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Started by angelico on Oct 22, 2021 6:59:02 PM
This is my favourite curry in the whole world

… is what Angelica says, pretty much every time I make her a curry, which is two or three times a week.

When I told her I’d made another sag aloo today but let it slip that it was slightly different to the last one, she was nearly in tears. It had fine beans in it. But it was also her favourite curry in the whole world.

What’s yours?

angelico - 22 Oct 2021 21:19:29 (#12 of 60)

Does anyone else like those lovely veg curry restaurants in Euston - can't recall the names; think there are two.

Or the Hare Krish in the 70s, just off Oxford st at the tottenham ct road end.

Proper Indian food, not UK curry house stuff.

We sometimes make great chapatis or puris, with chana dahl. Homemade paneer with whole spices and green chillies. Her favourite curry in the whole world.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:22:00 (#13 of 60)

Yes! There's a slightly manky looking one that does incredible dosa (and a rather good lunchtime buffet). Went there with a bunch of colleagues when one had recently given up smoking, and his taste seemed to come back as we went there, and he spent the entire time behind himself with joy at all the flavours.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:23:01 (#14 of 60)

Diwana - that's it.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:25:02 (#15 of 60)

There's also one in Fitzrovia that does the dosas Mysore-style, and has a particularly tasty chana masala.

AdonisBlue - 22 Oct 2021 21:25:19 (#16 of 60)

#12 went to the Hare Krishna one.

Not sure why people in the UK expect mainly Bangladeshi and Pakistani run restaurants to make proper Indian food. But what they used to make was far superior to what they now make, in most cases.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:31:28 (#17 of 60)

To be fair, Punjabi food isn't that different from one side of the border to another, and nor is Bengali food. But we do seem to have settled into the one-gravy-suits-all vaguely Sylheti menu. And some really odd takes on a biryani.

NightInTGeorgia - 22 Oct 2021 21:37:43 (#18 of 60)

Gobi 65

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:39:17 (#19 of 60)

Oh yes. From Papa Js in Luton.

cozzer - 22 Oct 2021 22:19:50 (#20 of 60)

from a café run by a refuge for sex workers, opposite the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore

It’s a strong bid, early in the thread

AdonisBlue - 22 Oct 2021 22:22:14 (#21 of 60)

Papa Js another place I used to love, twenty years ago.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 22:28:45 (#22 of 60)

It's supposedly Not As Good As It Used To Be, but I had many excellent lunches there when I was working in Luton. The A1 Dosa House, up in Bury Park, was always a safe bet too.

Antimatter - 22 Oct 2021 22:29:29 (#23 of 60)

Shimla Pinks in Birmingham, and Green Delight from Kardamon in Stony Stratford. No idea if they are still there though. I love a good curry.

Ginmonkey - 22 Oct 2021 22:30:52 (#24 of 60)

#12 the Ravi Shankhar on Drummond St. Very good vegetarian dhosas.

Also good are the Pakistani grill houses around East London. Lahore Kebab or Needoo Grill near Whitechapel high st are both v good.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 22:33:59 (#25 of 60)

The Drummond Street ones always used to bill themselves as bhelpuri houses, which felt like an odd selling point (they never restricted themselves to it).

Oddly, one of the best bhelpuris I've had was in the domestic departures area of Kolkata airport (Dum Dum).

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 22:35:35 (#26 of 60)

New Tayyabs was good, too, until its reputation went to its head. Ambala, nearby on Brick Lane, used to deliver huge batches of excellent samosas to our office.

Moschops - 22 Oct 2021 23:11:47 (#27 of 60)

From a little street food place I know. You wouldn't have been there, it was years before they'd even serve me.

carterbrandon - 22 Oct 2021 23:56:31 (#28 of 60)

#23: I think that business of the waiter delivering cocaine to your table did for Shimla Pinks.

Antimatter - 23 Oct 2021 00:08:56 (#29 of 60)

It was a very fun place while it lasted.

ishyomah - 23 Oct 2021 00:18:47 (#30 of 60)

There's still Shimla Pinks in Leicester. Their fish dishes are good.

Macpaddy - 23 Oct 2021 00:39:33 (#31 of 60)

Fish curries have never done it for me.

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