Located in a gentrified bit of Brentford along the river bank, Pappadum’s is decorated in a modern stripped-pine style and it’s one of my regular places on trips to the area.
The waitress warned me against ordering the masala dosa, saying it would be too heavy. She was right. It was enormous – a meal for two, or a starter for one very greedy man. Good crisp dosa. Herby mix of potato, lentil and onion. Unremarkable sambar. Much as I tried to finish it, I just couldnt.
I was now full but battled my way through the main course that I’d rashly ordered. Waitress had said the haryali gosht was a new menu item and was authentically Punjabi. No idea about authenticity but I enjoyed it.
Small pieces of very tender lamb, almost blending into the sauce. Sauce was sparse and thick – doing not much more than give a good coating to the meat. Restrained spicing of ginger, chilli and cardamom and something else (perhaps herby?). Had it with steamed rice. Bread would have been better.