I’m not sure how familiar any of you are with the Tastecard scheme. It’s great – you buy the card at the beginning of the year and for the rest of year, you can get discounts at restaurants (either 50% off or 2 for 1). We bought one because we were a bit stuck in the Nandos rut and we wanted to make an effort to try some new places. I’ve really been enjoying it, so I thought I’d take the time to share a bit about the restaurants we enjoyed, starting with Taste of Bangla.
Taste of Bangla is our local Indian, which might make you believe that it’s of a merely acceptable standard, but it’s actually amazing. On a level that when we have people visiting from Ireland, we normally bring them here. It’s authentic, it’s delicious, the whole package really. So when we found ourselves finished at an event in Tooting Bec Common at about 7pm yesterday, a bunch of us headed over to Taste of Bangla for a really delicious dinner.
They always serve poppadoms with a variety of sauces: raita, mango chutney, tomato chili chutney. To start with, we had a fairly traditional Indian starters. I stuck with my vegetable samosa, while Beardyboyfriend had the Pitta Paneer Saag (an Indian cheese and spinach roll), which he describes as “a more healthy egg roll.” He wishes. They’re both absolutely lovely, though. I love a good samosa!
I’ll start with Beardy Boyfriend, who ordered his beloved butter chicken. He loves it and won’t eat anything else when we’re there! Nina got the joypuri, which she described as a satisfying change from curry (particularly since it’s a whole stuffed chicken breast, she considered it to be super sophisticated!)
That’s my chicken korma (which I absolutely love – you can taste the coconut and almond). The chicken was really succulent , which you don’t always find in Indian restaurants! And in my friend Frances’ own words about her chicken silsilli:
An bowl of chickeny tomatoey goodness, sharpened by ginger and coriander. In contrast to the other creamy dishes on the table, the heat and sharpness was refreshing. The only thing it needed was the moist, coconutty peshwari naan.”
On the right, you’ll see Will’s special fried rice and wild duck breast. What can I say, Will and Nina are super sophisticated!
Overall, we had a really good night!
Probably the best Indian that I’ve found in London. Would definitely recommend it if you’re out by SW16!