It's easy to spot this excellent neighbourhood Indian restaurant, by the life-size tiger on the roof - but the food on offer is the best of its type for miles around - and travels the culinary map of the sub-continent. The dining room is comfortable and tastefully decorated with original Indian art.
The menu changes throughout the year, but might include the likes of 'North South' - North Indian Mughul-style marinated King Prawns from the tandoor atop a South Indian Uttapam (flat rice bread); 'Bengali Beetroot Cutlets' or 'Spicy Crab Cakes' among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Batakh Ka Seena' (Ribs of Beef, roasted on the tandoor, then simmered with Goan spices); 'Gilt-Head Bream Malabar' (pan-fried marinated fillets served with Upma - Indian couscous) or 'Khargosh' (curried rabbit).
Side dishes, such as 'Gujarati Pumpkin' aren't to be missed.
Desserts include 'Tandoori Pineapple' (clove-smoked pineapple with sweet hung yoghurt) and home-made Kulfi (Indian-style iced cream).
- Food Style: Indian
- Lunch: all week; 12.15-14.15; mains about £15 to £23 incl. rice (50% off main courses before 19.00 & after 21,00); Sun buffet L £15.95 (children under 12 £9.95)
- Dinner: all week; 18.15-22.30; mains about £18 to £23 incl. rice (50% off main courses before 19.00 & after 21.00)
- Seats: 72
- Wine: a simple, but adequate, wine list kicks off in the low £20's - there are some top-class Indian beers
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Honor Oak (5 minutes)
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: 25th & 26th Dec
- Air conditioned