I've been in London for one week now, so I thought it was time for my first chowhound report in my new city. This was the most exciting/promising meal I've had so far here. I've been roaming all over London looking at flats, so there have been lots of quick meals (thus far mostly mediocre doner kebab). But yesterday I had the chance to stop at Le Chamarel, and I'm excited to go back and try more.
The menu at Le Chamarel boasts "The best of Mauritian Cuisine." I had never had Mauritian cuisine before, so I didn't have much to compare to, but I was able to try a few things. I had half servings of two chicken dishes: chicken curry and chicken la daube (the later was a special yesterday - they don't always have every dish). The chicken la daube was in a tomato based, lighter curry sauce, and also had pieces of potato. Meanwhile the chicken curry was a brown curry sauce - I preferred the chicken la daube. But both were good.
I had a plate of rice, and a small side of a tamarind pickle (this was really nice). They were displaying many of their dishes in a glass display case, and I was sad that I couldn't try any of the veg dishes (there were chickpeas, a green vegetable, and some other kind of vegetable curry as well). Several people came in the restaurant to order samosas and dholl puri (which looked similar to the ones in this video, but only one curry sauce filling) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq8wDI...
The restaurant is family run (looked like mom in the kitchen, father and son working up front?) and they were friendly and happy to explain what different dishes were. I will certainly be back to try the dholl puri and some of the veg dishes. Curious to hear if anyone else has checked this out yet!
The restaurant is at 27 Turnpike Lane, just 2 min walk west of the tube station.
Closed Mondays, but 6 days from 14:00 - late
That's all for now,