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|Address:||50 Baker Street, London W1U 7BT|
|Tel:||020 7224 2232|
|Price: £37.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £37.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-11pm|
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I am not sure that I have ever heard the words “healthy” and “curry” used in the same sentence, except with the pre-noun modifier having “un” attached to it. Indali Lounge, as well as advertising itself as a place where some Big Brother party or other took place a while back, is very keen to tell you how healthy the curry here is.
I suppose one should be worried about health issues when eating, although the millions who gorge on transfat at McDonalds might disagree, but I want to know if the stuff tastes good. If it is healthy for me too, well that is a bonus.
The restaurant is set in a post war arcade of shops, flanked on one side by Galvin's Bistro Deluxe and on the other by the Royal China Club. There is even a little terrace on the pavement, although quite why anyone (even a smoker) would want to sit on the bus filled, four lane drag racing strip that is Baker Street is beyond me. Inside, the decor is muted, unlike the more garish Brick Lane establishments that I was brought up on. Service is a little hit and miss; things not being delivered, or coming late on, but it is so charming that it is hard to get too annoyed.
But what of the taste of this healthy curry? It is fine: the coconut crusted soft shell crabs being particularly tasty, but the sauces and especially the naan (which is blandish to start with) need that pepping up that butter and ghee give: the lamb biryani too was just not rich enough. If this were the only game around, it would be a perfectly fine destination. Alas, with the food at Trishna and Colony, each a mere chakram’s throw away, benefiting from ghee, butter and the added pep that they bring, my money will likely go elsewhere.