so far we have eaten three indian meals out:
1. quilon. we were there in late 2009 with vanessa and were very happy to go back for lunch with a friend who was passing through town. we each got the tasting menu and it was excellent. and it was also a lot of food for £36/head.
2. malabar junction. this is a large if somewhat garish place in bloomsbury which specializes in south indian food, specifically the cuisine of kerala. some things were quite good, most were fine, some were not very good indeed. still better than most indian places in the u.s, especially considering we got out at just about £20/head for quite a bit of food (all ordered to share).
3. cinnamon club. this is right around the corner from us in westminster and we decided to take a flyer on their set lunch today. it was really quite good. the room is great (it's located in the old westminster library) and the food was very good. the least of the dishes was above average by u.s standards and the best (a tandoori cod starter and a baked plaice main) were just excellent. at £26/head for three courses this was a very good deal and we'll likely go back once the set menu turns over.
i'll have detailed reports on all of these on the blog in the coming weeks.
next on the itinerary: lahore kebab house in whitechapel (recommended by our indian friends as better than tayyabs for similar food), set lunch at amaya and a return to hoppers.