Indian and South Asian
I visited the Indian Lounge and, on entry, was met with an interior of rich reds, pure whites and mixed browns. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal a view of the busy street and beyond, where beautiful emerald trees stand tall in a pleasant city park - a relaxing sight to prepare you for the deliciousness to come.
Once you have fed your senses, feed your appetite. A plentiful serving of poppadoms could start you off and then, over a cool, refreshing Kingfisher, you can marvel at the myriad exotic delights of the menu: tandoori massala, balti, karai, phindi and phatia curries to name just a few. Having started with a juicy and deliciously marinated chicken tikka, I still couldn't help but envy my partner's huge golden-brown king prawn butterfly in an egg and breadcrumb batter. Both delicately presented, the chef had perfectly measured these starters to stir a hunger for an exciting main course. Highly recommended is the Bangladeshi special, tawamurg, and its daring challenge to the Italian pizza; this creative chicken dish with pepper and onions comes served on the tava (the flat cooking plate that gives it so much extra flavour) with grated cheese, much like a pizza topping. Furthermore, this innovative curried stir fry can be accompanied by a generous serving of pilau rice and a massive side of peshwari naan bread.
Friendly, chatty and professional staff made this excellent night even better; and a must-see is the 'magic trick' involving your plate and some pilau rice. I won't, however, give that away - you must visit and see it for yourself.