After only relatively recently dining at Xanadu, near Meadowbank, and really enjoying its Chinese delights, I was a little sad to hear it had closed.
In its place, Gautam’s has sprung up. Apparently, they opened only two weeks after taking the keys which is a very quick turnaround, particularly when shifting cuisines to Indian which often requires the installation of specialist items such as tandoors.
As you might expect, the front of house remains very similar beyond a lick of paint and some change of detailing. It feels like a no-fuss space in which to dine in relative comfort.
Service was a strength throughout with a brisk pace and friendly banter. While I contemplated the menu I munched on poppadoms and a good pickle tray.
I soon settled upon their spiced lamb chops to start then followed with an on-the-bone chicken dish for main. I added a garlic naan.
The chops were soon with me looking much as expected. The trio of lamby beauties were well prepared and warmly spiced. It was a good opener.
The main course was a notch better with delicious and deeply flavourful chicken in a nicely aromatic sauce. The naan was a buttery delight and right up there with best naans I’ve had in the city.
Overall, Gautam’s looks to be a very good option next time you’re in curry mood. I was really impressed, particularly with the main course and bread, so would recommend it to you. I’ll be back for another visit – or perhaps a delivery takeaway – soon.
I ate: poppadoms and pickle tray, lamb chops, on-the-bone chicken, garlic naan
I drank: lager
I wore: chamois shirt
Total bill: £29.35