Romford Indian restaurant Caraway Lounge transports reporters to streets of Delhi

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 May 2017

Romford Recorder reporters Hayley Anderson, left, and Ann-Marie Abbasah at the Caraway Lounge. Picture: Ellena Cruse

Romford Recorder reporters Hayley Anderson, left, and Ann-Marie Abbasah at the Caraway Lounge. Picture: Ellena Cruse

Ellena Cruse

From the painstakingly hand carved entrance to the plush dark and decadent interior, walking through the doors of the Caraway Lounge is like being transported to another time and place.

Garlic mushrooms prepared with garlic, spring onions and a special sauce. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah Garlic mushrooms prepared with garlic, spring onions and a special sauce. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

My colleague, reporter Hayley Anderson, and I decided to sample the delights of the restaurant for a midweek treat.

Neither of us had been to the restaurant in North Street, Romford, and were pleasantly surprised.

Restaurant owner and chef Ramesh Jain, 40, moved from Delhi to London to share his knowledge of good food.

“I had high hopes,” he said.

“The food I saw [in restaurants] was not authentic. I wanted to do proper Indian food.”

Ramesh opened his first restaurant in Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, in 2007 and the branch in Romford last year.

He cooks the food himself blending traditional flavours with modern twists, in a classic east meets west way.

“I believe food has to be tasty, nutritious and wholesome, we kept that [in cuisine served at the restaurants],” he continued.

For starters, Hayley and I ordered garlic mushrooms served with spring onions and a special sauce, and soya and chilli duck with pakchoi.

For mains, a delicious lamb cooked in a creamy spinach sauce with pilau rice and mushroom, and a lamb korma.

“I thought the food was really nice and tasty,” said Hayley.

“The atmosphere was really friendly, it transported me from Romford to the streets of new Delhi.

“I would love to go back again and try more of the lovely food.”

Ramesh’s favourite dish to cook is raan boti alishan.

“It’s a whole leg of lamb,” he explained.

“We cook it overnight on a low flame then it is shredded and served in a special sauce. It melts in the mouth.”

For people who are thinking of somewhere new dine out Ramesh adds: “Come and have a taste yourself. People are happy here.

“If you like it tell others, if you don’t tell us.

“We have our regular standard [of food] but will cook food according to the customers’ taste.”

For more information on the Caraway Lounge or to book a table call 01708 755717.

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