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[Richmond, London] Swagat

Harters | Jun 4, 201510:19 AM

Swagat’s one of those places that you’d like to have near where you live. It probably wouldn’t be your favourite Indian restaurant but it’d be up there on your list of places to go “for a change”. They’d feed you well and you’d feel you’d had a nice time – which is pretty much all I need from a restaurant.

There was paneer tikka to start. In truth, I wasn’t at all sure about it when I had the first mouthful. The paneer had been given a seasoning with tikka spices and then spent some time in the tandoor. It was a nice firm texture – something to have a bit of a chew on, if you will. No, that was fine, it was the sauces that I wasn’t sure about. The cheese had been drizzled with two – a chilli/mint one and a sweet mango one. I thought they clashed. But, by the third bite, I was convinced it worked.

No qualms about the main course. Lamb handi was everything you might want. Well, almost everything. Handi off the bone never seems quite as good as handi on the bone - but I really am nit-picking and, in any event, it's probably all in my mind. The lamb itself was flavoursome and tender. And there was a nice clingy oniony sauce with a real chilli whack and then a softening following on from cinnamon. Jeera pulao was good. Just enough cumin so you knew it was there but not so much as to dominate.

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