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Imli Street

Imli is a concept restaurant and as a concept it does work. Indian tapas? You can't imagine it, can you? But there it is!

I went to this place last night after hearing rave review about it and I'd say it is worth going to for the experience but not for the food.

The staff were very attentive from the word go and thoroughly deserving of the service charge I left (in cash). The lychee cocktail is east meets west and gets married in style. The same can't really be said for the food.

We went for the £16.50 tasting menu, for which you will need to go on an empty stomach as the stream of dishes is seemingly endless. All the food was hot and beautifully presented. But that's where it ends. It's mostly style and lacks substance.

I eat out a lot and have had some truly delicious Indian food, but the food at Imli's is missing that special ingredient. I can't identify what it was, but after a while the dishes all taste more or less the same. The level of spice is appropriately hot without overdoing it, but it still manages to blank out any other flavours. Try as I might, I couldn't find any subtlety in the cuisine. The one item that did stand out above everything else was the mango sorbet desert, for which alone I might be tempted to go back.

Imli is worth going to for the experience, but the food is unremarkable taste wise and left me feeling very full but not satisfied.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 5 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7

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