An excellent Indian lunch

It’s Friday, so Fiona and I had lunch out (she managed to secure a 3 hour gap between clients). We went, for the first time, to Indian Zest, a high-end Indian restuarant in Sunbury on Thames (website here).

It has a very tastefully laid-out, old colonial-style dining room, but there was only one other table occupied for lunch. The set menu, at £10.95 for two courses is a real bargain. And the food was superb. I had a Green Peppercorn Malai Tikka to start (above) and then a main of Lamb Dhansak (flavoured with dill, pumpkin, aubergine, tamarind, fenugreek and lentils) (below). The malai tikka was beautifully presented with lovely flavours. The dhansak was also good, but I didn’t care for the way it was served.

The wine list is short but interesting enough, focusing on the bottom end, sourced from Berkmann. Fiona had a glass of Kleinkoof Chenin Blanc, and I had a glass of Norton Finca La Colonia Malbec, both of which were perfectly serviceable. They only had 2 whites and 2 reds by the glass, though. If we’d been there for a long session, Bollinger at £59 looked like a good option. For the flash, Dom P is £141.  Overall bill for 2 including service was £32, which is brilliant value for money.

3 comments to An excellent Indian lunch

  • keith Prothero

    You should try Swagat at the bottom of Richmond Hill,Jamie.
    I love Indian food and this restaurant serves up some of the best I have had.
    Goes down great with a few cold Cobra

  • By a strange coincidence…I just posted about Indian Curry and wine…
    Most restaurants have poor lists…the Indians themselves preferring to drink Whiskey

  • Mark T

    Wish I could find just one place here where the food actually tastes like it does in India. I’ve never managed it so far.

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