So we were meant to go here last week but the place was closed as the owner was getting married (congratulations if you’re reading this!). Mother and daughter team Nabeela and Saima have been running this little gem for 3 years in South East London, Brockley.
It’s a minutes walk from the station and offers some wonderful and fresh home cooking, these dishes will show you the authentic roots from which some of ye old familiar ruby murrays hail from.
Honestly this may be the best lassi I’ve ever had. I’ve never been their biggest fan as I usually end up sounding like Goldilocks – “this one’s too sweet…” “this one’s not sweet enough…” – but ladies and gents this one is “juuuuust right”. The difference? Not too sweet but with a good flavour of mango coming through, complimented by rose and pistachio. It’s genius.
Dishes are available from a small menu which is on rotation – so unfortunately we’ve missed out this time on the keema curry and the keer (rice pudding) which is my fave.
I think someone may have been looking forward to that keema.
We were both starving so opted to go all out and get a curry each with rice and homemade rotis to share with gajar ka achaar – homemade lemon and carrot pickle and raita to join the party.
Honestly you could share a curry with rice or roti easily. Well. Unless you’re with me in which case I’ll be subjecting you to what I like to call “roti tax” or “you weren’t looking and I struck!”
The murgh masala consisted of slow cooked chicken falling off the bone and butternut squash. I know some people have a problem with chicken on the bone but I honestly don’t understand why when it’s miles better than boneless. Don’t be afraid of it.
I’m a keen cook but have yet to marry any meat curries with anything but potatoes (apart from peas in keema) so the butternut squash intrigued me. As a tomato based dish I found this a little sweet for my tastes but still well spiced.
Aloo gosht is a fave of mine – one I’ve yet to master but mum will make when asked… by my brother… her favourite. The lamb was beautiful and tender but my only teeny tiny sadness was that I found the potatoes to be a little firm. Now honestly that’s just my personal preference and I’m sure there are people out there who’ll say the potatoes should be firm, and when they’re not they break away into the curry and they’re right. But a girl’s entitled to her potato preferences.
Now like I said this is a menu on rotation so keer was off the table but we did have gajar halwa and Tony’s usual pistachio kulfi (honestly if it’s on the menu, he’s having it) ended with a chai and ginger and mint tea.
Now. I’m going to tell you a secret. You must promise not to disown me but I’m not a big fan of chai. I always find it too milky. So the mint and ginger was just perfect for me.
All in all a lovely meal – homemade and from the heart.
4 out of 5 noms.