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|Dean Mahomed in London|
Mahomed was living in London's Portman Square, a fashionable area where many India-returned Company employees or 'nabobs' lived, when his daughter Amelia was born in 1808.
Mahomed's first occupation in London was as an assistant to Sir Basil Cochrane, a rich 'nabob', at his vapour bath in Portman Square. Mahomed is said to have added an Indian treatment, champi (shampooing) or therapeutic massage, to Cochrane's bath. In 1810, Mahomed embarked on an independent career, establishing the 'novel' Hindoostane Coffee House at 34 George Street, Portman Square, the first Indian restaurant by an Asian in Britain.
The restaurant 'offered such delights as the Hookha 'with real Chilm tobacco, and Indian dishes, ... allowed by the greatest epicures to be unequalled to any curries ever made in England; with choice wines... '. In 1812, financial problems forced him to declare bankruptcy in the London Gazette . An advertisement in The Times , 20 April 1813, shows Mahomed advertising for employment as a butler in a 'gentleman's family' or as a valet 'to a single gentleman', giving his address as 36 Paddington Street, Baker Street.
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