I’ve moved to London after a 10 year hiatus and on balance I’m pretty underwhelmed by the Indian food on offer. That’s not be me being a snob or an overblown foodie. I’m aware t the high end there are some glorious establishments and equally there are some more down tone, low key places that are absolute gems. My slight disappointment lies with the standard Indian offering. A few years it seemed easy to stumble in to your bog standard Indian place and come out having a moreish meal, which didn’t cost a lot. Overall I think value remains in the market, but not sure about the overall taste experience these days.
However, I’m glad to report that Dar’s is a great. I popped in a few weeks back, I wasn’t planning to eat but had a stroll around Hampstead Heath and was about to catch the 24 back into the West End and saw the “tandoori grill” sign and I thought I’d give it a try. This is a pretty basic place, but that’s the beauty, it’s not extravagant and you get the impression they have a lot of regulars, which is always a good sign. I like the location and chose to sit outside.
Dar’s does the simple things well. I had a chapli kebab as a starter (think flattened sheek kebab) followed by a Dhal and Aloo paratha. I went for basic options and I wasn’t disappointed, the dhal was fragrant, had the right consistency and flavoursome. I don’t remember the overall cost but it was something like £12 so good value as well. I’ve been back a few times since and have not been disappointed, this is just simple food, done very well.