A CURRY WITH THE FAMILY:
On Sunday night, instead of having the usual roast I went out for a meal to a new Indian restaurant in my town, Simply Masala. I have been meaning to try it for a little while now, it looks modern and fresh and I have heard good things about it so I happy to hear that we had a table booked for 8pm on Sunday.
The menu did not have the normal dishes that you would expect from an Indian restaurant, there were curries but they were interspersed with pancakes and wraps. I chose to have vegetable samosas for start which were ok but apparently the chicken samoasos were amazing, packed full of meat rather than potato. All of the other starters were huge and full of flavour. The Aloo Tikka Chat starter which was boiled potato cutlets, chickpeas and mango chutney was rich with flavour and texture.
For the main I chose to have Masala Dosa, an apparently traditional dish of crispy rice pancakes filled with potatoes and served with coconut chutney and sambar. It was a little dry but full of vegetables and potato. Maybe a bit more moisture was needed but it was a definitely a hit.
Another dish that we ordered was the fish curry, marinated fish in traditional spices cooked slowely in curry sauce. It was apperently amazing with layers of flavour and fish that melted in the mouth. Perfect.
The naan bread was not greasy but fluffy and light as were the popadoms which were crisp and fresh. Everything was cooked fresh there by the chef and the staff were very polite and attentive (maybe a little too much - personally I hate it when they keep coming back to pour the rest of your drink out for you)
All in all a really interesting and modern take on the adopted British dish of curry. I am definitely going to go again for a meal and will try a curry dish next time. Everybody came home stuffed full and saying how delicious the food was.
THAI AT HOME:
On a rainy, windy and cold night in Paris, I did not want to venture out of my apartment. I heard from a friend that there was a really good and cheap Thai take away down the road from me in Batignolles. I set of down the road, battling against the wind and rain to find Thai At Home.
The owners were so welcoming and helped me pick from the menu the best dishes as it was in French. I chose to eat vegetable pad thai curry, red thai curry and vegetable spring roles. It was the best thai food I have ever had, I couldnt believe a take away could be so fresh and filled with so much flavour. I am just sad that I don’t live in Paris so I can have it all the time. Bring Thai at home to London please!