Dinner at the swish Keralan fine dining spot, Quilon, this evening. Service was smooth, efficient and very friendly.
My meal consisted of:
- Quilon fish curry (cubes of halibut simmered in coconut, chilli, and raw mango sauce): the fish was fresh, the sauce was cooked correctly but the turmeric had an overly bitter metallic taste, and the coconut milk was not as sweet and rich as those one gets in Kerala, India, or anywhere in Southeast Asia, for that matter.
- Stuffed quail legs (with quail mince, chilli, ginger, brown onion and spices, roasted and served with mustard sauce): very tasty, carefully prepared dish. Very refined, but lacked the assertive Indian spice accent I was looking for. This one seemed toned down to suit Londoners' taste - lesser cardamom, cumin, coriander.
- Crispy okra (thinly sliced okra, batter fried, tossed in onion, tomato and crushed pepper): I'm not sure why my waitress highly recommended this - maybe their (mainly) British clientele liked battered, deep-fried morsels of food - in this case, okra. But I wasn't too keen on it at all. But I'm guessing a lot of people liked it - I did see quite a few tables ordering this particular dish.
- Malabar paratha and Lemon rice (basmati rice tossed in lime juice, curry leaves, split bengal gram and pure ghee): I liked the paratha, despite it costing 10 times the price of a typical prata in Singapore - which tasted 100% like this one anyway.
Dessert: Dodhol and Bibinca - both pretty okay, though I'd have preferred my bibinca sans the chocolate sauce between the layers.
Overall, good meal - just not sure about its Michelin rating, that's all.
41 Buckingham Gate
London SW1E 6AF
Tel: +44 20 7821 1899