The food always impresses at Sauma, my pick as one of the top Indian restaurants around the traps, and our recent lunch did nothing to dissuade me from that opinion. The food is well turned out –the spices integrated and complementing each other and the ingredients, the dining area nicely fitted out and the waiters welcoming.
One of the must haves I think is the pan puri – a good sized fried and puffed puri served with coriander, cumin, tamarind, mint and chilli – pour the sauce in and in one bite demolish it – excellent and a perfect aperitif!
Then we got into our other dishes – an excellent seafood curry – full of fish, prawns, clams, squid and mussels, cooked in a creamy, tomato and chilli based Madras style sauce, with a little bit of chilli heat to spark the taste buds. This is a pretty substantial serve so we were happy to accompany it with a couple of salads.
The cauliflower and chickpea salad also had tomatoes, pickled cucumber and greens – yoghurt sauce splashed over it. Refreshing and I am sure wholesome!
A plate of mixed greens with coriander and chilli vinaigrette rounded out our meal – oh and rice of course and naturally a very enjoyable garlic naan – the breads here are excellent.
Mr Mick rosé was our choice of beverage and as always hit the spot, aromatic and crisp, well suited to accompany the spice of India.
Once again our opinion of Sauma was vindicated – top notch Indian cuisine – and simply one of the best around.