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It may be off the beaten track, but The Painted Heron is worth hunting down for its inventive, offbeat take on contemporary Indian cuisine. Where else in the capital would you find a surprisingly
delicious side dish of sweet English strawberries in mild curry sauce – or an Asian riff on Lancashire hotpot? From tempura lotus roots or pigeon breasts cooked sous-vide with tamarind to
spice-roasted black cod with crab pilau, it’s all a world away from the three-pot clichés of your average local curry joint. Desserts such as chocolate fondant could do with a little more TLC,
although things perk up again with the zesty international wine list and top-notch cocktails. The handsomely furnished dining room and attentive staff are further pluses.
In true British Indian style we started our meal with some crunchy, ungreasy popadoms accompanied by an intense, but delicious garlic chutney and a raspberry style chutney. The Painted Heron just can't stay away from their fruit, but actually it worked really well here. We quickly devoured all our delicious poppadoms and sauces with but a trace, things shortly went a little down hill thereafter.Our unusual starter of chestnut mushrooms stuffed with a paneer masala mixture which is then grilled in the tandoor oven was fine to say the least. Accompanied by more of that raspberry sauce and a spicy vegetable...
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I had read on Time Out’s 10 best London Restaurants list last week that The Painted Heron was a good backup for Gymkhana (which was one of their top restaurants - as it should be). As I didn’t fully agreed with their list, I shouldn’t have fallen for it and gone to The Painted Heron when we were craving some yummy Indian on a chili night. I asked my friend Seema and she had been once and was not impressed but said that I should try as she knew people who had enjoyed it.The place is cute, better than it looks on their site as the pictures they have online are way too bright. The location is also nice as it...
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