London Curry Breakthrough
Later the owner told us what other Indian restaurants in the UK load into their curries. Try butter, salt, sugar, ghee, MSG and, as we feared, chicken essence and ( to complete the horror ) artificial coloring!
Okay, the restaurant that declines to load this poison onto your plates is Zayna at 25 New Quebec Street tel 44 (0) 20 7723 2229.
When we called in a few nights ago we again met the owner Riz Dar, very proud of how his Pakistani-North Indian restaurant has flourished since he switched careers, leaving electronics, and started grinding spices in the kitchen. On offer this night were mutton on the bone with ginger, onion, garlic, tomato and green chili and chicken shalmir – chicken breast stuffed with minced tenderloin chicken. And, he insists, still with none of the grotesque additives that are standard fare across the UK where curries are the national cuisine ( and where UK males are waddling around a stone heavier than they were in 1986 ).
Check their menu at http://www.zaynarestaurant.com.UK. It shows prices and emphasizes their free-range chicken and eggs.
We have searched London for the good curry. We came to believe it was a myth. Zayna shows it can be delivered and Helena has taken up Riz’ invitation to take some time in his kitchen and learn some tricks. When she dropped in recently she tasted lentil soup she declares the best ever.
You will find New Quebec Street just behind the Churchill Hotel.