Set in a charming cul-de-sac just a stone’s throw from Hinchley Wood station, Panshi is a stylish restaurant that prides itself on serving up the best Bangladeshi cuisine in town, with attentive, knowledgeable service to boot. The enticing aroma of exotic spices is sure to whet your appetite as you arrive, and luckily the waiters will be just moments away with poppadoms and dips, taking the edge off your hunger while you make your decision. The salmon tikka, marinated in a blend of tandoori herbs and grilled in the clay oven, demonstrated careful spicing. Light and full of flavour, it gave me high hopes for the feast still to come.
Panshi’s chef has over 35 years’ experience in creating the carefully balanced blends of herbs and spices that make Bangladeshi food so popular. His secret sauce, which accompanies the Panshi special chicken dish, is an absolute triumph. With Bangladeshi cuisine catering so wonderfully for vegetarians, we couldn’t resist some of the meat-free dishes on the menu. We devoured the expertly cooked vegetable dhansak, along with saag aloo and brinjal bhaji – aubergine cooked with onions and spices.
The tasty, light and aromatic dishes of Panshi’s menu are simply wonderful. The atmosphere is relaxed and the overall experience encourages many a return visit – not least to try to work out exactly what’s in that special sauce.