This large Indian restaurant is located in a former courthouse, but the vibrant colours of the decorations disguise this well; and over 10 years, chef/proprietor Cyrus Todiwali MBE has turned his creation into a real destination eaterie.
Some of the Indian dishes are given strange Anglophile twists - samosa's filled with Cheltenham beetroot and coconut - being a good example; and while fowls originated on the sub-continent, to see Guinea fowl listed on an Indian menu seems unusual.
Perhaps start with 'Baingan Pakora' (batons of aubergine seasoned with turmeric, chilli and lime juice, then deep-fried in chickpea batter); 'Squid Dynamite' (baby squid rings, marinated in fiery Goan peri-peri masala, then flash-grilled) or various Dosas (filled with potato bhjee; lamb masala or spiced chicken).
Main courses range from 'Sea Bass with sweet and sour chilli and garlic sauce'and 'Goan Lobster Curry' to 'Galinha Xacutti' (corn-fed chicken breast, cooked with about 20 spices and roasted coconut) and 'Beef Curry a La Dada' (based on a Darjeeling style).
The breads and side dishes offered are first class.
Desserts include 'Custard Pudding' - spiced with nutmeg, ginger and cardamom; as well as the expected kufi's.
- Food Style: Indian
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-15.00; set L from £18 (3 courses); mains about £19 to £23 (including rice)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.15-22.15; set D £30 (2 courses) to £35; mains about £19 to £23 (including rice); Tasting Menu £70
- Seats: 120
- Wine: an adequate wine list gives useful advice on food and wine combinations. Prices start at in the mid £20's. Top-quality Indian beers are also on offer.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Tower Hill Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: Sat L, all Sun, Bank Holidays, 25th Dec to 1st Jan
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating