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
218 Burnt Oak Broadway
Tel: 020 8951 2500
With vast swathes of Asian communities in North West London, itâs no surprise that such enclaves have scores of Indian restaurants serving authentic, regional food and even Asian âmembers clubsâ, bars and pubs â the latter even being very food and family orientated.
Flavours is the new kid on the block to cater for such a crowd, but with a fine pedigree in that the head chef happens to be the talented Anil Panchal, whose been brought in from one of the groupâs other restaurants, the well-established Malabar Junction, just off Tottenham Court Road. Panchalâs brief here is to add a touch of fusion to the menu so one minute you could be dining on crispy potato bhajiya and the next â with a dash of Chinese â schezwan chicken.
However, somewhat curiously, the South East influences here have been kept minimal â with the Indian dishes taking pride of place. Perhaps itâs just as well as they appear to be better in execution here.
Kicking off the starters is the chowk ki tikki (pea and potato cakes served with chickpeas and a dash of chutney and sweet yoghurt). It packs flavour for sure though the dame canât be said for the vegetable Manchurian (vegetable dumplings in black bean sauce with chillies, garlic and spring onion), which was far too restrained for its own good. What we were next served â albeit not on the menu at the time â was a supremely delicious tandoori chicken. Moist, smoky and unrelentingly good.
For the mains, with plenty to choose from, both the dhabe ke murgh (a Punjabi dish of on-the-bone chicken) and the lamb tabkamakh (a mild dish from Kahsmir) had a quality about them which was quietly attractive.
DÃ©cor â this is an ex-pub after all â mixes a touch of the gatsropub with large Chesterfields and a Bollywood bar, marked by walled screens showing what else but Bollywood videos. Relaxing and fun.
By Humayun Hussain