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East & West Restaurant Review

March 19, 2010

I was sitting in the pub drinking a pint of moonshine and contemplating what to have for tea when a friend suggested this restaurant he had been to before.

“It’s really good”, he says so off we head to find the restaurant.

Nestled in between a phone shop and a plumbers this place looks a little dodgy and I’m starting to wonder if this place really is any good.

We go inside and its tiny, theres paintings on the walls, a nice one of an elephant aswell as reviews and a big menu with photos of the dishes.

It seats twenty people at maximum and theres a lovely smell of cumin in the air.

It has a take away feel. Reading one of the reviews on the wall by martin dawes I realise that it started out as a chippy and the owners got more and more requests for Indian= food and it progressed from there.

We sit down in the window and the waiter hands us a menu. Theres no alcohol so we both order mango lassi which arrives shortly after in a plastic take away cup.

Its delicious.

Soon I realise that I need to go to the bathroom so ask if they have one only to be sent off on some mission through a door, down a jenel, past the next door neighbours washing line and through part of the kitchen into a little bathroom which is nice enough.

After finding my way back I discover poppadoms have been placed on our table as we’ve been waiting (about 10 mins). It is served with raita and mango chutney and it is tasty.

Shortly our ‘Dosa‘ arrives and its huge! about two foot long, its a sort of rolled up crispy pancake accompanied by a coconut relish, a chilli sauce and another one which tastes of onions and garlic and spices.

Inside the dosa is a potato and onion masala which is very fresh tasting, with plenty of lovely onion seeds and turmeric.

A few moments later our Kerala king fish curry arrives along with a egg rotti.

I taste some of the curry and I’m blown away it is wonderful. Sweet and coconutty with one hell of a kick!

It’s hurting me to eat but it tastes so so good i can’t stop. I’m very thankful for the big jug of water that arrived with our meal.

The rotti is also very good, with spiced egg inside but that curry really is the highlight of the meal and I keep going back for more, the flavours are so perfectly balanced, its superb.

There’s some
desserts to choose from gulab jamun, rassmali etc but we are stuffed and feeling very satisfied.

The bill arrived and it £18.50 for two of us!

I’m trying to think of the last time I went out for food that was this good and I can’t think of any.

The food is so fresh tasting, not like most Indian restaurants I’ve been to where every dish tastes the same.

I’ll definitely be back, making sure to try everything on the menu!

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  1. March 21, 2010 5:25 pm

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