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From its hidden-away location on Cheyne Walk, The Painted Heron has impressed with its high-quality Indian cuisine for over 12 years. Muted colours and low lighting make for a discreet, stylish dining room, manned by a team of eager waiting staff. Chef Yogesh Datta’s seasonal take on modern Indian cookery is the real draw, although our latest visit was marred by a couple of duds: a bird stew of duck, pigeon and quail lacked any pizzazz, and a soft-shell crab starter was stodgy and unappetising. However, Datta hasn’t won a legion of fans for nothing, and the likes of tandoor-roasted tiger prawns with pomegranate, and a creamy chicken tikka and almond curry, were excellent demonstrations of the kitchen’s talent. Well-priced wines are skilfully selected to match the spicy food.

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  1. 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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  1. Published : Thursday, 21 August 2014

    Sam Stewart Etc :: The Painted Heron

    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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  1. Published : Tuesday, 13 November 2012

    Gingle lists everything :: Painted Heron, 8th November

    managed to lose my camera the other week when I was out cavorting at the Bugged Out Halloween party. This may seem to have little relevance to a review of an Indian restaurant but I mention it by way of apologising for the nonexistent or truly poor quality photos. My camera phone just isn’t up to scratch when faced with the kind of low lighting used to provide ambience. I took two photos of the starters and then gave up.

    Which is a shame as some of the food looked really good.

    Painted Heron had earned a place on my List from trawling through 1000 Things to do in London. And then, just as with McQueen,...
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