There are few things that can kick that Monday feeling, but a good curry is definitely one of them. If you're tired of that dastardly queue at Dishoom and desperate for that curry fix then look no further and treat yourself to Darbaar. Tucked in the heart of the City's skyscrapers and on the fringes of Shoreditch Darbaar, by head chef Abdul Yaseen, offers more than just curry. It serves regal fare worthy of a decadent Indian feast... And feast we certainly did!
Our banquet began with a colourful rainbow of starters. We ordered the assorted papad crisps and chutneys - from classic sweet mango to tongue tingling, lip tingling, eye brow raising heat.
Abdul's platter of paneer, salmon, chicken and succulent lamb seekh was also sensational.
The Haryali spiced potato and date samosa chaat was a sophisticated splash of flavour with gems of sweet pomegranate and earthy heat.
And the royal Bengal style wild Madagascar prawns were juicy, smoky and sadly devoured in the blink of an eye.
Next it was the battle of the curries. Warming up with the classic of creamy and mellow Kasturi butter chicken.
A contender for favourite dish was the Nizami baby aubergines with fat chillies and dried plums. Deeply rich with smokiness and sweetness I could eat it by the plateful (I didn't, I promise).
The Awadhi Raan slow roasted leg of Kentish lamb melted into its silky rich onion gravy. And finally the Amritsar Kadhai spiced paneer, pepper and spring onion added some crunch and a spice punch to the proceedings.
Feast kitchen-side at the intimate and exciting chef's table, feast in the private dining room for an occasion, or simply feast at Darbaar because it's a Monday and you really, really love a good curry.
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