Diane de Beer
This is a neighbourhood Indian restaurant set in a mall which is easy to access, with parking in abundance and a menu that is both adventurous and traditional.
It’s the kind of cuisine that encourages you to share, getting a group of friends together, all of who enjoy food in all its flavours and textures. It’s about including a few dishes as starters and mains that everyone dips into so that the palate broadens and enriches the experience. Indian bread is always the one that is difficult to resist and could spoil the rest of the meal because you cannot help but indulge. For a table of four, two or three different options is enough and here the best are the Kashmiri flatbread stuffed with cheddar cheese, cashew nuts and raisins for that unexpected sweetness and the Keema paratha richly filled with lamb mince and spiced potatoes. That’s a meal right there. Combine it with paneer chilli; cheese with red, green and yellow peppers, vinegar and soya panfried and fish pakoda which almost reminds of upmarket fish fingers. For mains you could go the curry route with chicken Madras and a lamb curry, but if you want some bite, aim a bit stronger than mild which is just that. You can’t do Indian without at least one daal and the paneer palak (Indian version of creamy cheese spinach). It’s a generous and tasty meal which allows each diner to pick their best while sampling something new each time.
The selection of wine is balanced yet conservative and perfectly matches the spiciness of Indian food but the choices not hugely creative.
It’s quite an intimate space with no place to hide which also means that the patrons are well looked after.
It has a muted Indian feel in colour and texture and is unexpectedly warm and cosy in a mall setting. It has a stand-alone feel rather than being part of a mall with its large windows, a view of the outside world that gives that impression.
A good selection of quality Indian dishes and breads with a few innovative picks not found on every menu of its kind.