Tuesday 1 October 2013

October meeting - Paradise Balti - Wed 9th

The table is booked!  We'll be visiting the Paradise Balti on Wednesday 9th October, our second visit of the year. 

As usual we'll take aperitifs at the Old Drum (with its fine selection of real ales) from about 19:30, and then cross the road for dinner at 20:30. 

Please confirm either in response to the members' e-mail or by using the feedback form on our web site.  In July, I 'fixed' the form response on the web site to stop spam mail from some losers who sit on line and fill out forms at random in the hope of annoying businesses.  The fix was completely successful as (until I realised) I didn't receive any completed forms at all, from anyone at all!  I've now repaired it again.  If you use the form you should see a 'Thank You' page which will show that it's working properly. 

Looking forward to a great evening on 9th October! 

Madhuban - 11th September

Considering that many of our regulars were away on holidays in various warmer parts of the world, we had an excellent turnout, on a wet and windy evening, for our second visit to Madhuban of 2013.  

Papadums always seem better with a choice of spicy pickles as well as milder chutneys, and we weren't disappointed - both lime and hot mango pickle were on offer for those that like them.  As usual, we asked the restaurant to select the dishes for the evening.  

First, we had a mixed starter of salmon tikka pakora, onion bhaji, shish kebab, huseini (chicken) kebab and chana aloo chat.  This gave a great selection of various flavours and was a great appetizer before the main courses.

After a milder selection last time, we asked the restaurant to warm things up a little.  They certainly did!  Main dishes were Chicken Korma Mirchwangan - medium hot dish in a deep red sauce - the red comes from various ingrdients including beetroot, tomato, red peppers and spices, Jungli Lamb - Madras hot, quite dry with red chilli, and Methi Lamb.  Vegetable dishes were Madras Sambar - South Indian hot and spicy vegetable and lentil curry with exotic curry leaf, and Panch mela (a dish of five vegetables).  All of these were accompanied by pilau rice, plain and garlic naans. This was a great selection of hot food, but maybe left one or two members behind in terms of heat and intensity. 

Madhuban continues to offer fine cooking accompanied by a warm welcome, and we had a thoroughly good evening.  Our plans for the rest of this year are as follows:

9th October - Paradise Balti, Petersfield
13th November - Chilli Night(s), Haslemere
11th December - Malabon, Petersfield