…A little further afield but definitely worth the trip to West London is Flora Indica which has just launched a new menu featuring unusual dishes like spiced pulled duck cheela, pickled octopus and jerusalem artichoke flavoured with tamarind. Hearty curry dishes were satisfying as well with a slow cooked duck leg accompanied with potato and coconut sauce as Paul’s choice and monkfish and king prawn curry as mine.
The restaurant’s intriguing name is a tribute to a nineteenth-century book by the same name which catalogued thousands of exotic Indian plants, previously unknown in the UK. Flora Indica uses many of these plants and spices in their modern Indian menu and extensive list of botanical gins. The decor is as striking and unusal as the food, from the antique distillery pipes on the walls to the Harris tweed dining chairs. A bonus on the evening we dined was the excellent sound system featuring music by Didier, the charming manager/DJ who was playing his own tracks…
~ Joanne Shurvell for Forbes
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