»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
Pakistani restaurant Al Mirage in Tooting, London, UK
Mar 25th, 2009 by Olivier

215 Upper Tooting Road
London SW17 7TG

Reviewed 24 March 2009.

Al Mirage

Al Mirage

Al Mirage

Al Mirage is a Pakistani restaurant located close to Tooting Broadway which is a centre of the Asian community of South London. There are many Indian and Pakistani clothes shops, sweet shops and of course restaurants in this area. It is simply my favourite restaurant for eating a curry. I have been there several times and nothing I tried has been bad. The staff are friendly, something that cannot be said for other restaurants in the area, and they help you to choose the meal with some nice suggestions. The place feels airy, thanks to the reasonable space between the tables but also to the high ceiling as from the ground floor you can see a part of the first floor. Strangely, it is not as busy as in the restaurants next door for some reason but people do not know what they are missing! They also do take aways, I never tried it.
On the door you can see their Scores on the door (food hygiene rating) and they got 3 stars which is good compared to the restaurants around not displaying their score (as it is too low), with the exception of a few of them.

We took the Al-Mirage Masala Fish (£4) for starters which is a cod fish marinated and deep fried. It was excellent: fresh fish and nicely spicy. I like the fish design plate used with it as you can see on the picture below.
Other starters can be the Chicken Tikka (boneless chicken pieces marinated and barbecued – £2.50), the Peri-Peri Chicken grilled or fried for £3.95 (it is a whole chicken marinated in peri-peri sauce), Tandoori Chicken leg (£1.95) etc. They also have many vegetarian starters like Onion Bhajia (deep fried balls of onion and batter – £2), Chilli Paneer (grilled cheese cubes dry or in sauce – £3.50), Vegetable spring rolls (£1.50) etc.

Al-Mirage Masala Fish

Al-Mirage Masala Fish

Main courses:

Like for the starters they divide the menu between vegetarian dishes and non vegetarian dishes.
Vegetarian dishes includes Bombay Alo (a hot spicy potato dish – £3.25), Channa Masala (a rich creamy chick peas dish – £3.25), Mixed Tarka Daal (lentils flavoured with cumin seeds, garlic, ginger and spices) etc.
As we aren’t vegetarians, we chose the Lamb Bhuna (tender lamb cubes prepared with fresh ginger, onions, peppers, tomatoes and garlic – £5.50) and the Balti chicken Tikka Masala with cream (£6) in the non vegetarian dishes. Others dishes per example are the Shakari chicken (chicken on the bone – £4.95), the Balti chicken Keema (minced chicken – £4.50), the hot Lamb Rogan Josh (mutton pieces cooked in traditional Kashmir masala with yoghurt and cream – £5.50), the Ginger Chicken (£4.95)… There is also 12 kinds of Naan to choose from!
We had two Mango Lassi for drink for £1.85 each (This is a alcohol free restaurant).

Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi

The Lamb Bhuna was very good, spicy and hot (we asked for making it hotter) but not overly hot. We could still enjoy its taste. The sauce was oily but not too much. Just one downside here: we both had a piece of bone, so check well your plate before eating!
The Balti chicken Tikka Masala with cream was delicious. A rich smooth cream, slightly spicy (hot) and the chicken was great, with some burn as it was just grilled. As you can see on the photo below, there is enough sauce for a good use of the Naan hungry

The Lamb Bhuna (red meal), the Balti chicken Tikka Masala with cream (yellow meal) and the Naan.

The Lamb Bhuna (red meal), the Balti chicken Tikka Masala with cream (yellow meal) and the Naan.

 

A closer look

A closer look

Cost and conclusion:  for about £20, the value for money is excellent. Adding to that a good and fast service, this restaurant IS the place to go for anyone who is into curry. Highly recommended!

Al Mirage on Urbanspoon


»  Substance: WordPress   »  Style: Ahren Ahimsa
© 2010 Trusted-Gourmet.com