I love really good Indian food! When I visit the United Kingdom, I have to get my fix. My cousin lives a five-minute walk from Akash Tandoori at 500 A Edgeware Road (Maida Vale), London. A small restaurant with a really good neighbourhood feel, Akash delivers big on taste. Chakra at 33 C Holland Avenue, Kensington is another favourite. Chakra is all white tablecloths, shiny crystal, and fancy cocktails. Given that the residents of Kensington Palace could walk there in five minutes…… More an indication of where you are than probability.
I have found it very difficult to find the same quality Indian fare in Canada. Chef Akbar in Pierrefonds filled that gap for a while. My grand-daughter told me it changed hands and I have not been back in years. I am not sure that it is even open now. It has been really, really hard to find anything to match Akash and Chakra. I have tried other places, some enjoyable enough, others have been terrible. I decided that I would have to put off getting my fix to whenever I visited the UK.
Then a funny thing happened. I met clients for lunch at their offices. When told we would be eating Indian, I was prepared to be disappointed. What a surprise! They had ordered from Indian Meal First Choice. Everything was incredibly good. Curries, vindaloos, naan breads, and homemade condiments! Vegetarian, lamb, chicken, prawns, and paneer! A discovery!
Everyone in my family craves good Indian food so we ordered a feast for a Sunday lunch. Butter chicken, chicken vindaloo, prawn curry, lamb korma – all of the dishes were fantastic. We ordered Samosas and Momos fried dumplings – both stuffed with vegetables and both excellent. Indian food without enough heat can be dull; too much heat and the mouth dissolves and taste disappears. It must be difficult to get the heat just right such that all of the delicate, fragrant spices shine through. Indian Meal First Choice gets that perfect balance !
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I don’t think that I can recommend any particular wine to match with Indian food. It is a good idea to have a really excellent white wine before eating but after a while, there is too much competition from the elegantly spiced flavours. My favourite drink with Indian when in the UK is King Cobra – a beer first brewed in Bangalore. In Montreal, find a good Pilsner from a micro brewery. Try the one made at Brasserie Le Castor, Rigaud.
So, the perfect match in Montréal’s West Island – a Pilsener from Le Castor and Indian Meal First Choice.
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