All bar wonderful

The Coriander, Westcombe Park, London SE3

Anyone who has to get off at Westcombe Park each day must run the curry gauntlet. On the left is the Royal Nepalese (the Greenwich Phantom’s favourite I hear) and on the right is Coriander. It must be nearly impossible to pass the fantastic spice smells without popping in on the way home. I’d never make it home, I know that.

The Corinader has a great little bar and a nice sized waiting area for anyone who does get sucked in to the right hand side to pick up a takeaway. You can’t blame other restaurants for maximising their seating space but most waiting areas are bit naff to say the least, usually consisting of the table where the boss does his accounts in the day. As for a bar, well, that’s an absolute bonus.

Try to get your hands on a takeaway menu before you go because there are discount vouchers on the front (£3 off for orders over £30 and £5 off for orders over £40) and these apply for eat in (reserve your table first) or takeaways. What a great idea.

A great way to get going is with the vegetarian starter Hara Kebab (£3.50), a lovely combination of spinach, potatoes, cottage cheese and cashew nuts. Think Onion Bhaji but nicer.

Classic dishes come in at around £5.50 (Lamb Madras, Chicken Vindaloo) and £6.50 (Lamb Balti, Chicken Dansak). But the chef’s recommendations offer some interesting alternatives, many of which you may not have tried before. For a touch of heat try Adha Diya (£7.50), chicken or lamb cooked with plenty of ginger and garlic in a cream and coconut sauce. It’s milder cousin Aam Diya comes with mango and sultanas.

Then back to the bar methinks.

The Coriander, 1A-3 Station Crescent, Westcombe Park, Blackheath SE3 &EQ. Tel: 020 8858 6818/7878. Open: Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 1pm-10.30pm.

The Coriander snapshot

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