I was very lucky, Mr K offered to pay for it as a late birthday present. He did also get me a light and tripod for food photography but a lovely meal is a definite bonus.
The first thing to comment on is how well we were treated. The service there is impeccable and we spoke to the husband and wife (Rebecca) front of house team and we even met the chef at the end of the meal.
We opted for an Indian red to accompany our meal, an excellent addition. It had the right level of warmth and was easy to drink - we made our way through most of two bottles. I should mention that on a tasting menu it's probably worth stocking up on water as well as wine as it can be pretty easy to get a little bit tipsy as you get great little tastes of everything over the three hour period you're there. Not that I would ever do that. No, no... all about sharing the important information, me.
So, to the most important element of the review - the food. First up on the tasting menu was this spinach and coconut dal - a hot palate cleanser. It's kind of strange drinking a warm drink through a straw but that was quickly overcome by the taste. Just what you'd expect from a clean dal but just a little creamier. It was the kind of recipe that tastes effortless but clearly was worked on. There was also a bit of a citrus note to it.
Then we received our starter and I was so very pleased to receive the starter I had last time we visited - 'India 2035'. This is made up of three tasty bites - a cheese samosa, aloo chat and paneer in an Indo-Chinese sauce. This is Also featuring on the plate were edible smears - a mint yoghurt, tamarind and a beetroot sauce. Small garnishes that both added to the visual aspect of the dish but were also delicious. The Indo-Chinese sauce was hot hot hot, the samosa crispy and filled with local cheese and the chat an interesting mix of sesame sticks and chickpeas. Who could complain about that?
The next course was delivered on a skewer and featured mushroom, cauliflower and potato cooked in tandoori sauces. Mr K wasn't very good about checking on what these were and despite asking (and being helpfully informed) I didn't manage to get all of the details down. My favourite by far though was the mushroom - cooked in a black pepper and yoghurt marinade. I love black pepper based sauce and this was so fiery. What was even better is that Mr K doesn't like mushroom, so I got two!
After this came an extremely cold but surprisingly creamy lemon sorbet to cleanse the palate.