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The Red Fort (Soho) Review – Posh Curry

March 17, 2012
  • Restaurant: Red Fort
  • Cuisine: Indian, Mughal Court
  • Location: Soho, London
  • Cost:  £160  for 2 (including *nice* wine and we ordered waaay too much)
  • Head chef: Azadur Rahman
  • Value for money: 7.5/10
  • Service: 8.5/10
  • Ambiance: 7/10
  • Food: 8.5/10
  • Jelly Good Food Rating: 7.5/10
The Red Fort is listed in the Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide so when J needed to pick a place to take me out (this time was celebration for 8th of March) this seemed right as curry is pretty much up there as a favourite food of mine and i havent eaten Michelin guide level curry before.
Quick explanation  on 8th of March – its an eastern european thing  – its basically like mother’s day and valentines day rolled into one – all the guys are expected to shower us with gifts and attention in a general appreciation of womenkind.  I’ve been celebrating that forever so it means a lot to me.
We ordered:
Lightly spiced grilled monkfish with ginger & saffron
Spinach patties lightly filled with cheddar, onion & coriander
Home-made cottage cheese with dried fenugreek leaf in a creamed tomato sauce
Herdwick lamb in a ginger, black pepper, coriander seed & red chilli
Scallop, squid, stone bass & king prawn in a spicy fennel, coconut & carom sauce
Vegetable dumplings with cashew nut and raisins in a spicy creamed tomato sauce
Golden fried milk-based dumplings soaked in cardamom flavoured syrup. 

Our main complaint is that none of the dishes were really spicy, even ones that promised spice  in the menue, all plates were quite mild.  Aside from that, the dishes were well executed and high quality ingredients evident.

The lamb meat was superb which  we expect from this level of restaurant in any case and which is a great thing because normally we’d be too scared to order lamb dishes fear of getting poor quality tough lamb chunks.

HYDERABADI BHUNA GOSHT   – the veg dumplings were probably the lowlight  – just seemed like vegetable mush, with no spice or character.  Also, not too sure about our dessert the GULAB JAMUN just seemed kind of bland and soggy.

The marinated Monkfish starter was the highlight of the meal – delicious.

Another point worth mentioning is the Chai Latte – don’t skimp on this one and make sure you try it – this was a real treat – serious flavour, I have never had a Chai Latte that was so intense before – this one Jelly recommends.

Overall this is a serious Indian restaurant that knows what its doing and the experience of high-end Indian food is refreshing and enjoyable – not so many indian places get Michelin level accolades.  However in Jelly’s opinion Red Fort dishes  need to be bolder and braver to really capture the imagination.

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