‘The lamb chops are marinated for about 36 hours’, General Manager, Fabien Bazerque, explains nonchalantly as we get to grips with Osh’s adventurous menu, which specialises in Central Asian cuisine. Say Central Asia and your thoughts may snap to China. But those of you who stuck with geography beyond the rudimentary GCSE, (or are just less ignorant than me), will know that this is the land of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan where the food has a full-flavoured, more rugged personality.

Of course there are variations between the edible heritage of these countries (after all we’re talking about a slab of a continent here), but Osh (named after Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city) selects the best and then creatively reimagines the dishes for our intrepid tastes and beleaguered London palate. And it’s timely – given the boom in Persian cuisine, Osh is riding a wave that will take us further east (already led by the likes of restaurant Samarkand – who have just got some serious competition).

No, you will not be bored as you scoop up juicy aubergine tartare topped with crispy kale on top and a basil dressing, served with freshly baked, hand-rolled flatbreads, or wonder why you came when a bowl of fiery chillied tiger prawns, lightly battered and scattered with matchsticks of crispy sweet potato are set before you. With all the trade and interaction wrought by the Silk Road, this is food rich with spices and resonating in tradition – just taste the spiced Tashkent salad of seared beef sirloin and green Uzbek radish, rippled with creamy celeriac purée, or the succulent Shashlik kebabs charred by the fires of the Uzbek grill.

But Osh offers more than gorging your way through a gorgeous menu. Everything about the place is stimulating – be it the bespoke interiors: luxe leather chairs, diamond-cut chandeliers… even a deep, cushion-adorned divan (in the top-floor bar, er, not the restaurant): or the loud pulsating beats of the music. It’s a place that has all the drama of a nightclub without the sweat and the crowds; though watch this space – Osh only opened very recently and it’s a gem waiting to be discovered.

And to drink? What’s on offer is sure to make you weak at the knees and there’s a cocktail to chime with any o’clock be it a punchy and sour lime and lemongrass gimlet garnished with a peppery nasturtium leaf for an aperitif, or the cranberry and redcurrant Red Moon – a most complex and satisfying mocktail for that post-shopping pick me up. For wine, plump for the Grecian Kotsifali 2015 Lyrarakis – hailing from a vineyard on the sheer cliffs of Crete which is buffeted by the sea breeze, this wild red full of minerality stands up to, yet complements everything going on in the food.

Worth dressing up for, Osh is the place where memorable nights will roll out as you sip some of the best cocktails in town and tuck into the food of Central Asia. It’s swish, special and feels like a private members club without the ponce or the prices. A definite must go – see you at the bar.

Dinner for two plus drinks and you’re looking at anything between £65 to £150 (including service) depending on what you go for. Cocktails range from £12 to £16 — a London standard price-wise and anything but ordinary. Dress code is smart and sexy but without the stipulations of hotel chic – no jacket/tie required. For more information and to book, see Osh’s website.