This smart Indian restaurant is a refreshing break from the norm, with its ambitious owner, designer décor, detailed service and refined cooking. Reinvented Indian and Bangladeshi dishes are presented in a sophisticated manner.
Definitely one of the best Indian meals I’ve had outside India!”; all reports confirm that this “not particularly fancy-looking” Indian “outclasses all the local competition” with its “very unusual” and “remarkably good” cooking.
Since opening its doors in February 2012, Prithvi has gained a loyal fan base. Both in its food and its decor, the restaurants offers a “sophisticated approach to dining”. A recent customer went as far to state that Prithvi is “the best restaurant in Cheltenham and possibly Gloucestershire”.
Prithvi’s top-notch service and white-linen ambience matches its immaculate dishes. Each mouth- watering offering is presented with great attention to detail. Various set menus are available, including a good-value lunch option (two/three courses £15/19).
For fine-dining Indian cuisine in the heart of Cheltenham, it rocks. Apart from those passers-by fluent in Sanskrit, there aren’t too many clues that Prithvi ( ‘mother earth’ in that ancient language) is an Indian restaurant at all. There is certainly no mention of the type of cuisine served inside the intimate, 28-cover restaurant. And then there’s the question of the utterly respectable opening times. Last orders are taken at 9.30pm, Owner Jay Rahman is one of the new wave of Indian restaurateurs.
Young, slim, sharp-suited, he works the floor with the sort of discreet professionalism that comes from the experience of working at Michelin-starred restaurants. He’s cut from a different cloth. It may not advertise itself as an Indian restaurant from the outside, but there is no doubt that this is Indian cooking of a very high order. But then Prithvi is more than just another Indian restaurant – it’s a very good restaurant that just happens to cook Indian food, and therein lies its real point of difference.