Friday, September 12, 2008

Newington Green Gem ... Suruchi at 82 Mildmay Park

J and I have eaten at this spot at least 4 times and taken away 2 times in less than 3 months. That's pretty damm good considering we were out of town for probably 16 days of those days. Based on those stats, do I really need to write a review? I don't think so, but I'll outline the highlights:
  • only 5 minute walk from our house (perfect when we are knackered at the end of the week, but still want to feel like we've gone "out")
  • the slightly surly maitre'd - J thinks he is just serious (I'm not sure)
  • the amazing recommendations the surly maitre'd makes
  • the food rocks - forget your normal butter chicken or sag paneer (but those are great) instead go for the surly man's recommendations
  • the hospital green decor
  • the crazy music - psychedelic prog-rock meets bollywood
  • the superb food (did I already say that?)
  • the expansive back covered garden in case it rains (which of course is rare in London
  • the spectacular food
  • the chocolate squares with the branded Suruchi labels with your bill
  • the bill!!!!!! (we have never spent more than £27 and have always left FULL of food and drink)
I ask you please please please, if you live anywhere close to Newington Green, Stoke Newington or Highbury & Islington, visit Suruchi at 82 Milmay Park for a meal. I ask because sadly they are often rather empty. I want them to survive and prosper because we think they serve the best Indian in London and being selfish we want them to live on.

Hey, what do 2 Canadians know?

PS I wanted to link to the Suruchi website but turns out the url on the chocolate square ( doesn't really exist .... got to love the illusion they're trying to create.
Update: They do have a website. It is just not as it appears on the chocolate.


Ere said...

Damn! I wish you'd known about it while we were there! Indian food is, hands down, my favourite. I wish I liked all the healthy options but, sadly, my philosophy when it comes to Indian is, "More ghee, please!"

Another good reason for us to come back and see you....

BP and I were commiserating yesterday about how much we miss you.

Anonymous said...

I quite agree. I used to live nearby and the last time I went to Suruchi, in spring 2008, the food was as great as ever. Definitely better than your average Indian restaurant.