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Nirvana

After finding your reviews of this restaurant too good to pass up, we decided to give it a try. It was late, on a Monday evening (9.45) and the restaurant was virtually empty, but we were greeted courteously, and allowed to take advantage of one of the private dining areas (which was a little less luxurious than it looked from a distance, but appealing nonetheless), and were treated to first class service as only Indians know how to do. We sampled the Tandoori mixed platter to start, and were blown away by the uniqueness of the spicing/flavours to each of the pieces (lamb chop, chicken tikka & Salmon tikka, as well as minced lamb - not my favourite, it's Chicken Tikka for me when I go back!!)

Next I adventurously attempted the Chicken Zacuti (with coconut), and was surprised to find that it contained fresh grated coconut, not the dessicated variety, the chicken simply melted in my mouth, and the flavours were immaculate (spicy but not too hot) - I was in Indian Heaven. My companion chose the Lamb with ginger, again very fresh tasting, with just the right amount of ginger. My Saag Bhagi was the dry fried variety, not the 'curried spinach' that some restaurants serve up, and was delicately spiced, and the perfect accompaniment. The only things that weren't out of the ordinary were the 'sides' naan & pilau rice. The decor was wonderful (I'm always surprised to find that Deep Purple and red actually do work!) and their artwork is truly modern, with 'Warhol-esque' originals on canvas by an artist they appear to have agreed to showcase, as contact details for the artist are on each frame. I was very impressed with our waiter, also, who chatted to me while my companion was indisposed, actually noticing my 'indian' features and imploring me to 'check out' my heritage, as I have never been to my fathers country, Bangladesh, and furnishing us both with information on Indian history, which we requested. It was an altogether enjoyable experience that I will repeat as soon as I can. Four ****'s

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


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