A dinner at Veeraswamy, the oldest restaurant in London, close to Piccadilly.
I like this place. It’s quiet, elegant.
This was the eleventh time I was there, I didn’t expect anything new and different.
We had no sooner taken our seats, and were deeply in a conversation, then we were contacted by the waiter. I asked him a little time to find our place in our seats.
In five minutes two other waiters came to our table asking if we are OK.
I don’t know who had trained these people, but obviously they didn’t see that the customer, we, were in a conversation and we didn’t intend to read the menu card we were given.
At last, getting tired of being disturbed, we decided to take the menu card into our hands.
My dinner partner lives a very conscious way of life, so it took pretty long to discuss what we wanted to eat.
Another waiter came, asking if we wanted any wine.
I like to enjoy wine with what I eat, so I asked for a little time to pick our choice.
At last we made our choice.
I ordered a starter and a main.
Regal street food, large wheat puri filled with goodies, splashed with chutneys.
This is sweet dish, thank to the sweet chutneys they splash it with.
With mango mayonnaise. Inspired by the empire.
Rukola, chicken slices curcuma. Mango -sour pieces, little gem
I asked the waiter if he could recommend a wine to our starter.
Wine offer: New Zeeland Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling from Germany
Let’s make a stop here to talk about food wine combination first.
The Raj Kachori chutneys are significantly sweet. Because of it’s significant sweetness, it is hard to find wine which matches this dish.
If your palate is sweet from the food, and if you drink the bad wine, it will turn your face sour. I don’t like sour face.
I thought that the Riesling would no way make a good match, maybe the New Zeeland had the chance to match the Coronation chicken, but not the Raj Kachori.
I tasted both wines, and I was right. The riesling was too dry to even the Coronation, the New Zeeland because of it came from a hot climate was better to the salad. The Raj Kachori cried for something sweet, a coca cola or sweet lassi, but was eaten with a glass of white water.
I was given 175 ml wine to my salad. Well, it is a great quantity to drink with a simple salad. I like to enjoy wine with the food, but I don’t drink like a horse.
Main: Chicken makhni
Chicken thighs in Delhi style sauce, tomato
The makhni sauce was slightly sweet, probably they used honey.
Wine offer: Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon
I tried both wines, negative, very negative. I had more than half of my wine in my glass, the New Zeeland, so I had it with the food. It was not the best match, although it was much better than the recommended reds.
I don’t really like Indian desserts, so I asked for the bill and left to have a walk in the mild evening on the Regent street.
I feel always deceived in an Indian restaurant, because of the wine. If I could, I would choose a good match from Hungarian wines and not necessarily from the Tokaj region.
From the restaurant’s wine list I usually choose a Gewürztraminer, it is the best match. (Spicy food-spicy wine)
Today I tried a new wine, it was not the best choice, compared to the Gewürtztraminer I had had earlier.