visited Istanbul on five occasions in search of spices but what we found was that the flavour strength was only 50% of what we use. So we had to make a decision, do we adapt our flavours or do we bring them from home, of course, we opted for the latter as we will never compromise on flavour!” All the spices for Madhu’s Istanbul are sent over from the UK and like at all their restaurants, are hand-ground to maintain the best and freshest flavour, including their signature garam masala which is a special house blend of 42 spices, exclusive to Madhu’s. This is a true testament to the commitment the brand has to authenticity and serving only the very best.