Ushna

Excellent Indian food served with a view of the Grand Mosque

We’re always happy to see dishes we haven’t heard of at an Indian restaurant. It normally means the place is authentic, and that we’re in for an exciting and enjoyable meal.

We spend a while perusing the extensive menu, but the tasty amuse bouche of fried potato, yoghurt and chutney, as well as  the piles of popadoms and pickle tray, ensure that we’re not too ravenous or desperate to order.

We’re impressed by the fact that the canalside restaurant only uses non-endangered fish, and by the time we’re working away through our starter of the Ushna chaat platter (featuring crispy potato cakes with spicy chickpeas, pani puri filled with sweet yoghurt, dumplings in yoghurt, onion pakodis and filled pastries) we’ve already  experienced some of the best Indian food we’ve had in a long time.

Next we try a large bowl of creamy dhal makhani, which is the chefs specialty. It’s rich and absolutely beautiful, and we also go for the chicken chettinad, a south Indian dish we haven’t tried before. It’s lovely but verging on almost too spicy for us, so we wouldn’t recommend it if you like mild curries.

Our side of vegetable biryani is enormous, and our aimiable server insists on going to the extra effort of breaking open the bread lid and dishing it out for us.

The outdoor terrace is a lovely place for a meal, and we can’t fault anything about it.

WHAT IS IT...
Excellent Indian food served with a view of the Grand Mosque

WHY GO...
To try authentic dishes you’ve never heard of before, and for portions so huge you’ll almost certainly be taking home a doggy bag

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