With the "it is a lot of food" admonition firmly in our heads, we made a reservation for 7:30 on a Sunday. Pretty deserted, but by 8:30, we were surprised at the number of tables filled with moms and dads and their children. We had seated ourselves near the entrance. Next time - and there WILL be a next time - we will move toward the back of the restaurant where the bar is.
We ordered a kingfisher and a glass of sauvignon blanc wine (which was a most generous pour, by the way). We enjoyed the 2 pappadums they served, but found 2 out of the 3 sauces to be a bit sweet. We are not British, however, and we have found that the Brits like things a bit sweeter than we. No worries.
Soon, our appetizer of Gobi 65 appeared. Cauliflower is not a fair description. This amazingly spiced and perfectly cooked appetizer had us both eating very slowly, saying to each other, "What's IN this?" It was so good, so good, so good.
Then, my Bhindi arrived, together with my main squeeze's Karahi Lamb, one of Takaa Tak's signature dishes. Oh yes, steamed rice and a plain naan. What were we thinking? Well, obviously, our greedy stomachs had overtaken our knowledge of "it's a lot of food". Mind to mouth: next time, either just the rice or just the naan.
We every lovely bite of the bhindi. They were small, no strings, cooked just al dente, in a complicated dry-ish sauce/seasoning, that danced along your tongue. The lamb was in a completely different sauce, with a lovely amount of depth to it.
Now, the food was excellent, truly carefully prepared. But, let us not forget the bar. The bar was alight with colored lights. One moment, green, then red, then blue, etc. I was seated facing it. Pretty mesmerizing and a lot of fun. Poor sidekick faced the front of the restaurant. He had to deal with the glazed look that kept coming across my face as the bar would shift colors again.
Return? You bet. Who wouldn't, for fresh food seasoned with such a lovely tasty palate of Indian spices. And, oh yes, the next time, we will sit so both of us can watch the bar. Color in your eyes and in your mouth. Hounslow, you are so lucky!
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