Bombay Burrito – Angel

Reviewed on August 9th, 2014 by Dina

You know exactly what you are getting when you walk into Bombay Burrito. It is stated on the front door as ” fresh curry in a wrap”!  It actually took me back to my childhood days when we used to do family day trips and picnics in the park. The classic and tasty packed lunch that my parents would bring along for us would be potato curry with a stack of chapattis. These would be transformed into “beerus” which is basically a rolled chapatti filled with the curry!

In Bombay burrito, the counter menu board is divided into steps where you choose the meal, then the curry and finally the fillings and sauces. The great thing about Bombay Burrito is that they have made their curries healthy. They have replaced the heavy ghee and cream with yogurt and minimised their use of oil too.

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It had to be the Bombay Burrito and a mild Dhansak curry for me. The filling that was originally chosen was the grilled paneer. But then the temptation for the tandoori chicken was also there. The decision was made easy for me when the staff said that both fillings could be had in the one burrito. So it was a win win situation! All of the hot fillings of chana masala, grilled onions and pilau rice were packed into the burrito. These were then topped off with some raita and mango chutney together with lettuce, salsa and coriander.

The burrito was wrapped tightly in foil and given in a little red basket. There are poppadoms, chips and extra sauces available too. Bombay Burrito also offers tikkatacos which are mini sized burritos, salad bowls and curry bowls. On this occasion, no extras were had as I had the feeling that this one regular Bombay Burrito was going to be filling enough.

The burrito was absolutely delicious. The fresh flavours of the creamy Dhansak curry, sauces and all the other filling delights came together beautifully. Big cubes of grilled paneer, succulent tandoori chicken pieces and the chana masala were wonderful. It definitely was a satisfying “fresh curry in a wrap”!

To drink, the Fentimans Rose Lemonade was chosen. The pretty soft pink colour of this drink took my fancy. Unfortunately the taste was not to my liking. It had a slightly herbal and medicinal taste to it.

Bombay Burrito has red bar stool seating, tables and chairs and additional seating on the lower level. A quirky feature is that the chairs on the lower level are nicknamed after Bollywood actors. It was slightly chilly on the lower level.

The staff were friendly and gave lovely service with a smile. They also recommended which sauces and chutneys would work well in the burrito depending on the curry.

The good news is that Bombay Burrito is open till late on most evenings and has a late closing time on Friday and Saturday nights. This place is a great place to keep in mind if you are feeling peckish on the way home from a night out. Saying that, it is also a fabulous place for healthy delicious Indian burritos for the daytime too!

Bombay Burrito, 357 G0swell Road, Angel, London, EC1V 7JL

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sagar – Covent Garden

Reviewed on January 22nd, 2013 by Dina

When a friend came over from Europe in December, I got to see her briefly for an early evening catch up. But it was so short as time was a real factor. So I was happy that the next day both of us and her friend were free to do a relaxed Indian lunch in Covent Garden.

Sagar is a south Indian vegetarian restaurant. It has always looked busy whenever I have been past it. It made me wonder whether this was because of its central tourist location or if it was due to its food. It was nice to discover that it was more the latter.

Even though it was late lunchtime, the restaurant was busy and it was good that we had booked a table. The dining area is quite small although I am not sure if there is also an upper level. Light wooden tables and chairs matched with the light walls and flooring. Some of the tables are just that little bit too close together. The alcoves on the walls contained small statues.

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The staff were friendly and gave us quite attentive service. It was fairly easy to get their attention when we needed anything.

The Idli were steamed rice dumplings and came as a portion of two. They were a lot bigger than expected. The Idli were served with sambar and coconut chutney. The soft, pillow-like Idlis were delicious with the accompaniments.

The Special Upma was really moist and very moreish. It is usually made with semolina. Sagar’s Special Upma was made with the addition of fresh tomatoes, cashews, peas, coriander and this came with a spicy chutney.

Even though we had Idli for the starter, we still felt like dosas for the mains. My friend really wanted the Paper Masala Dosa as it is not readily available in her country of residence. The Paper Masala Dosa came as a huge crispy cone! It was lucky that we sat at a table for four people so that we had the space for it. The mashed potato, onion and carrot filling was served on the side together with sambar and chutney.

The other dosa that we had and it was easier to handle was the regular Masala Dosa. This was served as a folded triangle and came already filled with the potato, onions and carrots.

Both the dosas were made from rice and lentils. They were equally tasty and even though they were big, we managed to munch our way through them!

For a bit of variety, we also had some rice and curry. The Brinjal Bhajee was a great dish made with aubergine, red and green capsicums and tomatoes. The vegetables were chunky and the delicate spices brought the whole dish together. Instead of plain rice, we had the Lemon Rice. This rice was made with peas and lemon juice. Having yoghurt with curry always works well and it was good that we had Raita with the meal.

Sagar gave us good quality, fresh tasting food. They have some good lunchtime offers and also on their menu is classic Thalis which gives you a complete meal with all the different dishes!

Sagar, 31 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JS

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Woodlands – Hampstead

Reviewed on September 3rd, 2012 by Dina

It is not very often that my mum gets a chance to come down to London! So on this special occasion, I decided to take her out for some dosas! Dosas are thin pancakes made from ground lentils and rice, which are then fermented.

The first place that came to mind was the Woodlands restaurant. I knew that their speciality is dosas as well as other south Indian dishes. They also have north Indian dishes on the menu!

To start the meal, we had two colourful drinks! The freshly squeezed apple, carrot and ginger juice was pretty refreshing. The mango lassi was made with Alphonso mangoes and yoghurt. I am used to mango lassi having a thick consistency but this one was fairly thin. It was still enjoyable though!

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There were many starters on the menu that looked interesting but then we decided only to go for two, so that we would room for our main dosa meal! The waiter said that it would be better not to choose the idli for the starter if we were having dosas later. This was because they are made from the same ingredients of rice and lentils and they are also served with the same sauces as the dosa.

Taking that into account, we made the decision to have the Special Upma and the Paneer Lal Mirch. The Special Upma was a soft savoury semolina dish. It was delicately spiced and had peas, carrots and cashew nuts in it. It was presented as a dome topped with pomegranate seeds and a Mysore coconut chutney on the side.

The Paneer Lal Mirch was cubes of Indian cottage cheese with slices of red chillies and red peppers. It was a saucy dish with a sweet and sour flavour. The sauce had cooked onions and spring onions in it. The paneer cubes were of a good size and it was a good combination of flavours.

Now onto our main dosa meal that we had come especially for. Again, we took the recommendation from the waiter who said that the Mysore Masala Dosa was one of his favourites. This dosa had the classic potato filling but it was cooked with butter and came with a spicy red chutney. It was served folded into a triangle.

The other dosa that we had was the normal Masala Dosa. This was served as a long tube and was filled with potatoes, peas and onions. Both dosas were generously filled and had good sized chunks of potato in them. The dosas were served with sambar which is a lentil dipping sauce and also with coconut chutney.

The dosas really were great and did not disappoint us in any way. They both had a good taste and the combination with the fillings and the sauces and chutneys worked perfectly together.

Dessert had to be done and there were again lots of choice on the menu. The Kulfi Falooda was a nice way to end the meal. The slices of malai kulfi ice cream with the rose syrup took me right back to my childhood days when we used to have rose syrup milkshakes! The kulfi was topped with strands of vermicilli and nuts.

Woodlands was decorated with beige furniture and soft lighting. The restaurant felt clean and well maintained. Even though it is not a huge restaurant, it still feels fairly spacious.

The staff were more than happy to give recommendations when we asked them their opinion on the dishes. They were honest and if they did not know, then they went and asked their manager. The staff all gave such lovely service and were very attentive. They made us feel comfortable and very welcome and it seemed like they really valued our custom.

Dining at Woodlands was really great and it was even better that I got to spend the evening out with my mum! Nothing beats that!

Woodlands, 102 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DR

Rating: ★★★★½

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