This restaurant was recommended by The Langham Hotel Concierge people in London. I am so thankful. As most people know London is full of Indian restaurants. Many are good. This is great.
Prem the General Manager was really nice as I arranged with him immediately to be able get a real menu to take home for my collection. He graciously said of course.
I started with the soft shell crab. I have loved soft shell crab in many different restaurants all over the world. This two piece order is the best I have had anywhere. The batter was very lite, crispy and beautifully spiced with Indian spices in perfect harmony with the crab.
Next I had the Murgh Gilaafl which turns out to be roasted chicken skewers, enhanced with paprika, onion and coriander. It was amazing!! If I lived in London I could make a meal of these two dishes repeated over and over, at the same meal. They were spectacular!!
I wanted to try as many dishes as possible.
Next I had the Hyderabdi Bhuna Gosht- Lamb with ginger, black pepper, coriander seed and red chilli. This chef has an amazing understanding of the blend of spices and flavors. The lamb was cooked to perfection. It had grissel, which when cooked perfectly is tender and wonderful. I know some people do not like even the idea of grissel. I LOVE it. This was perfect.
Gain Luigi from Italy, the Wine steward was very knowledgeable and really nice. Perfect service of the bottle of wine we had. It was a Spanish Tempranillo. Wonderful fruit and complexity was right on with the spiciness of the food.
The Okra dish was actually a little too spicy even for me and I love spice. The taste of it was otherwise really good.
I wish I could have tried the Chef's Selection tasting menu. Unfortunately I was the only one of four at the table that could eat most of the dishes.
I enjoyed the Funky Pie for desert, bread crumb cup filled with vanilla ice cream topped with hazelnuts and toffee sauce. I asked and got extra toffee sauce. Great way to finish off the evening dinner. I am definitely going here every time we come to London.
If you live in London you are very lucky, cause you can go often. If you visit London should definitely be your first place to eat.
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