Best local Indian Restaurant in Essex 2014
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Essex Caraway Indian Brasserie, in Gants Hill, has won the prestigious Best Local Indian Restaurant Award in the Restaurant Guides
The Hart Brothers
The Hart Brothers, who have made Quo Vadis and Fino into such success stories
4-6 Northways Parade, Finchley Road, London NW3 5EN. Tel: 020 7722 0606
Somewhat irritatingly, the entrance of this Indian brings you straight into the large dining room replete with rich dark hues and carved screens. There are faint signs here though that perhaps the premises werenât always Indian but then thatâs neither here nor there when you realise what a buzz the joint is generating. Clearly somethingâs being done right here though the haphazard service isnât one of them. The food is really where the actionâs at in this place. The menu boasts a strong north Indian influence as evidenced by the Khyberi pankhi kebab of chicken breast stuffed with fresh mint, cream and cheese. If the texture of the chicken was a tad dry, it was compensated by the starter of scallop haryali which went down very well with steamed scallops in a garlic and herb sauce. Of the mains, the pistachio chicken korma was well-made and quite a subtle hit on the palate. The resounding winner though is the Luknowi lamb chop masala with chops in a richly flavoured sauce of chilli, ginger and lime. Sides of Jaipuri okra and creamy black lentils were exemplary, ditto sundries such as rice and breads. One major criticism though is that the salt content of practically all the dishes was wholly negligible. But donât let that put you off an undoubtedly fine Indian restaurant.