Veeraswamy Indian Restaurant
|The "Orange Room" at the Veeraswamy Indian restaurant near Piccadilly.|
Veeraswamy's dinner menu offers a variety of starters, ranging from Tandoori macchli ke tikka (chunky cod pieces marinated in tumeric) to plates of assorted vegetarian or non-vegetarian appetizers. I tried the Afghani kebab, which consisted of spiced chicken grilled over charcoal in a clay oven. It was good, though not as spectacular as my tablemate's huge bowl of Mussels Moilee (fresh mussels in an aromatic coconut and ginger sauce), which looked like a meal in itself.
For the main course, I chose Sea Bass Pollichaddu, or seabass filets marinated in red kerala spices and panfried in a banana leaf. It may have been the best fish preparation that I've ever tasted. (Srinivas, our outstanding waiter, asked if I'd prefer to have the spices toned down, but I opted for maximum heat and lived to tell the tale.)
Some of the other intriguing main dishes were Malabar Lobster Curry, Lamb Xacutti ("slow-cooked in a west coast blend of twenty spices and coconut"), and Raan Baluchi ("shank of lamb marinated in a special blend of spices, kashmiri chilli, rose petals, baked in the tandoor"). Vegetarians could choose a Thali consisting of "khumb palak, okra do piazza, khattey aloo, dal, raita, naan, rice, [and] vegetable samosa." Suggestion: Be sure to request a side order of Naan (a tasty Indian bread), and consider ordering Dal ("3 types of lentils tempered with spices") or one of the other choices from the vegetables menu.
Veeraswamy is an upscale restaurant with an à la carte dinner menu. For current prices, see the Web link below.
Location and hours
Veeraswamy is on the Mezzanine Floor of Victory House at 99 Regent Street near Piccadilly Circus in central London. Look for a doorman in Indian costume. Hours are:
|Monday-Friday:||12-2:30 pm, 5:30-11:30 pm|
|Saturday:||12:30-3 pm, 5:30-11:30 pm|
|Sunday:||12:30-3 pm, 5:30-10:30 pm|
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