is - alas - getting scarcer by the day. i've had a cook for a while, so i decided to go around the restaurants and see if i was being biased before.
nope. if anything, it's getting worse. here's where i ate, and i'd avoid ALL these with extreme prejudice:
b) Chutney Mary
d) Rasa Samudra
f) Star of India (this one needs a mercy killing)
h) Lahore Kabab House
even the venerable bombay brasserie served up an awful dinner. puzzlingly, the weekend lunchtime buffet is still outstanding. i don't get it.
on the positive side, cafe spice namaste is still the closest version to home for dinertime - the dhansaak in particular is pretty good. the most 'authentic' experience is lunch at the ymca - this is EXACTLY 'canteen' food in countless colleges all over india. its not great - canteen food rarely is great - but it knows what its doing.
on the hopeful side, i've yet to check out gaylords in mortimer street. this is the london branch of the famous bombay restaurant - which itself has an interesting history. gaylords started life as a brit restaurant in bombay - complete with dance floor and 'continental' cooking in bombay. when nobody went out to fox-trot anymore, the restaurant re-vamped itself into punjabi - and became one of the best in mumbai, rivalling khyber across flora fountain. so i'm hoping the irony of gaylords operating a successful punjabi restaurant in london isn't lost on the owners, and something of the magic remains .....