After starting the blog with a flurry of activity in January, I haven’t updated it for a while! My excuse, nothing has really given me Goosebumps or inspired me…till now (Well that is my story anyway!!) I decided to take a wonder into Wembley and go back to my roots – Good old fashion vegetarian home cooking!
Whilst walking I stumbled upon a place called “Saravanaa Bhavan” which seemed to be buzzing with patrons. Although there was a lot to choose from, I ordered the Guajarati Thali which basically consists of a selection of various North Indian dishes. India’s answer to the tasting menu! It consists of khichdi and kadhi (rice and lentil dish with a chickpea gravy), Shaaks (Peas curry, Potato curry, Broad Beans curry), chaas (butter milk drink), dhal and dhokla (derived from a fermented batter of rice and chickpeas) and of course rotli (indian bread). All this finished off with Gulab Jamun (Indian sweet consisting of a ball of deep-fried paneer boiled in a sugar syrup).
Each bite was nostalgic, I was taken back to the food I was accustomed to growing up. Admittedly back then I took the sheer delight of this type of cooking for granted but there is nothing like food to send you down memory lane. Each dish has its own uniqueness to it, each its own rightful place on the Thali. Definitely worth a visit. Not quite as good as my mums but the cloests I could get to in London anyway!
At £7.95 for all that, definitely good value! And with all that food you won’t need to eat dinner!
Other dishes at the restaraunt…
I am always sceptical when I have to buy a ticket for dinner but I was pleasantly surprised by the carousel, a pop up restaurant in the heart of Marylebone. Tom Ryalls is a class act. He uses wonderful talent to take you on a journey inspired by his travels through Spain and Japan
Seven delightful dishes masterfully crafted with different textures and flavours. Admitted with the wine flowing very freely I kind of forgot what was on the menu. Thankfully I took a photo of the menu!!
Each dish leaves you asking yourself, what is he going to dish up next! My favourite dish was definitely the salt cod, blood orange and Jerusalem artichoke, followed closely by the confit pork belly, quince and a japanese mustard. As one of my friends remarked after “You had me at pork belly!”
Great food, awesome friends, finished off with copious bottles of wine. A great evening!!
Now what more could one ask for!
There are certain moments where you get a surge of energy and you get a tingling feeling that subconsciously results in the nodding of the head. Passion is what I’m told that feeling is. For me this happens whenever I travel, see a plate of food that is visually beautiful and seduces your taste buds, watch or play sport. “Happiness is only real when shared” as the quote goes hence the start of this blog, to share this feeling with friends in the virtual world.
Everything about this place transports you to this medieval world. From the 3 metre cast iron Bear that greets you at the entrance, to the banquet styled setting of the tables and benches. It gives you an undeniable sense that you are in for something out of this world, fit for royalty. This place does not disappoint. I channelled my primal instinct in anticipation of an epic food experience.
Their speciality “The Beast Experience” is definitely the way to go. A combination of King Crab, Rib Eye steak, Veggies and Salad finished off with a dessert. As if that wasn’t enough starters duly made its way to the table consisting of pickled onions, artichokes and cheese. I’m not generally a fan of onion on its own, but they managed to balance of the sharpness of the onion with the sweetness of the pickle. The cheese (drizzling balsamic is a must) and the artichokes were like the calm before the storm of the food that was to arrive.
First the Norwegian Red King Crab. Seeing this massive creature in front of you is daunting and leaves you thinking “How the hell am I going to get that in my belly!” but soon all is forgotten as you tuck into the tender and flavoursome crab! The lightly truffled sauce is a superb accompaniment to the crab. It adds that that extra punch, and burst of delightfulness on the palate.
Next the main event – Rib Eye Steak. The Nebraskan plains is described by some as the epicentre of the world in terms of beef production. A grand statement, but one bite and all resistance to this statement crumbles. The beef is perfectly marbled. When the quality of the beef is that good, you don’t need to do much else to it. Just grill to your desire, and let in melt in your mouth, singing as it tantalises your taste buds!
It is larger than it looks
Finished off with a deceivingly light cheesecake, a fitting end to an epic culinary experience!!!
All good things do come with a price though but well worth the £75 for the Beast Experience.
The Bib! Essential for the beast experience