The décor is the first remarkable thing here; the owner Reza Mahammad (of television fame) has described the frescoed walls and ceilings as the Sistine Chapel directed by Zeffirelli'. The second is the owner himself; whose family have owned the restaurant since the 1950's.
As well as offering most of the recognisable Indian 'standards', many of the dishes offered are as extrovert as the owner.
Starters might include 'Galouti Kebab' (minced lamb patties, with red onion and cumin relish); 'Vermicelli-rolled Coriander Pancakes stuffed with Cumin tempered batons of paneer, red onion and green chili' and 'Samundri Ratan' (Saffron infused chargrilled Scallops).
With perhaps 'Roast Leg of Lamb marinated in Spices, in a Onion and Tomato Gravy'; 'Murghabi Tawe Wale' (escallopes of Wild Duck marinaded with Garlic, Nutmeg, Lemon and Chili Oil' or delicious ways with fresh crab. Game and interesting seafood varieties figure prominently when in season.
Desserts are also offered in more varieties than the normal kulfi's - which are often the height of more mundane Indian restaurant's ambitions. So perhaps try 'Malai makkai' (puréed sweetcorn flavoured with cardamom and crushed walnuts, fried in batter and served with a pistachio coulis and vanilla ice cream), or 'Phalon Ka Muzaffar' (home-made seasonal fruit compote).
Friendly helpful service. Well worth a special visit.
- Food Style: Indian
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-14.45
- Dinner: all week; 18.00-23.45
- Seats: 94
- Wine: an interesting wine list might be wasted and clash with the spicing, but lager-type beers are at hand
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Gloucester Road Underground
- Directions: See the Map at the top of the page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: 25th & 26th Dec; plus some other Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned