A right royal buffet

May 6, 2008

 

We were at the Mirch Masala restaurant Sunday buffet. Two blonde, bearded uncles. Aunt Madge, fresh off a congested motorway. And me with my quasi Urdu and gora husband.

As we settled into our crisp onion bhajis, I let out a gasp. I had suddenly remembered my recent brush with international foodie fame and fortune.

I’m in Olive, I declared with a flourish.

Uncle one raised an eyebrow. Uncle two gave me a grunt. Aunt Madge just said: “Who’s Olive?”

Great. Only, like, the best food magazine published by the BBC. Read by a gazillion people, none of whom I actually know.

They asked me about my favourite cheap eat in London – the £6.95 eat as much as you want lunch buffet at Diwana Bhelpuri House in Euston. But if you’re not in London, this information is about as useful to you as your local weather to me.

So here are my top tips for spotting a really good Indian buffet instead:

  1. Elderly Indians: No self respecting elderly Indian will pay money to eat poorly cooked version of the food they eat at home
  2. Hot chapattis/rotis: There is little point in rotis that have languished on the buffet table, turning rock hard and stone cold
  3. Wide selection: Surely, the whole point of the whole exercise is to eat until you can barely move, a huge meal that you would be nuts to cook at home?

Comments

12 Responses to “Curry with risotto”

  1. Christie@fig&cherry Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Well done Mallika! That could be a fab TV show… How to cook Indian food in Italy!

  2. Bharti Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    yah! You made it..good going! Desi khana in Tuscany…kya baat hai!

  3. dollybasu Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    inndia shinig in tuscany , ha ha ha

  4. notyet100 Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    nice menu,..i am sure mus hve tasted great,,:-)

  5. sra Says:

    September 15th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    What is the first dish, the white one?

  6. Ginger Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 2:39 am

    I sympathize! I had the same trouble when I went to Italy this summer too. Spices were the biggest problem. I’m really impressed :)

  7. mandira Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Indian food in tuscany… great job Mallika :)
    Mental note to myself… always carry masala!

  8. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Heck, I made curry pasta, so what’s wrong with curry risotto? Sounds perfect to me! Hope you are having a great time! Sounds glorious!

  9. Yash Says:

    September 16th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    the part ‘mentally reminding myself never to make fun of travelling aunties again’ made me smile.

    @sra the white dish is probably dahi-..uh something. I can’t figure out what those things topped with the dahi are.

  10. Mallika Says:

    September 17th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Sra – that’s the aubergine raita. It was the biggest hit of the evening!

  11. Pooh Says:

    September 18th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    You are such a trooper!And you’ve done fabulously given you were in unfamiliar settings.

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