Vindaloo Vic

Definitive Reviews of London’s Indian Restaurants

Woodlands 6

I have never understood why people become vegetarians, but the issues surrounding any form of mental illness can be complicated. Woodlands is a chain of Indian restaurants that caters especially for these strange people.

Certainly if you’re going to be a vegetarian, Indian cuisine makes it relatively easy as there are usually a wide range of non-meat choices on any menu. And if you go to India itself, you’re spoilt for choice.

Admittedly the food at Woodlands was quite tasty. We started with a Vegetable Masala Idli (made from “gently steamed rice and lentil pillows”) and Kerala Potato Masala (“potatoes sauteed with cumin seeds”). Both were pleasant, if rather bland.

Main courses were significantly better. A Mushroom Masala Dosa was rich and creamy. The Vegetable Jalfrezi was also quite good, if somewhat lacking in flavour. We finished with some Kulfi, which would probably be much the same in any Indian restaurant.

As far as I’m concerned this sort of cuisine is never going to be as good as that in a regular Indian eatery. But given that the service was efficient and friendly, and prices were reasonable, it’s not at all bad if you like that kind of thing.