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112 Cheyne Walk
It may not be as cool as Dishoom or as slick as Gymkhana, but TPH of Chelsea was once a trailblazing modern Indian, and the fact that it still attracts crowds 15 years on is testament to the quality of its food. Your multi-course meal might bring forth a decades-old retrospective of questionable crockery, but who cares when what’s on the mismatched plates is this good? Unusually for an Indian restaurant, there’s a strong focus on seasonal British ingredients, so you may find asparagus, strawberries and even rhubarb in your curry. Fancy a tikka to start? Take your pick from Gressingham duck or pollack. Visiting during the game season? Tuck into partridge with yellow split peas. In the mood for some fish? Try chilli-crusted black cod with onion jam, lentil dumpling and yoghurt. After that, you can chill out with a Cuban cigar on the refurbished terrace. Note the online delivery service too.
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112 Cheyne Walk
Fulham Broadway Station 1km
Fulham Broadway Tube Station 1km
Chelsea Theatre 233m
Battersea Bridge 268m
Mon-Sun 11.30am-3.30pm 6-11pm
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Food + drink: 3
First visit at on an icily quiet Saturday lunchtime. There was for most of the two hours we were there no-one else there and we ate in splendid isolation, relieved only but the very occasional caller collecting a take-out. The restaurant looks OK - not palatial or even characterful , but certainly respectable and comfortable enough which is as well because even with an empty restaurant we were there a good half hour longer than we expected.
When I reserved they had on their site a conventional menu divided into starters, mains etc and then into contemporary or traditional dishes. When we got there this has changed into a vegetable/meat/fish division in which the starter portions were mixed in with mains. It was frankly a bit difficult to decipher and we needed a bit of help from a young lady who served us helpfully and with a smile throughout.
All the food we ate- three shared "starters" , two mains , rice and two sides, were nicely cooked. Most of them were tasty and enjoyable. I enjoyed my somewhat spicy lentil side dish, rather less so my Lamb Rogan Josh which although cooked to great tenderness had little flavour and virtually no spice at all. Most of the food we tried today was dishes new to us. I picked the Rogan Josh to draw a comparison between the food here and the Indian restaurants we usually eat in near our home and in Southall. We were told that it would be different and it was; but we assumed it would be better, and it wasn't.
We wanted to see where this restaurant sat alongside our local choices but also against contemporary and well-regarded restaurants such as Gymkhana. Though the latter can be variable, it seems to me that Gymkhana at its best is a far more interesting place to be for lunch and I prefer the food there. A similarly constructed meal at say Madhu's or Mehfil in Southall would have cost little over half what we paid today (£103) and is for me 90% as good.
So though we enjoyed our food today we're struggling to see a role for the Painted Heron in our repertoire. I think there are others in London better at approx. the same price. And for the times when "as good as it gets" isn't necessarily what we're after, it seems counter-productive to drive into London , maybe struggle to park, when to do so we have to pass within a few minutes of Southall's myriad offers. We imagine this is a restaurant enjoyed by a local clientele in the evening. We eat in London primarily at lunch. Its just a poor fit I'm afraid.
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