Rose Harissa’s guest post on Mumbai inspired me to at least take my tastebuds on a trip to India last Sunday. My cohort in crime, Laura Hodges and daughter Kirsten Pampu joined us for the afternoon feast.

Tatjana and Kirsten

When I first moved to London it lacked culinary diversity. You pretty much had a choice of English or Indian food, with the exception of the odd French restaurant, so Tatjana has grown up eating Indian food, but this

Chicken Tilkka Masala

was a culinary first for Kirsten. As you can see, we got a little carried away ordering, because we wanted her to get a little taste of everything.

Mango Glazed Baby Back Ribs

The plain and garlic naan (peeking out of the corner of the picture above) came piping hot. The contrasting textures of the soft billowy inside with slightly crispy, smokey outside was just too much for our will-power to bear, but we still found room for the Chana Masala (spicy Indian chickpeas), Eggplant Bharta (roasted eggplant sautéed with onions and spices, and Chicken Tikka Masala.

Lamb Korma

I even forced myself to make a diversion from my usual beloved Lamb Korma (Laura ordered it so I knew I could steal a bite from her when she wasn’t looking), and tried the chefs’ recommendation of the mango baby back ribs – blissfully tangy with layers of spicy richness.

Yellow Chicken Curry

Kirsten went with the more mild yellow chicken curry, but I fear it might have still been a bit too spicy for her. I think she was grateful for the raita on the side to help cool her palate, and then avidly devoured the rice

Rice Pudding

pudding the restaurant treated us to for dessert. I would have preferred it with perhaps some chunks of caramelized mango or maybe a creme brûlée type crunchy sugar topping to break through for a bit more

Laura and Jewels

flavor and texture, but then the rest of the meal was so divine, I had no room for dessert anyway. What culinary tours of the world have you taken lately? It is the next best thing to international travel itself when the travel bug bites, but you lack the time to physically go.

PS. The lunch was a thank you to Tatjana for re-editing my homepage video, and to Laura for helping upload over 200 recipes to the new website coming soon with exciting new tools that are being perfected as I write this!

This post was first published July 13, 2012

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  • July 13, 2012
    9:38 am

    OMG you know how to make a person drool on a regular basis anyway but this combined with Rose’s blog is too much to handle! The colour, the taste and the spice just oozes from the screen then slaps me and says “it’s been too long since you’ve had Indian food!” Beautiful!

  • July 13, 2012
    10:17 am

    Whenever Merrill and I went to London the first thing we would do was go to an Indian restaurant!

    It’s our favorite cuisine!!!

    Ok, between Rose’s post yesterday and now this one, I’m really REALLY jonesing for some authentic Indian food.

    My particular favorite is Chicken Biryani. With garlic naan. Sigh….

    There are a couple of fast food Indian places near where I work here, and there’s a great place in NYC that I go to with my aunt, but NOTHING comes close to the food I got in London.

  • July 13, 2012
    11:36 am

    I’m afraid that I go for the less spicy Indian meals. I do love butter chicken, naan bread, and a few other dishes. I suspect that acquiring a taste for the spicier meals takes a bit of time along with trial and error. I lean more towards Chinese, Italian and Thai cuisine, as long as they’re not too wild on the taste buds.

  • July 14, 2012
    5:08 pm

    My hubby and I love Indian cuisine. Lamb Korma is my all time favourite while my hubby favours the hot and spicy type like the vindaloo.
    Lately however, I have been dying to go French. There is a lovely French restaurant in the city which my hubby and I have been going to for years. Since my 2nd pregnancy just recently I have not been there and have been itching to go. The escargot is so divine and the fresh bague

  • July 14, 2012
    5:20 pm

    Sorry……iPad slightly sensitive…… I was saying……..The escargot is so divine and the fresh baguette made on the premises is sooo crunchy on the outside yet so soft on the inside, like a cloud of fluffiness. Makes me want to hop on a plane to Paris every time. I still can’t understand though why French woman eat so much of their food saturated in butter yet still manage to look so good.

  • July 15, 2012
    4:35 am

    Rachel and Eldwenne, I am feeling your need for Indian food! It’s funny, but on my flight last night, I was talking to an Indian man about travelling and food etc. he said to me that all he yearns for when he travels is fish n’ chips in the UK ! We all, get those yearnings don’t we?! I sometimes think of Copenhagen ( a city I love) and to go into a couple of my favourite cafes there and dive into their tasty, fresh dishes.
    I have to admit: Indian food can be too spicy for me too and so some cooling raita is needed 🙂