There have been some great improvements recently to the already excellent Farhana. They have had a new door and large windows installed. The tacky hand-written signs have gone, as have the permanently closed blinds. The inside has changed a bit too, leaving a more spacious dining area. (they recently catered for a party of 36, borrowing extra tables from the Chinese next door!)the haphazard approach to the menu has gone too back to normal a la carte. Although still unlicensed - Bring your own beer/wine - nowadays you can always get sparkling water, served with ice and lemon or choose from a range of soft drinks. The food itself and friendly service remain top notch. They have also introduced a brand new desert menu.
The Farhana still isn’t much to look at from the outside - Smallish and unimposing - There are lots of smarter restaurants in the area. On looks alone, this would not be your obvious choice. 2 things make it special - the reliability and sheer quality of the food and Farouk, the owner - Such a nice person and a perfect host - Very interested in Indian food and restaurants in general …. “have you tried that new one opposite the station yet”, he asks - Any good?"
The same chef has been there for years and some of the a la carte dishes are his own inventions. Farouk will proudly explain how a particular item was created. He may quietly reveal its secret ingredient and explain how it was “tweaked to perfection” to fit in with local taste. Favourite Dish: I recommend Aloo Chat to start - Then perhaps try their “chicken Tikka Asari” or Chicken Rezala, which I absolutely love! It’s chef’s own recipe …. A tangy, creamy, yoghurt based, hot and sour sauce poured over pieces of tender, succulent, marinated chicken breast.