I have at various points over the years been fortunate to dine at a fair few of the sub continent's favourites: Bombay Brasserie, Chutney Mary, Tamarind, Port D'Ingles and more recently, Mint Leaf. Based on last Saturday's visit I would say that this beat's them all (what ever time period you are judging them against).
The service was slick, efficient and not any point, too intrusive. The wine list is very comprehensive, and providing you chose carefully, not exhorbitant either.
The food itself was wonderful and easy to see why the restaurant holds a prized Michelin star. The starters (shared amongst the three of us) were a combination of crab cakes, prawns and lentil patties served with an assortment of sauces and chutneys; all freshly cooked and all melt in the mouth. For main courses, we erred towards the traditional and settled on Lamb Biryani, Prawn Masala and Cod cooked in the Tandoor. We ordered 3 vegetarian dishes which we were offered the opportunity to have as side dishes. Again, all dishes were delicately spiced, very tasty and with the optimum amount of sauce to accompany them.
Ambiance was good although the restaurant was, as expected relatively quiet, on Easter Saturday in Westminster.
All in all a wonderful evening and very, very different from most of our Indian experiences, even some of the recent ones at the Capital's more contemporary establishments.
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