In the quest for new places to try, it’s so easy to forget the really good places on your own doorstep. And we had sort of forgotten Seven Spices. We had planned to go to another restaurant but plans changed and we needed to eat close to home.
Corn bhel was an absolute belter of a starter. A mix of sweetcorn, puffed rice, onion and peanuts. Subtle spicing with a really good tamarind dressing giving just the right sharpness. And it comes as a very generous portion. Seekh kebab was also a fine example. The cooking was a tribute to the kitchen – they’d managed not to dry it out as seems to happen often. So, moist tasty lamb, spiked with a heavy hit of chilli. It’s the sort of dish that I might once have described as “man’s food” but wouldn’t dream of doing so now.
For mains, palek murgh was fine. Not a dish to shout from the rooftops about but well balanced and well constructed. OK, chicken is chicken and the spinach sauce was spinach sauce but it was well flavoured with coriander which gave it a slight background citrussy note.
Better was the tawa gosht masaledar. Much better. Absolutely bang-on better. This was juicy tender lamb served in quite small pieces, along with onions, green and red peppers, and very long cooked after what I understand was a 24 hour marination. The spicing here was quite complex, with nothing dominating. I tell you now that this is what I’m ordering next time we’re there – the couple of forkfuls I was able to grab from my partner’s plate was simply not enough.
For carbs, there was good fluffy steamed rice and pretty decent naan and tandoori roti.
Without doubt, this is food to rival the well known big hitters in the city centre.