A Little Taste Of India In London*

Mike and I were kindly invited to the lovely Clapham Tandoori and to Mike's delight I accepted. And I'm glad I did.

The food was great, the staff were so friendly and a relaxed atmosphere in this lovely little restaurant in Clapham Common, London. Very handily located right next to the underground, so if you like Indian food and are in the area or anywhere near the Northern Line, head down to Clapham Tandoori as I doubt you will be disappointed.

We were greated by very friendly staff that showed us our table towards the back of the restaurant. It was really nice and throughout the evening when people started coming in for a meal the it didn't get too noisy or cramped as the tables were nicely spaced out. So already there you are awarded one star from us.

Over to the food.

Popadums is for Mike some of the most important part of an Indian meal, I have never been very keen on them. However, I tried them, as you do, and for the first time I really liked it!!! I mean the popadums itself are like everywhere else, but the raita and the mango chutney were delicious. The best I have ever tasted. So tasty and it left me just wanting more, so that is a good sign from someone who normally doesn't eat them.

For starters I chose my favourite, vegetable samosas. I love vegetable samosas, but these I wasn't too keen on. They were lovely presented but I would have liked them better if they either came with a bit more of the sauce or that they were a bit more flavoured. A bit bland for my liking.

Mike had onion bhaji. As you can see from the photo it was very nicely presented and tasted as good as it looked. Although very tasty he felt it was a little dry. A bit of mango chutney or cucumber raita wouldn't have gone amiss. The sauces were taken away after we had finished the popadums.

Good selection of beers including Mike's favourite to have with curry, Cobra. I just had a coke.

Main course. Mike opted for the Chicken Xakuti. This dish had won the House of Commons curry of the year a few years ago and you can see why. The flavours were superb fairly spicy with a lovely taste of coconut. The chicken was cooked to perfection and it easily fell apart when cutting it. 

Mike had the lemon and cashew nut rice. Wow! The rice was amazing and really added to the flavour of the curry. They didn't hold back with the cashews either. I tried it too and I'm not exaggerating when I say I could have had a bowl of only that and been happy!! What a lovely rice! 

I had another favourite of mine, the Vegetarian Biryani, for my main course. I have had many Vegetarian Biryani, but none has ever come near this one in flavour and deliciousness. It was amazing. I was served a huge plate of it and as always I ask for Tarka dall(which was really good too) instead of the vegetable curry which was no problem.
For me that was the best Indian main course I have ever had. I will be coming back to have this dish as it was gorgeous. 

We shared a chilli cheese naan bread and bombay aloo which were also delicious.

It was generous portions that left us satisfied, but without feeling stuffed.

After the food we were served a shot each. It was a mix of two liqueurs, one of which was Baileys. Very nice end to a gorgeous meal.

The staff was really friendly and we didn't have to wait long before the food. The waiters were very attentive and made us feel very welcome.

Like I mentioned above, if ever in the area or if you just want to have a very good Indian meal, visit Clapham Tandoori, you won't be disappointed.


*This meal was courtesy of Clapham Tandoori, but all views are my own. 

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