Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Masala Zone

A friend introduced me to Masala Zone in Covent Gardens, upon entering the restaurant the ceiling was decorated beautifully with puppets. You could smell the different spices flowing from the kitchen as soon as you walked in the door.

The menu is clear and simple, I was recommended The Grand Thali, which is a starter and main course combined served on a large steel dish with little bowls of curry, rice and yoghurt. The Grand Thali included a choice of curry, two vegetables, dal (lentils) raita (yoghurt), Indian salad, papadum, chutney, chapatti and rice. For around £12, this was a bargain and delicious, I could see why this was a popular place for a taste of India. Each dish tasted different and had a different level of spice, I'm not usually good with spicy food but the yoghurt helped me neutralise the spicy taste. I love getting my hands dirty when I eat and here was no exception. The waiters were also helpful in assisting us with our meal choices. I really enjoyed my meal here and would recommend it to anyone who craves authentic Indian food, Masala Zone is far from what you would get in a takeaway. 

The Grand Thali
Rating: 7.75
Service: 7/10
Presentation: 8/10
Taste: 8/10
Quality: 8/10
Website: http://www.masalazone.com/
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Indian street food

One of my favourite Indian snacks is pani puri, which is a hollow crispy fried ball (puri) in which you crack a hole in and then fill up with a water mixture (pani). The mixture can be made up of a mix of ingredients such as chickpeas, onion, potatoes, tamarind and chilli. The puri is small enough to fit in your mouth, so you eat it whole and once you bite down on it, the mixture floods your mouth with Indian spices and a crunch from the puri. It is a popular street food in India, I did the next best thing and bought it in Southall.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Street Thai in Brighton lanes

I stumbled upon a little gem within Brighton lanes this week called Street Thai. The name says it all really, but if you didn't get it the restaurant focuses on Thai street food. The restaurant is trendy, modern and has a hint of Thai culture. 

We ordered:

  • Pha Naeng Goongg - creamy red curry with tiger prawns and ground roasted peanut flavoured with kaffir lime leaves
  • Pad Kra-Prao Gai Krob - stir fry crispy Thai holy basil leaves with chicken, green beans, pepper, chillies & garlic
  • Fritter Lover - banana fritter in coconut flakes and sesame seeds topped with honey & chocolate served with vanilla ice-cream
Main dishes were served with Jasmine rice

The main dishes had strong flavours, which tasted great together and the food was so fresh. I usually find in the UK, so many cuisines from the far east are westernised and the dishes are butchered, but Street Thai really delivered. I would have hoped the food was more spicy as the Pad Kra-Prao Gai Krob was supposed to be very hot but didn't give my tongue that heated sensation. Nonetheless, the meal was good and decently priced and a place I would highly recommend.

Rating: 8.5
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 9/10
Taste: 8/10
Quality: 9/10

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

L'Entre Cote

The problem I have with Paris is that there are so many good places to eat and try new things. My boyfriend and I were walking around for about 20 minutes before we decided on L'Entre Cote. This restaurant looked reasonably priced and had escargots, which was something I wanted to try and Paris. It wasn't as bad as it looks, the escargots were flavoured with garlic, which was tasty. 

Smoked salmon and avocado salad
Grilled chicken breast with chips and salad

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chez Clement

My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this gorgeous French restaurant in Paris. From the outside it looked so welcoming and fresh, when we walked inside we were provided with an English menu. The restaurant smelt so good of cooked meat and it was a positive sign that the restaurant was busy.

For our mains we had a mixed plate of meat from pork, chicken and duck served with tomato mash, which was so tasty. The potato mash was smooth and tasted like pizza, it had pieces of tomato and cheese in. This was the best mash potato I have ever tried, I just wanted more.

Outside the restaurant