This was my third meal here – see earlier reviews for the background of the restaurant. Today’s lunch began with aloo tikki, which had potato patties, white radish, red onion, honey yoghurt and tamarind mint chutney. This was attractively presented and had good flavour balance, the tamarind bringing its natural sweetness to the dish but not overwhelming the other flavours (15/20). Venison samosas came with crispy cauliflower, chutney and pickle, the sourness of the pickle nicely balancing the richness of the meat, the pastry delicate (15/20).
Stone bass was, if anything, even better than before, the charcoal imparting a lovely smoky flavour note, the fish beautifully tender, alongside boldly flavoured avocado chutney. The texture of the fish was simply superb. Indeed, this was the most perfectly cooked piece of fish I have eaten in an Indian restaurant in the UK (17/20).
Lamb biryani was sealed with a pastry top, and when opened released its aromas. The rice was delicate, fluffy and aromatic, the meat tender, and even the pastry top tasted good (15/20). A cauliflower side dish was just as good as previously (14/20), as was the superb, slightly smoky, densely flavoured black dhal (16/20). New on the menu was a dish of three different textures of aubergine: pakora, stuffed aubergine with Chettinad spices, and with stone fungus. This was a clever and appealing dish, the different textures complementing each other well, the flavour impressive (15/20).
Service was superb, the staff patient and attentive. The bill came to £51 a head with just water and mango lassi to drink. My opinion remains unchanged that this is the best Indian food in London right now.