It's all about modern interpretations of traditional Indian dishes at this attractive Indian restaurant in Croydon. Decor and presentation mark it out as a step above your typical curry house, too.
A la carte options such as crayfish salad with Mumbai onion, pepper, avocado, coconut and lemon juice, salmon and cod pakora, and a Keralan alappuzha fish curry with salmon, ginger, cocum, coconut and curry leaves are served alongside tasting menus - available with matching wines, too.
Indian Sunday brunches also prove popular, with oothappam pancakes, Indian omelettes and egg bhurji alongside chicken tikka, roasted leg of lamb Hyderabad Nawab style, tandoori paneer and dhahi wada - black gram dumplings in yoghurt, mustard and cumin. You can team it all with Champagne, should you wish.
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We ate at Karnavar a few weeks ago. We'd driven/walked past this restaurant many times and then decided to give it a go after reading positive reviews on tripadvisor. (sorry Timeout, but there wasn't one on here!)
I can't stress enough how pleasantly surprised I was at the quality and standard of the food. I judge how much I like an Indian restaurant by how good the kebabs and grill menu are...you will not be disappointed! We had a starter, grill and main item each - greedy I know but it was that good!
The menu is South Indian with British/seasonal influences. I recommend Scallops Mango Coriander, Hariyali ChickenTikka and Tulsi Seekh Kebab (obviously). My main of choice was the Dover Sole Mappas - but it wasn't available and had the Travancore fillet of Sea Bass instead - was a bit carb heavy for my liking. Maybe if I hadn't eaten two starters I would have enjoyed my main a little more. Also, ask for more of their chilli sauces, there's not enough on the plate - i'ts delicious!
Thumbs up for menu and service. It is closer to ££/£££ (definitely not budget).