Paneer korma, cauliflower, rice and nan breads (Kennington Tandoori, Kennington)

4/5 - This was all very enjoyable. You can’t really go wrong with paneer in my book, though.

Paneer korma, cauliflower, rice and nan breads (Kennington Tandoori, Kennington)

4/5 - This was all very enjoyable. You can’t really go wrong with paneer in my book, though.

Selection from vegetarian platter including spinach fritter, onion bhaji, tempura vegetables and samosa. Chutney and yogurt sauces on the side (Kennington Tandoori, Kennington)

2/5 - Sorry for the ugly picture. This was a pretty unimpressive assortment. The samosa tasted like a tesco value frozen one, the bhaji was disappointing, the spinach fritter was airy and insubstantial - nothing was really enjoyable. I’d avoid ordering this again.

Selection from vegetarian platter including spinach fritter, onion bhaji, tempura vegetables and samosa. Chutney and yogurt sauces on the side (Kennington Tandoori, Kennington)

2/5 - Sorry for the ugly picture. This was a pretty unimpressive assortment. The samosa tasted like a tesco value frozen one, the bhaji was disappointing, the spinach fritter was airy and insubstantial - nothing was really enjoyable. I’d avoid ordering this again.

Margarita pizza (Princi, Soho)

4.5/5 - I really rate Princi’s pizza. The crust is soft and chewy, the base thin, the toppings high quality. I’ve been a few times and found it consistent.

Margarita pizza (Princi, Soho)

4.5/5 - I really rate Princi’s pizza. The crust is soft and chewy, the base thin, the toppings high quality. I’ve been a few times and found it consistent.

Jerk Quorn & veg on rice and peas, with cabbage and roasted potato wedges (Terrace, Parliament)

Jerk Quorn & veg on rice and peas, with cabbage and roasted potato wedges (Terrace, Parliament)

Satay tofu with veggies and rice (Little Singapore, Finchley Road)

2.5/5 - This was cold and underwhelming. Could have been worse but could have been much better. I wouldn’t order from this takeaway again.

Satay tofu with veggies and rice (Little Singapore, Finchley Road)

2.5/5 - This was cold and underwhelming. Could have been worse but could have been much better. I wouldn’t order from this takeaway again.

Cheese ploughman’s sandwich, baked crisps, Jaffa cakes (Purchased at the Terrace, Parliament)

Cheese ploughman’s sandwich, baked crisps, Jaffa cakes (Purchased at the Terrace, Parliament)

Macaroni cheese with peas, broccoli and chips (Debenhams, Southampton)

It had been a long time since I’d eaten in a department store restaurant! This was pretty ok, about what you’d expect - nice in a school dinner kind of way.

Macaroni cheese with peas, broccoli and chips (Debenhams, Southampton)

It had been a long time since I’d eaten in a department store restaurant! This was pretty ok, about what you’d expect - nice in a school dinner kind of way.

HOUSE BLACK DAAL
A Dishoom signature dish — dark, rich, deeply flavoured. It is simmered over 24 hours for extra harmony. (V) 4.90. Steamed basmati rice 2.20 and roomala roti 1.90 (Dishoom, Covent Garden)

2/5 - Good value, this daal is a big portion for the price of a side. That said, it was again intolerably spicy even though it wasn’t marked as spicy on the menu. It was so got I couldn’t really even taste it. The standard rice and cold but generously portioned roti couldn’t mitigate the heat. 

Needless to say I will not be returning to Dishoom and I do not recommend it. I have no idea how it got so much hype after this experience.

HOUSE BLACK DAAL A Dishoom signature dish — dark, rich, deeply flavoured. It is simmered over 24 hours for extra harmony. (V) 4.90. Steamed basmati rice 2.20 and roomala roti 1.90 (Dishoom, Covent Garden)

2/5 - Good value, this daal is a big portion for the price of a side. That said, it was again intolerably spicy even though it wasn’t marked as spicy on the menu. It was so got I couldn’t really even taste it. The standard rice and cold but generously portioned roti couldn’t mitigate the heat.

Needless to say I will not be returning to Dishoom and I do not recommend it. I have no idea how it got so much hype after this experience.

VADA PAU “Bombay’s version of London’s Chip Butty. Sprinkle the red ‘hillbilly’ Ghati masala to taste.” (V) (S) 3.90 (Dishoom, Covent Garden)
1/5 - Awful, pointless food. Nothing like a chip butty (a sacrilegious claim). I like spicy food but this was searing, unbearable heat. The potato bhaji thing was tasteless fried mush. The green sauce was also tasteless and added more spice where a cooling raita or such would have been preferable. Avoid at all costs, unless you like the taste of your tongue burning and nothing else.

VADA PAU “Bombay’s version of London’s Chip Butty. Sprinkle the red ‘hillbilly’ Ghati masala to taste.” (V) (S) 3.90 (Dishoom, Covent Garden)

1/5 - Awful, pointless food. Nothing like a chip butty (a sacrilegious claim). I like spicy food but this was searing, unbearable heat. The potato bhaji thing was tasteless fried mush. The green sauce was also tasteless and added more spice where a cooling raita or such would have been preferable. Avoid at all costs, unless you like the taste of your tongue burning and nothing else.

Cheese sambousek (feta pastries), batata harra (fried potato cubes with pepper), hummus, halloumi cheese, and a salad of cucumber, tomato, onion and yoghurt (Al Balad, Edgware Road)

2.5/5 - A decent meal, it was delivered from a restaurant a few minutes walk away yet it was pretty cold on arrival. The hummus was bland and the potatoes soggy, but the pastries were lovely. NB: the salad and yoghurt were my own, not from Al Balad.

Cheese sambousek (feta pastries), batata harra (fried potato cubes with pepper), hummus, halloumi cheese, and a salad of cucumber, tomato, onion and yoghurt (Al Balad, Edgware Road)

2.5/5 - A decent meal, it was delivered from a restaurant a few minutes walk away yet it was pretty cold on arrival. The hummus was bland and the potatoes soggy, but the pastries were lovely. NB: the salad and yoghurt were my own, not from Al Balad.

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