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Jaipur in Uccle

Posted by rachelinbxl on February 20, 2013

Previous posts will attest to my addiction to Indian food, and my sorrow at finding a poor selection in Brussels (well, I’m a Brit, I have high standards). There is one right near my office that I have never tried, however, and a group of colleagues and I set out to rectify this one Friday. One colleague had already tried it a few times and had been satisfied with the food – nothing amazing…. but good. Reviews on the websites told of very long waits for deliveries, and inaccurate order content. I was rather apprehensive.

We went at lunchtime and were the only people in the restaurant. The greeting was slow to come and very cool. We did not feel welcomed. The menus were haphazard (mine was almost empty, I had to share with my neighbour). They took a long time to come and take our orders and were rather uninformative on the fixed menu of the day (chicken tikka masala according to the blackboard outside). Orders placed, and drinks delivered, we settled down a bit more. We waited almost an hour for food. During this time we saw 2 deliveries leave and pondered calling in our order to see if we could get it faster! When the food finally arrived, it did not all arrive together. One colleague had taken the menu and got her curry but no rice. This took an extra 10 minutes to arrive, so we shared out other rice to compensate. A friend and I were sharing 3 ‘side dishes’ and the last one came so much later, we had finished the first two and most of the naan. No apologies were offered.

Naan bread

Naan bread

All that said.. what about the food. Well, these are the naan. Not bad, but not great.

Aubergine curry

Aubergine curry

This is the aubergine curry we had, which was pleasantly spiced, tomatoey and fresh.

Mushroom curry

Mushroom curry

The mushrooms with curry leaves was a creamy delight – my favourite dish at the table. Nothing was very spicy, most of the sauces were too sweet and the whole meal felt unsatisfying due to the long wait and the lousy service. I’m afraid we did not tip and I will not be going back. Maybe a delivery… but I’ll order 1 hour before I want to eat!

Jaipur
Ave de Fre
1180 Uccle

Food: B-
Atmosphere: C – more atmosphere in a takeaway joint!
Service: D
Price: B
Languages: French, English

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All you can eat Curry

Posted by rachelinbxl on April 15, 2012

I have posted in the past about my difficulty to find satisfactory curry in the ‘Gourmet Capital of Europe’.  See Desperately seeking curry and Indian Welcome.  I had been meaning to try Sawad and Anarkali for a while. This post is about the latter, which was easier to get for for a few friends who decided to join me for curry.

I hear they used to serve a la carte.  It is now exclusively a buffet restauarant. The lunchtime buffet is just 12 euros, and in the evenings it is 18 euros. There is a reduced selection available mid-week for a bit less, I believe, but we were there on a Friday. The 18 euro buffet price includes a dessert and a tea or coffee… beers are 3-4 euros extra, as are lassis. I had a beer, so I can’t comment on the quality of the lassi.
The service was a little patchy. I arrived first of the party and since we hadn’t reserved I went inside to squat a table for 4. The waiter brought me poppadoms and a plate with various dips and chutneys, but didn’t ask if I wanted a drink. 2 more guests arrived and he was still nowhere in sight. The fourth arrived and she hardly got her coat off before he wanted to know what we wanted to drink!

One friend almost immediately spilled his beer over the table, the poppadoms and the chutneys. The waiter could only supply serviettes to clear up the mess, but was decent enough to supply a spare beer. He did not clear away the beer soaked napkins or plates until the end of the meal, however.
While we were on our first tour of the buffet, 4 legs of chicken appeared at the table (no idea which one this was, it was slightly spiced grilled meat). A naan appeared shortly afterwards. It was an excellent naan, hot, buttery and fluffy… but getting another proved to be impossible. Good thing there was plenty of other things to try.
I tested the lady’s fingers (okra): OK, not too spicy.. I’m still not an okra fan
The chicken with mango and pistachio was in a creamy coconut sauce. Tasty, but only in small quantities.
The tikka masala chicken was made with tandoori chicken (breast roasted in a very red marinade. The sauce was a bit liquid and not balanced enough on the various spices for my taste).
The lamb vindaloo was my first attempt at the spiciest curry on the menu. It was spicy. The first mouthful felt fine, the second was still flavourful (though no way to detect the cardamoms that were floating in the sauce and were listed as a prime ingredient), the third mouthful was with lots of sauce.. and I suffered afterwards. Burning lips and throat. Thanks goodness for rice, naan and beers!
The pilau rice with cardamoms was fair, but I was trying to restrict the starch intake to be able to test the curries
The daal was pleasant, not very spicy. The chana (chick pea) curry was also good, with bay leaves. I enjoyed the cold chick pea salad more though – more coriander.
The mixed vegetable curry was not too spicy, but the vegetables were inevitably a little overcooked. The vegetable samosa was a highlight for me. I couldn’t find the pakora/bhajis that were on the menu, which is probably good as I adore those and would probably have truly overeaten!
As it was, after 2 visits to the buffet, we were all sated and couldn’t contemplate trying any more, though there were still flavours left to explore (after the vindaloo, not much was registering though).

We didn’t wait long for him to come and ask if we wanted dessert. I ordered kulfi, and one of the party tried simple ice cream. We all took chai; I checked it was made with milk, but forgot to ask if it was masala chai (spiced) or plain. It turned out to be plain, and made without sugar, rather unusually.. but quite pleasantly less rich after all the food. The kulfi was good.. cardamom and pistachio and a bright green colour. The chocolate ice cream came drowned in cream and with little pieces of the candy that you find in the Indian digestive spices chewing kit – which came with the bill and that I enjoyed. This was the first time I have been served that in Belgium.

All in all, for 21 euros, I felt that the choice and the quality was satisfactory. Next time I am craving curry I may just stick to one flavour! But next time, I may have to test Ashok’s (see below).

I never know how to photograph buffets. Does one walk along, opening each bronze coloured bain marie and photographing the content? Or does one take a picture of a mixed plate and try to identify the mixed content? This time, despite having my camera with me, I opted not to take pictures. Buffets are eaten with the taste buds, not the eyes. No plate with a mix of curries looks appealing. So excuse the lack of photos on this blog.

Anarkali
Rue Longue-Vie 33 – 1050 Brussels
Food: B
Atmosphere: C
Service: B-
Price: B+
Languages: French, English

Cycling back from the japanese supermarket Tagawa today, I went past Ashok’s, which I hadn’t heard of. Another to put on my list of places to test! Perhaps Brussels will make it to a good curry this Brusselicious year!

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Desperately seeking curry.

Posted by rachelinbxl on August 12, 2010

In my continuing search for a good Indian in Brussels, I enlisted the help of CouchSurfer foodlovers. A group of 7 of us tested the Bombay Inn on Tuesday. A few of our party were late to arrive, so the restaurant (which is small) filled up while we waited (and drooled over the menu). I highly recommend booking if you want a seat. It is near Rue des Bouchers and people flee to the side street to avoid the tourist traps… but is this just another one??
The waiter (and owner?) took our order quite quickly once the group was complete. It was complicated, with some of us choosing set menus and some of us selecting dishes. The restaurant was busy and he was alone, so we weren’t expecting speedy service. After 30mins he lit the candles in the food heaters and we got excited. We waited another half an hour for our food. Not only were people who arrived after us served before us, but when we asked about the delay, he informed us that ‘everybody is waiting that long’. Not the best customer management.
Still, when the food arrived, we were quite impressed. 2 of our company had been before, so we had fairly high expectations and I was not disappointed.

Chicken Bhoona

Chicken Bhoona

My chicken bhoona had a lovely heat to it, without destroying delicate flavours. The Pillou rice was devoured the minute the plate got to our table, so I have no photo, but it was served with cardamoms, raisins, cashew nuts and dried onion on top. We ordered more, then cancelled the order, but since it had already been prepared he gave it to us for free.
My fellow diners tested the madras (very hot), the rogan josh (a bit too tomatoey and not hot enough), the king prawn malai (very good, coconut cream sauce), and a spinach and cheese vegetarian dish (Palak Paneer). The naan (shown below) were really excellent, and a side lentil dish (daal) was also excellent.

Naan

Naan

The menus have starters included (which meant most of our party were not dying of hunger). they also get a tea at the end. He got mixed up on the teas too, so we got an extra free mint tea. I ordered Kulfi (coconut ice cream with cardamom and mango coulis). This was excellent and filled the small hole left from the food (portions definitely not as large as chez Kohinoor).
All in all, I enjoyed my evening. Its a small place, so feels intimate and noisy, and I’m told that waiting is part of the traditional indian experience.
However, I am also told that Sawad and Anarkali are both better… so watch this space!

Bombay Inn
Rue de la Fourche 38
1000 Brussels

Food: A-
Atmosphere: B
Service: B
Price: B
Languages: French, English

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Indian welcome?

Posted by rachelinbxl on August 12, 2010

Being British means that Indian food is as natural to me as fish and chips. I would not try to find good fish and chips in Brussels, so I had not tested any Indian restaurants. However, I have finally booked a trip to India this year and thought I should train my taste buds up a bit… so I started the search for a decent place. I actually went to Kohinoor back in June, but have been lagging on the blog. Kohinoor had good recommendations online and in newspaper clippings in their window. I don’t think the reviewers had gone in summer. We were the only people in the restaurant (though a couple turned up to collect the take away they had ordered). The waiter quite clearly felt he had better things to do than take care of us and I have never felt so much ‘in the way’ in a restaurant. That said, the food was good, the servings were very generous, and he packed up our leftovers to go. A restaurant I would recommend for takeaway!


The chicken korma was creamy, and served with good rice. The naan wasnt crispy enough for me… a bit too chewy.

The lamb biryani also had good rice, was spicy enough and had other veggies in it, as well as the vegetables in sauce on the size, that were very good. I ate all the veggies and sauce and so only took the rice home with me, but that was a good snack on my train to amsterdam the next day.

The restaurant is large and has an outdoor terrace. maybe I should try again on a popular day… and there is another branch of the resto that someone said was better….
to be continued…
Kohinoor
Rue Vanderkindere 232
1180 Uccle

Food: B
Atmosphere: C
Service: C
Price: B
Languages: French, English

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Indian curries in Uganda

Posted by pieguybxl on April 6, 2009

haandi

While we’re continuing to mention good food outside Belgium, let’s bring up this little gem in Kampala.  This Indian restaurant off Kampala Road serves up excellent versions of rich curries and other spicy meat and vegetable dishes.  At the time we ate here, we were thinking about the lack of good Indian restaurants around Brussels and how strange it was that we sated the craving in Africa.  Next time you’re in Kampala (via Entebbe through KLM or Brussels Airlines), stop off at Haandi.  They had much more spice than many places in Brussels.

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