Restaurants & Bars

London - Chowmeet at Lahori Nihaari, Upton Park

klyeoh | Apr 10, 201312:06 AM     13

London-based Chowhounds converged upon Lahori Nihaari, that little Pakistani neighborhood eatery in Upton Park, last night for a Chowdown. What we had:

- Shami Tikki: spiced minced lamb-chickpea-lentil patties. It was a light, delicious starter, with the soft, yielding pate-like consistency of a vegetarian burger, *but* with just enough meat to give it a lamb flavour;

- Seekh Kebab: absolutely fantastic rendition here, bursting with meaty flavours, and with the perfect consistency and bite to the texture. I actually enjoyed the one here last night to the ones at Old Delhi's famous century-old Karim's during my trip to India last month (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892811). Maybe because the lamb-meat here has a subtler scent and sweeter flavour.

- Haleem: a Pakistani classic - gluey, saffron-tinted porridge made from lentils, wheat and finely-julienned chicken breastmeat, served topped with golden-brown onions and more slivered ginger. The consistency of the haleem here was thicker than I'd have liked but, again, the flavours here were exceptional.

- Nihari: the quintessential Pakistani slow-cooked lamb stew, swimming with grease and topped with slivered ginger and chopped coriander. Cardamom dominated the flavours of Lahori Nihaari's rendition. It was good, but not my favourite dish of the evening.

- Lamb Karahi: Absolutely flavoursome lamb stew with a spiced kick. The gravy was the best part: gingery and oniony, with a blend of aromatics like cloves, cardamom, cumin, coriander. It reminded me of Singapore's own Nyonya curries with their thick, complex blend of spices.

- Chicken Karahi: the poultry version of the karahi curry has a sweeter, milder blend of spices (toned down on the assertive cardamom) and was positively my favourite dish for the evening. I'd make the journey back here again just for this dish.

- Daal Maash: a grainy, delicious mung dhal fry, subtly-spiced and a perfect accompaniment to the meat stews and the breads.

- Tandoori Paratha, including Keema Paratha (filled with minced lamb): these were discs of tandoor-baked wheat breads, their lightly perforated surface gleaming with ghee. Essential part of the meal to mop up the gravy and meaty juices.

It was the perfect meal for me. Absobloodylutely loved this place. Our table was also the only "non-local" one, as Pakistani families and groups of friends packed the other tables, attracted, doubtless, by the authentic flavours here, done very, very well indeed.

Thanks to fellow Chowhound, JFores, for playing the perfect guide and host. You've opened a new frontier for Chowhounds in the Far East of London here.

Address details
Lahori Nihaari
50 Plashet Grove
E6 1AE London
Tel: +44 2085869148

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

by Brianne Garrett | New year, new me. It’s a popular mantra that we all tell ourselves going into a new year—vowing that...

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

by Gretchen Lidicker | Trying to cut carbohydrates? There are plenty of great plant-based substitutes for your favorite carbs...

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

by Dan McKay and Jen Wheeler | These easy, healthy ingredient swaps are proof that eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore. Even...

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right
Recipe Round-Ups

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right

by Gretchen Lidicker | If you want to eat less sugar, finding no-sugar and low sugar breakfast recipes that are both easy...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.