Mai’da has cream walls, mood lighting, wood furniture, and a possibly over-ambitious menu that ropes together North Indian, Parsi, Pakistani and Indo-Chinese influences. Starters of lamb chops and kachay aam ka murgh tikka (tangy chicken tikka wrapped around a mango and coriander filling), were worthy of some of London’s best Indian restaurants, but the main courses were uneven: nimbu aur hare dhaniye ka murgh (chicken curry supposedly flavoured with lemon and coriander) tasted like weak soup, and seafood tawa biriani was bland. Still, our meal was redeemed by khade masala ka gosht (lamb flavoured with crushed black peppercorns, cumin, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf), and the roomali roti. Alcohol isn’t allowed, so we suggest you order a sweet lassi.
148-150 Bethnal Green Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11am-11pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Bethnal Green tube/rail/8 bus|
|Price:||Main courses £5.50-£8.50. Unlicensed no alcohol allowed.|