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Ba Shu (former Local Friends), Bethnal Green

Was there a local friends in Bethnal green?! The one in golders green was the scene of a memorable chowdown once.

Aug 13, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

[Cheadle, Greater Manchester] Aamchi Mumbai

Aamchi (our) Mumbai sounds terrific! By the way, you nailed the vada pav- it's exactly as you describe, and does need generous chutney to fulfill its potential. Make sure you try pav bhaji, our 3am food.

My other road side favourite is ragda patties - potato cakes over chole with all the requisite chutneys. One of the most moreish things in the world.

Jul 25, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Mumbai street food in the UK

sadly, david feldman found the kailash parbat in manhattan mediocre even though i suggested he stick to the sindhi dishes.

by the way, if you want a bit of a giggle go look up the menu at the gymkhana, the latest upscale desi place in london.

Jul 19, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Indian Delivery SW7

good lord! really?!

they are (usually) a completely acceptable punjabi house - whatever did you get?

Jul 07, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

The Bamboo Flute, Cleveland St, London

abby d and greedy girl renew my faith in chowhound!

Jul 02, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Indian Delivery SW7

keep bombay palace's number handy for the next time.

Jun 29, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Indian Delivery SW7

only one decent place - bombay palace, connaught

Jun 29, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Mastechef: The Professionals. Marcus takes over.

the guardian agrees with you:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-rad...

Jun 15, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Tea shop-Postcard Teas in London

you'll find plenty of discussion about this marvellous shop - try searching using 'limster' and 'postcard teas'.

Jun 11, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

New Malaysian and Middle Eastern/North African in south Liverpool

Great to see non-London posts here .. Pls keep them coming!

Jun 10, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Kailash Parbat - first US branch of a Mumbai restaurant chain

indeed yes in mumbai (in the early '80's).

May 22, 2014
howler in Manhattan

Kailash Parbat - first US branch of a Mumbai restaurant chain

how sad! did you get the alu tikkis? terrible if they messed those up.

May 19, 2014
howler in Manhattan

Good Eats near Victoria (London)

fwiw, every american visitor i've taken to boisdale has loved it.

nice scotch list.

May 19, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Kailash Parbat - first US branch of a Mumbai restaurant chain

you should definitely check it out - especially the sindhi part of the menu. sindhi kadi, alu tikkis very moreish. also pav bhaji, hopefully a decent version. and ragda pattice, chole bhature. golgappas. arrgh.

May 05, 2014
howler in Manhattan

One tourist's impressions of Ledbury, Fat Duck, Hedone, Dinner by HB

just a couple of observations:

"His TV shows are getting more and more fantastical "

really?! his latest is an hour's loving look at the river cafe.

"Dinner doesn't appeal to me as it does seem aimed at the mass market"

that explains a lot.

Apr 21, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

dishoom [London]

haven't been to the one in covent gardens, but i imagine its just as good.

does the covent garden restaurant also have random hindi phrases painted on the windows, bar etc? amusing, that.

Apr 18, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

dishoom [London]

i've now been a few times to the shoreditch branch.

lots of excellent stuff: pau bhaji, kheema, okra fries (especially mmm), mattar paneer, kali dal, the raan and some competently made kebabs like the malai chicken kebabs.

ok, so its not really an irani cafe menu. but the dishes all tasted as if i were in mumbai. i especially loved the lime sprinkled kheema - i have missed you, my old friend.

at this standard, i'll be going back often.

you'll remain feeling happy after eating here (none of that sick greasy after taste to punish you a la tayyabs).

Apr 17, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Persian or Lebanese Restaurant - 2 nights in London

mohsen hands down for persian.

alas, marcelle seems to have packed it in. tragedy. but al waha in westbourne grove is cooking at a very high standard these days - the best in london inmho. and they take reservations too. full disclosure: the owner is an acquaintance. but you can see from the search engine that that was my opinion of al waha even before the friendship.

Apr 12, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

New Todiwala Restaurant on Waterloo Road (London)

there you go - there is SOOOO much in india around festivals, births, deaths and other moments of passage that are marked by what you eat.

truly a shame that these customs aren't exportable.

Apr 10, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

New Todiwala Restaurant on Waterloo Road (London)

He's a parsi through and through. But here's a funny thing - a lot of parsi households in bombay had goan cooks. Inevitably some goan dishes became intertwined with parsi ones, to the extent that parsi claim them almost their own.

I've written about this before on chow hound but its easier to repeat myself rather than use the search engine to find the post.

Apr 09, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

On the District, Circle, or Piccadilly lines [London]

Apr 06, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Indian Restaurants: UK vs. US

sorry, can't help your confusion. i did try though.

Mar 21, 2014
howler in General Topics

Indian Restaurants: UK vs. US

i didn't mean it as a new thing - just that the bangladeshis aren't shy of peddling their version of indian cooking even where there's plenty of recently arrived desis.

Mar 21, 2014
howler in General Topics

Indian Restaurants: UK vs. US

how about us very lucky souls who've grown up in india and spent 15 years each in the us and the uk ?(vbg)

actually, as i've said many times before on these boards, the term 'indian' food is unfortunate - its almost exactly like saying 'european' food.

in a sense, the indians have themselves to blame for this: growing up in the 1970's - 80's in mumbai, indias most cosmopolitan city, most restaurants were either punjabi/moghlai, indian chinese or south indian. sure mumbai had a handful of parsi, goan, lucknowi, malvani etc restaurants but very few south mumbai types ever discovered them.

so when the cuisine travelled abroad, it was inevitably punjabi/moghlai, which is why every one thinks of these sorts of restaurants as 'indian' restaurants.

as for your question - there are pitifully few good indian restaurants in the uk. most indian restaurants here are like the typical chinese restaurant on the upper east side or upper west side - serving indian versions of moo goo gai pan. as harpers points out below, its because some staggering amount are bangla deshi run (well over 90%) and serve dishes that no indian from the home country recognises. simple formula: indian dish name (i.e. vindaloo), some protein and some pre prepared bloop. voila.

the reason for this is, i think, that there is no large pool of newly arrived immigrants to the uk (but when there IS such a collection, then we all get very lucky like the keralan restaurants in east ham).

on the other hand, the new york area has such a pool. and even though the bangladeshi's are insidiously attempting to infiltrate the us scene (i give you 6th street in nyc), the indian restaurants in at least the nyc area are going to be MUCH better than the curry house here.

having said that, there are are few expansions from india at the higher end here that i haven't seen in the us - like quilon, moti mahal, trishna and of course the bombay brasserie.

Mar 21, 2014
howler in General Topics

London hamburger taste-off: one man's opinion

using 'canonical' .. aah you must be one of my mathematical brethren.

Mar 17, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Crystal China, Bermondsey/Southwark, London

what a place this is! it really has the best water boiled beef/pork and the best twice cooked pork in town. that should be enough reason for anyone to make the trip down here.

but the sesame sauce dressed aubergine is out of this world, as is the amazing dry hot pot.

i've been eating here twice a week for a long time, and familiarity has not dulled my appreciation for the cooking.

what is anyone waiting for?! go NOW!

p.s. the clientele seems to be mainly young chinese homesick students - "people come here taking bus and train" the waitress dimpled.

Mar 14, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

London hamburger taste-off: one man's opinion

"The meat (Ginger Pig) isn't as good as, I think, it should be; in fact, while Ginger Pig is a fine butcher, I don't think they're in the elite class; the meat doesn't have the density or richness of flavour that comes with the very best - be it for beef or pork."

Completely agreed. The beef at o'sheas in bermondsey is at a different level, and the Iberian pork might as well be a different animal.

Feb 24, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Hammersmith - Baron/Earl's Court - London

wow, must get me to colton then!

has the dove dived recently?

Feb 06, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Hammersmith - Baron/Earl's Court - London

do take mr zuriga to the dove for a pint - their lines are scrupulously kept clean and so the ale is delicious. allegedly hail britannia was written in it - it is certainly twee with lovely river views.

it takes a bit of finding, so let me know if you want directions.

Feb 06, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Hammersmith - Baron/Earl's Court - London

finally! he admits it.

Feb 06, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland