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August 25, 2006
From journal Summertime in London
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
June 30, 2003
There are mild, medium and hot curries available, but the staff are very helpful if you want to check just how hot your meal will be.
My partner started with the dahai vadai - a curious kind of bean doughnut, we think deep-fried, sitting in a bowl of freshly spiced yoghurt -- the contrast between the spices and the coolness of the yoghurt was great. I started with a mini dosa (a crisp pancake) filled with a beautifully spiced mixture of potato and onion, dotted with mustard seeds. It was fantastic and set my mouth tingling while we waite d for the main courses to arrive.
I had the kingfish and green mango curry - huge pieces of meaty fish (similar to swordfish) in a delicious deep reddy-orange sauce - initally rather mild, more flavour than heat, but this was quickly replaced with a good strong kick! My partner tried the king prawns in a rich masala sauce - the prawns were monsters and so tender while the sauce was perfect, nice and spicy and just hot enough. We shared a portion of lemon rice (several kinds of rice available) and a portion of appam - a kind of steamed rice bread, crispy around the edges and soft and squashy in the middle, ideal for mopping up every last drop of the sauce!
The other mains offered a selection of chicken, lamb, mutton and fish and the veggie curries included more unusual vegetables that don't make it onto the menu in most Indian eateries - beetroot featuring in several dishes.
Desserts included the traditional kulfi and lassi (a fruit yoghurt drink), but I went for the fried plantain with honey and two scoops of subtly fragranced coconut ice cream. Dripping with honey and showered in cinnamon, this was the most fantastic pudding I'd had for ages! My partner was daring and went for the green gram payasam - a kind of milk pudding with green lentils, jaggery, nuts and sultanas. The aroma was gorgeous and he gave it the thumbs up. Sadly, my nut allergy meant I couldn't sneak a spoonful!
There is a decent wine list and a good selection of bottled beers, including Kingfisher and Cobra. We sat outside where there are three tables, but inside seems pleasant, although fairly dark, even during the day. Service was good, friendly and prompt.
This was the best Indian meal I have ever had. I can't wait to go back and try other dishes from the menu!
From journal Food Glorious Food