Tuesday, 23 October 2012
I'd seen anghiti in the entertainment book, and now that we were feeling less sick I suggested we try it. Last time I brought it up, we both had very sore throats so the fire of spicy food probably would not have been a good idea.
I was surprised to see a large hall, mostly empty. I anticipated a few more customers but thankfully they were Asians or Indians - a good sign that the food is actually authentic. We sat in very deep and soft chairs after being shown to our table and we re a little caught up in conversation before actually looking at our menus.
I elected for a Lamb Rogan Josh - I'm not that experienced with Indian food and I don't recall actually having this classic before. I ordered a side of garlic naan and saffron rice; Rebecca and I decided to try saffron after having basmati rice every other time. Predicting heat from the Rogan Josh, I ordered a Lemon Lime Bitters. We considered having onion bhajis but they were not gluten free here, so we skipped them as an entree.
The naan was a little flakier than I would have liked, perhaps I should have ordered the phrata. The saffron rice was quite pleasant, mild and friendlier than the crisper jasmine or basmati rice we normally have. The curry ... being a bit inexperienced with Indian food I can say the meat was very tender and the sauce generous, but the heat (rated medium) masked much of the rest of the dish. Nevertheless, this was addictive as most curries or chilies and I ate probably more than I should. It was definitely a cut above buddha bar though - in texture and quality of meat served.
Rebecca didn't manage to finish her rice or curry, and they were happy enough to 'doggy bag' it up for us. However, the next few days had me feeling quite sore in the stomach - maybe this was inexperience or perhaps there was something wrong with my curry? Rebecca tried mine too and felt a bit sore (although less so).
The bill was a little on the steeper side, but there were three drinks and probably an extra serve of rice. Normally we order one curry between the two of us, and one serve of rice (I normally get naan or phrata) to suit us. I think I have to take a couple of marks off for the stomach pains after. 3 out of 5.