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Roti King – Euston

Reviewed on April 17th, 2015 by Dina

Down a random side street near Euston is the place to get authentic Malaysian and Singaporean street food. Don’t let the look and the size of the eatery put you off in any way. Two signs, one of Roti King and the other of Euston Chinese Takeaway mark the site.

Roti King is nothing fancy and it is all pretty basic. A very small eating area, together with the chef making the rotis at the front by the entrance is pretty much what Roti King is. Queues of diners going out of the door and up the stairs to street level eagerly wait for a table so that they can have some of the roti and curries. The place is so small that tables are shared between diners and there is a quick turnaround with food and customers. Quality is no way compromised though.

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Flaky, buttery, crispy, hot rotis are made by the skilled chef. It is mesmerising to see the Roti King chef at work. You can watch his skills from the covered glass area. Everything happens front of house, from the roti making to the washing of the dishes.

The way the rotis are made are first the chef flattens the dough ball fairly thin. Then through a series of flips and turns, he makes it paper thin. With some additional folds, rotations and more flattening, he makes it a round shape ready for the hot plate. After the roti is cooked, back it goes onto the stainless silver work surface to be scrunched up. And there you have it, the Roti King has worked his magic and the roti is ready to be served with your curry.

Two dishes were chosen for this weeknight meal. One was Roti Telor which was the roti with egg in the middle. This was had with the Dahll Curry. The Dahll Curry was a combination of a dahl with a curry base which gave it a wonderful distinctive moreish flavour. The roti was perfect to dip into the tasty, mild Dahll Curry.

The second dish was the Roti Canai with Curry Fish. Fried pieces of fish in a slightly spicy sauce accompanied the plain rotis. Again a wonderful and delicious dish.

Roti King provides pure comfort food. As the size of the curries are not huge, you don’t feel overly full. A bigger portion of curry could have easily been eaten. There are also some noodle, soup and rice dishes on the menu which looked tempting when other customers had ordered them. If you have a sweet tooth, then sweet rotis are also on the menu. But we did not have room for them, as we were happily full from our dose of the savoury rotis.

If you want to know exactly what Roti Canai is, the menu states:

“Roti canai is a type of Indian- influenced flatbread found in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. It is often sold in Mamak stalls in Malaysia. It is known as roti prata in Southern Malaysia and Singapore, and is similar to the Indian Kerala porotta”.

Roti King is closed on Sundays and also they have a rest time between 3pm and 5pm on the other six days. It is always best to get there early to avoid the queues.

Roti King, 40 Doric Way, Euston, London, NW1 1LH

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Moeders – Amsterdam

Reviewed on March 20th, 2015 by Dina

A whole day was spent out at the world’s second largest flower garden, Keukenhof in Lisse. Even though the tulip fields were not awash with so much colour as the tulips were late blooming, there was still plenty to see at this Garden of Europe.

Gorgeous displays and many varieties of tulips and other flowers painted the conservatories. Our luck was in as we also got to watch the annual flower parade pass by Keukenhof as it travelled its 40km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Float after float of scenes made from fresh flowers together with a marching band brought the streets to life.

After such a beautiful day out, on our return to Amsterdam, we still decided to go to our planned restaurant Moeders. As it was a fair walk from central Amsterdam, we had to have some of the most delicious chips from Manneken Pis to munch on while we walked. Any excuse to have tasty chips from this award winning fries institution. Manneken Pis do chips with various sauces but nothing beats the classic ketchup and mayonnaise.

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Moeders means mothers and this restaurant is dedicated to mums everywhere. There are endless pictures of mums covering all the walls and even the windowsills have framed pictures of diner’s mums. Even though my mum couldn’t be there that evening, an equally special time was had dining here with my dad.

There is something quite quirky and homely about Moeders from the mismatched plates and glasses to the decor. The staff were really friendly and gave us food suggestions. They even made a couple of dishes specially for us. The atmosphere was relaxed and it was all about the comfort food this evening.

Two soups and two hotchpotch dishes were ordered. The soup of the day was mustard and leek. The other soup had to be the traditional Dutch green pea soup. This soup was made more filling as it had bacon and sausage. It even gave the name of the butcher (Loumen) who had made the meats. Both of the soups came in little casserole like dishes with lids and were equally as tasty.

Hotchpotch is a Dutch dish made of mashed potato, vegetables and meat. As we opted for the vegetarian version, the staff made us one with carrot and onion and the other with endive. The portions were fairly big of the creamy potato combined with the vegetables even though they were side dishes. The endive one was slightly bitter.

Soup and mashed potato made for a filling meal but there was room for dessert. Moeders does a dessert trio called the Dutch Delight. These are a mini curd, small pancakes and “speculaas” ice cream. The mini curd was like a yogurt topped with fruit compote. Fluffy pancakes went perfectly with the spiced biscuit ice cream.

Moeders is a wonderful restaurant to go to with delicious home cooked traditional Dutch food. It has a real charm about the place. A few facts about the restaurant are written on the menu.

The “did you know” caption on the Moeders menu states:

“photographs of mothers are still welcome;

all plates, cutlery and glasses are unmatched because people who attended the opening brought them along;

if we know in advance that you come with your mother on her birthday, we have a surprise for her; mother’s day is every year a happening.”

Moeders, Rozengracht 251, 1016 SX, Amsterdam

Rating: ★★★★☆

Guglee – Finchley Road

Reviewed on February 22nd, 2015 by Dina

After a spot of shopping and browsing, it was originally planned to go to the movies. But as there was nothing enticing on, dinner out happened instead. Even though the O2 Centre has a few eateries, we ventured further down the road to Guglee.

Guglee’s bright orange sign states Modern Indian Cuisine. Inside, vibrant colourful canvases of rickshaws and the Taj Mahal decorated the walls. Bollywood music played in the background. A gold metal menu contained the many dishes and it took us a while to decide what to order as we were spoilt for choice.

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The Veggie Platter was what we started with as its variety of snacks also included street food. Mashed up vegetables with a crunchy outer was the Almond Roll. The Mini Masala Dosa was a classic with its thin crepe stuffed full of potatoes. A crispy puri filled with tamarind chutney, mint chutney, chickpeas, potatoes, yogurt and sev made up the Sev Puri. Both of the Samosa and Spinach Onion Bhaji were tasty. All of the items of the Veggie Platter were delicious with their sweet, sour, tangy and spiced flavours.

Our feast at Guglee continued with two curries, rice and roti. The Yellow Tadka Dal was creamy and the flavour of the cumin came through. The Veggie Veggie 5 curry had carrots, courgette, green beans, babycorn and broccoli in a tomato and onion based sauce. This curry was slightly spicy.

A wholemeal flaky Tandoori Roti and Mushroom Rice completed the meal. It was a nice change to have the Mushroom Rice instead of regular plain rice. There were also cumin seeds in the rice.

The staff gave us nice service. They did not bother us whilst we were having our meal yet they were attentive. They gave us extra cutlery and the like when we asked for it and made sure our table was cleaned between our courses.

Guglee made for a great evening out with thoroughly delicious and fresh tasting Indian food.

Guglee, 7 New College Parade, London, NW3 5EP

Rating: ★★★★☆

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