Karma’s strapline, “elevating tastebuds to a spiritual level” is certainly a bold claim, so we thought we should find out whether they can achieve this.
When we arrived, the place was empty and there was a somewhat stale odour lurking in the air. As the evening progressed, the place filled up and the odour was dissipated by culinary smells. So, given that this is in the middle of a predominantly residential district, there must be a loyal local following.
We shared the “Non-Vegetarian Appetiser Platter for Two”, which can be scaled up to cater for any number of diners. This was genuinely good, particularly the Adraki Champen (lamb chops marinated in yoghurt, ginger, nutmeg, cardamon and cashew nuts) and the Chicken 65 (fried chicken in a tangy coating). The Galouti Kebab (spicy lamb patties) were a bit tough.
But the main courses failed to live up to the early promise. The Goan Chicken Vindaloo was OK, but unmemorable. The Duck Xacuti may include “21 different ingredients”, but it was nothing more than a few bits of duck swimming around in a large amount of gravy-like sauce.
The Manchurian Chilli Paneer was interesting, as it tasted exactly like Sweet and Sour Chicken found on most Chinese menus; it certainly didn’t taste of paneer cheese.
Final observation: the men’s lavatory was out of order. But who gives a shit? I didn’t.