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21 August 2014
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Daawat at Johnstons

2 Burleigh Street, London WC2R 0JJ

Indian Covent Garden
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Johnstons Restaurant has evolved to become 'Daawat at Johnstons', a concept Indian restaurant to whisk you away on a tempting and mouth-watering journey, full of eastern promise. The restaurant will be open from 12 October - 30 November 2012 (Johnstons normal à la carte menu will not be available in this period).
Let our skilled chefs inspire you with a menu that includes popular street food and specialities. Using only the finest ingredients, and using traditional methods, we have sourced and created a whole range of delightful dishes, that will transport you to the heart of everything that is India.
Whether you prefer something light, blended with fragrant spices and swirled with cream, or whether you seek the richness and heady aroma of a full bodied dish, we have created something different to tempt, and indulge. Combined with fresh vegetables, warm breads and an enviable array of Indian accompaniments, you will be utterly spoilt for choice.

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  1. Bring on the thali silver shiny trays filled with starters and mains. Daawat nestled inside the Strand Palace hotel, has a great value set meal for a steal. Setting back with a shocking £18 for 3-course meal. From the menu I opted for methi murgh kebab, lamb roganjosh, and a mango kulfi for dessert. When the thali came I was pleasantly surprised with the extra side dishes, pappadam and roti. Usually at other restaurants these additional supplements cost extra. Small little steel dishes filled the thali tray...
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  2. Presenting tried and true South Asian comfort food on the Strand and just down the street from Covent Garden, Daawat Indian restaurant at the four star (and newly renovated) Strand Palace Hotel is a smart choice when you’re on the go and seeking a satisfying meal. During a recent evening visit, I went with the Chef’s Special Taster Menu (£22) which featured a range of five starters (I especially liked the “saufiyani murgh malai kebab” of marinated chicken with fennel seeds, cashews and cream cooked in the tandoor) and a “duo of curries” main course of chicken tikka masala and lamb dopiaza, all served with Basmati rice and ample naan...
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  3. Published : Tuesday, 21st January 2014

    Tooting Curry Blog :: Daawat

    9 January 2014 – Daawat: A Dosa & A DaawatFull of New Year resolve and health binge reverie we decided to go for a curry. Whilst we made a dent in our fitness plans, the same pain wasn’t felt by our wallets as the kind folk at Zomato welcomed in our 2014 with a gift voucher. In the process, we inadvertently celebrated our two year anniversary too (the blog’s, not mine and Tom’s).The money off was to sample Daawat’s thali menu and so that’s what we did. Poor form to start 2014 outside of Tooting, but we’re not going to turn down free food, least not when it’s only a short stroll from work.VenueDawaat is situated off the Strand and is part of the Strand Palace Hotel, but there was no red carpet rolled out for us, instead we entered via the side entrance on Burleigh Street. Upon entry we were given a choice of seats…pretty much all of them as there was no one there. We chose a table by the window and took in our desolate surroundings. The tables were each adorned with a flower in a glass, and the deep red of the walls juxtaposed tastefully with the dark wood furniture, picture frames and white coving. However, eagle-eyed Tom Scrimgour noted down the paper table cloths and surmised that the rest of the interior may not be as high end as it first appears.The few other diners seemed to be hotel guests who had stumbled in the wrong door on the way to the hotel bar or tourists looking for a real British experience. We jest of course, but eavesdropping on a table twenty metres away revealed the not so dulcet tones of some Americans that suggested our suspicions were well-founded. Indeed, the request for something ‘full bodied’ from the wine list that overbore the calming, authentic restaurant music, confirmed we weren’t in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Undeterred (mostly as we were comfortably at a distance from these cowboys) we reached for the menu. 6/10.Starters and Sides (Thali)Methi Murgh KebabPunjabi Chole (Chickpeas)Dal Tadka (Lentils)Jeera Aloo (Potatoes)RiceNaanPappadomSaladAs we were sent to sample the thali menu we obliged accordingly. As such, the starter, sides and curry all came at once. For starter, we had a choice of methi murgh kebab or vegetable samosa. We each opted for the chicken kebab that had a nice, zingy fenugreek flavour. This was complimented by a plethora of small side dishes (katori) that offered a range of vegetarian dipping options for the naan and poppadum, both of which were very fresh. The lentil, dal tadka was my favourite, but the chole and jeera aloo were each distinct and worthy contributors to the thali. All in all, the platters were fair in size, but the downside of this form of meal is that all items get cold quite quickly. Unfortunately, nothing really took our breath away either. Some consolation was the third course on the menu – desert. We had a triple chocolate bavarois (read posh cheesecake) and some pistachio kulfi. Both were very good, with the kulfi taking us pleasantly by surprise. As this isn’t usually our field, we won’t take into account here, 6/10 it is then for starters and sides.CurryChef’s own lamb rogan joshGoan prawn curryFor the main we turned down the choices of chicken tikka masala and paneer makhani for the chef’s own lamb rogan josh and Goan prawn curry. Presumably the chef also had a hand in the Goan prawn which ticked all the right boxes with a healthy kick and tangy, tamarind and coconut sauce that complimented the rice. The slow braised lamb came in a light, mace and cinnamon curry that was equally punchy. Both dishes were thin in texture and in portion, but still more than decent in flavour. 7/10.ServiceThe staff were very attentive and constantly asked us how our meal was. The cynic in me would say this is because we had a voucher and they knew our game, or simply because they had nothing better to do given the lack of visitors, but nevertheless it was appreciated. Beyond this, our main waiter wasn’t much of a talker, but he seemed a good lad. Not a huge amount to add – 7/10.Value For MoneyAfter 7pm the thali is £18 for three courses, which is perhaps a little steep, but is available earlier for less, at 4-7pm for £15. The beer was also a bit pricey at £4.50 a bottle. I suppose you’re always going to pay tourist prices in central London so we can’t be too harsh, but once again we find another reason to go to Tooting for a curry instead. 6/10 for value for money, but may have been lower had we not received a voucher.SummaryA decent, pre-theatre, venue with a convenient set menu to boot, we didn’t have anything to complain about at Daawat apart from maybe the atmosphere. We’ll put that down to seasonality on this occasion, but otherwise nothing really knocked our socks off, leaving us with a final total of 32/50.As a bonus we got some free market research (our favourite).For those interested: Fair, Excellent, N/A, Good, Good, Excellent, Poor, Fair to Good.See what others thought:
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