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With its low-key signage and low profile, the Star of India's modern take on Indian food does the talking for this neighbourhood haunt. Inside, the small, well-heeled interior has a polished
art-deco feel, complete with crisp tablecloths and a spectacular frescoed ceiling depicting chubby cherubs. Food is pitched at the moneyed locals, with starters such as vermicelli-rolled coriander
pancakes stuffed with paneer, red onion and green chilli suggesting that the kitchen has lofty ambitions. Elsewhere, chicken meatballs with raisins in an onion, cardamom and mace sauce is an
intriguing departure from the norm, as is venison pasanda – simmered with Kashmiri spices and served with crispy straw potatoes. Desserts combine east and west to good effect – the white and dark
chocolate samosa with vanilla ice cream is well worth a whirl.
I am very partial to a good Indian and I probably eat it more than any other cuisine, at least once a week, if not more, yet I never seem to write about them. I think I find the cuisine so comforting that I completely forget about analysing every single dish and snapping away photos on my poor 5 megapixel camera, which normally causes my food to go cold. But since I’ve started blogging I realised it’s about time I did, especially considering there are very little reviews on curry houses in London...
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