Monday, December 17, 2012

Indian Food at Selfridges: All my favourites! Dosas, Chaat, Pav Bhaji

Pani Puri, Bhel Puri and Pav Bhaji

I couldn't believe that I was going to Selfridges, of all places, to eat a Dosa. Quite popular in south India - but it's almost unheard of to find one on the menu in any Indian restaurant in central London - you'd have to trek all the way to Wembley or Southall for a good masala dosa. Luckily for me, my friend discovered that right on the fourth floor of Selfridges is a food court that serves dosas - so there I was - watching a masala dosa being prepared right in front of my eyes. A savoury crepe that is soft and fluffy yet still a little crisp; filled with gently spiced turmeric yellow potatoes and served with a spicy red chutney and an aromatic sambhar. The first bite brought back memories of home - it's been ages since I've had one. It's funny how growing up I would always make a fuss when my mum cooked dosas for breakfast or lunch but here I am now waxing poetically on about them!

The food court also serves some really nice indian chaats like Pani Puri or Gol Guppas - crisp little spheres stuffed with chickpeas which you quickly dunk into a tangy tamrind and spice water before stuffing them into your mouth and Bhel Dahi Puri - the same stuffed spheres but this time covered in yoghurt, a sweet tamarind sauce and a spicy green sauce. We also had the Pav Bhaji - mashed up tomatoes and potatoes make the flavourful bhaji and the pav is a lightly toasted round bread served with the bhaji.

So if you get a sudden Dosa craving or fancy checking out Indian food that's not the usual curry/kebab offering, now you know where to go!

Food Court 4th Floor
400 Oxford Street London W1A 1AB Tube: Bond Street 

Masala Dosa

Friday, December 14, 2012

Verru: A taste of Baltic cuisine in Marylebone

Duck Lamb Verru Buon Appetito

I had no idea what to expect when I was invited to dinner at Verru. I hadn't heard of it before and wasn't sure what Baltic cuisine would entail. So having no preconceived notions or expectations, I made my way down to Marylebone lane and found my self in a tiny, utterly charming restaurant. It felt like there were no more then 10 tables inside and you could be totally forgiven for walking right past the restaurant like I did initially.

I had my first taste of Estonian food with the a starter of pickled herring and while I found the herring a bit too strong for my taste, I really did like the tuna tartar it came with. What really impressed me were the mains. I had the duck which was lovely and my dinner companion had the lamb which was gorgeous. I'm definitely going to order that the next time I go but then again the menu changes constantly so I look forward to trying something new. Paired with sides of spinach and chips - it was quite a satisfying meal. And to end with we had the apple crumble and creme brulee - both were faultless.

Service was lovely and it's a rather romantic place to have dinner - all the low lighting creates a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Definitely a place to go to for an intimate dinner.


69 Marylebone Lane London W1H2PU
0207 935 0858

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