Furnished with a riot of kitsch Indian fittings and fixtures, this neighbourhood community restaurant is anything but subtle in looks. Expansive painted murals depict Gujarati village life, with bunches of plastic flowers, velveteen seating arrangements, bamboo tables and weighty statues filling any gaps. Never mind. The kitchen produces first-rate, sensitively spiced vegetarian Gujarati dishes. We chose the affordable Gujarati thali for a taster of regional staples, and marvelled at the delicacy of broth-like kadhi, made with roasted gram flour and tart yoghurt, spiced with cloves and fried fennel seeds – perfect with fluffy basmati rice. A simple smooth-textured Gujarati dal, sweetened with jaggery and sharpened with tamarind, made a good match with thepla (soft chapati-like breads). Classic touches include farsan (snacks) – perhaps balls of fried crushed potato dumplings flecked with aromatic curry leaves – served alongside main dishes. Staff were utterly charming. Portions are generous and unlimited refills a bonus. Drink like a local and order churned buttermilk (chaas) with the meal – it’s a marvellous digestif.
|Venue name:||Meera's Village||Contact:|
36 Queensbury Station Parade
|Opening hours:||Open 6-10pm Mon-Tue; noon-3pm, 6-10pm Wed-Thur; noon-10.30pm Fri-Sat; noon-10pm Sun.|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30.|
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What a waste of a night, went here in Jul 2011 and was ok. Gave all our food at the same time, wrong food came including tomato soup?!?!?! Ridiculous service, people seating themselves, waiting for menu, drinks.......60 quid waste!!
Very dissappointed with this restaurant. We went on a busy Saturday night. The welcome was good but there seemed to be too many waiters standing around with little to do and yet despite this we were not given menus until after we requested them some 10 minutes later. Most of our party ordered the thali whilst a couple ordered other items off the menu. Given that the thali is one of the more popular choices on the menu it was very surprising that not all the items on the thali were freshly prepared. The roti and thepla were clearly made a few days earlier and were cold. The sweet - mohantar - was very dry and appeared to be a couple of weeks old. The general service was very slow with the thali items not being replenished for long periods of time.