Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Curry Paradise

Dinner with Edwyn at his regular Indian in posh Hampstead Heath.

I have a usual problem with dining in Indian restaurants as I’m a stalwart to the two City greats of New Tayyabs and the Lahore Kebab House (both ironically Pakistani). Both are difficult acts to follow and leads to my inkling that the other Indian restaurants in the capital are left with only three choices on how to maintain their bank balance in the black-

1- The first would be to mimic the two said restaurants with hell-bent superior cooking at affordable prices.
2- Or go totally high end and esoteric to achieve one Michelin star and charge the earth for a Tandoori woodcock.
3- Lastly perhaps the safest and most assured way would be to stay totally generic and preferably suburban at the same time. A win-win situation, a place where the Chicken tikka masala is an absolute de rigeur.

Curry Paradise belongs to the third category, the manager knows the names of the regulars and the regulars expect him to know what to place on the table within half an hour. From what I recalled the only two decent things were a rather good service and there were actually some substantial plump king prawns swimming in the Karahi dish. That’s all, ‘nuff said.

49 South End Road, London, NW3 2QB

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