“But I warn you, Sir, this dish is really, really hot!” I’ve heard that from waiters in Indian restaurants so many times that I know it usually means the dish in question is just slightly spicier than the others on offer.
So it is refreshing to be given such a warning and then to find that the meal being discussed really is super-hot – just how I like it. In this instance the dish was Ghorkali Chicken, described in a Guardian newspaper review as “three stages on the heat scale above a Vindaloo… a blisteringly powerful, rivulets-of-sweat-releasing amalgam of cumin, coriander, turmeric, mustard oil, yoghurt and, above all, devilish red chillies.”
It was fantastic – and every bit as hot as described.
The rest of the meal wasn’t bad either: a Paneer Shashlik and a Kebab Cocktail made excellent starters; a Rogan Josh and Ginger Chicken were good main courses – though not as exciting as the afore-mentioned Ghorkali.
When you add the fact that the setting is light and airy, that the service is friendly and efficient, and that the prices are low, you can see why this restaurant is a popular favourite for residents of Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush.