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We headed to Fulham in London to try out family-owned Pure Indian Cooking restaurant, who let us try some food during a late working supper. This is what we thought.
Pure Indian Cooking
Pure Indian Cooking is easily located on Fulham High Street, close to Putney Bridge. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with friendly, calming service at Pure Indian Cooking throughout our service.
The interior design of the restaurant was the confusing collection of random artworks on the walls, alongside singular paisley print on the far wall – overall rather incoherent. There was also a wall-mounted wine rack that was precariously placed, though maybe that is more a reflection on our anxiety of us walking into it. Looking past the choice of artwork and our own worries, the food menus have a lot to offer.
We started the Sharing Board (£16), which consisted of tandoori paneer & vegetables, chilli fried squid, spinach salad, curried cashews, methi malai chicken tikka, and a seekh (lamb) kebab. With tender, moist meat that was perfectly portioned this starter wet our appetites for the main course.
For main courses, we chose the Venison steak (£17) and Mangalorean chicken (£14) with a side of Saffron rice (£3.50) and a Peshawari naan (£3.50) – I am aware the latter is more traditionally a breakfast item, but it has become a traditional compulsory purchase every time I visit an Indian restaurant, in the same way as purchasing a packet of Percy Pigs on every trip to M&S. The venison was very tender with a marinade of star anise and nutmeg adding an extra layer of flavour, not competing with the already strong game-y taste of the meat. The Mangalorean, almost glowing with colour from the chilies and spices, was lightly spiced offset by the sweetness of coconut.
Although full we were nonetheless tempted by dessert, so opted for the Masala chai chocolate fondant, and the Badaam ka halwa and poached cherries, both served with vanilla ice-cream (and both £7). Whilst the chocolate fondant was perfumed with chai flavours, unfortunately it was entirely baked and nothing left melting (literal translation of ‘fondant’) in the middle. The almond Badaam ka halwa with cherries was a delicious combination, that would be enjoyed by anyone who likes a Bakewell tart.
If you’re looking for the latest Instagram-worthy venue, Pure Indian Cooking is not that. What diners will find however is an unpolished diamond – a menu that won’t disappoint but the venue does need a little TLC. Savoury dishes are well executed using fresh food bringing vibrant flavours to the table in every dish at very reasonable prices. For the 3 courses, the cost was about £34 per person plus drinks and service.
Pure Indian Cookery is located at 67 Fulham High Street, London, SW6 3JJ
For more information, to order online (for locals) or to book a table, visit pureindiancooking.com