A genuinely different Indian experience in St Albans; a far more streamlined menu, simple decor that eschews both the flock of the past and the blue lit brushed metal minimalism of more recent times and little over 25-30 covers. Despite it's size it was buzzy when we went on a Friday night and avoided my pet peev of tables too close together where you just can't help but feel that everyone is listening to everyone else's conversation, albeit reluctantly. Which was my concern having walked past a few times and seen how compact a little place it is.
The food is noticably fresh and light, using obviously superior ingredients, and very tasty. We had the fish starter (very good quality fish), the crispy chicken (real "uneven" chunks of chicken) and the lamb samosas (these were the star, really good). The second course was chicken curry, basmati rice and a paratha, all excellent.
The menu structure is a little disorienting for those used to the apps / mains / sides structure of more traditional Indian restaurants. I had hoped it would all be delivered together but was left eating the curry on my own while my poor wife picked at the paratha, the "street food" element having come and gone. Next time we would either stick to the street food element and have more dishes or I would emphasise more clearly that we wanted it all at once.
But that aside, Singhli is a big recommend.
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