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Atithi Indian Restaurant, Twickenham

Atithi Twickenham
Typically when I think of good Indian food I'm usually looking for a place that's a cut above the typical high street curry houses. Now there are one or two contenders in the Richmond Borough that I think are great restaurants, but for me the best Indian restaurant, in the borough of Richmond has to be Atithi in Twickenham.

Black lentil Dahl, Atithi Restaurant, Twickenham

What makes Atithi different from all other curry houses, is that every dish is unique. Atithi layer their flavours and use different textures and spices adding a level of complexity not seen in other Indian restaurants. Their plates are presented beautifully and the kitchen is run like clockwork as you will see below. Chef will sometimes throw in a complimentary pre-starter which is always a welcomed touch. I was lucky enough to take a peek behind the scenes and film Chef Negi Roomali making my Gilafi Handi dish. Atithi is very popular with locals in Twickenham.

As well as great meat dishes, Atithi cook a particularly delicious Dahl, they have good vegetarian options that are available as starters and main courses. Furthermore, apart from all the wonderful dishes, they also have a small but reasonable, champagne list. Who would of thought? Champagne and curry... Genius! Now you know why its a scrum to get in here on rugby days (pun intended). 

Laal Maans, Hot Lamb Curry, Atithi Restaurant, Twickenham

On this occasion I started with a mango paneer, this is a mild tasting cheese that is normally marinated and cooked in a tandoor oven. Atithi serve their paneer grilled, topped with a sweet mango sauce and a drizzle of green herb and garlic chutney. For mains I chose Gilafi Handi, a delicious curry made with spring lamb that is sealed with a pastry top, and finished in the inferno tandoor oven. Its delicately spicy with a thick and slightly sweet onion and tomato based sauce.

Mango Paneer, Atithi Restaurant, Twickenham

To accompany my lamb I had plain rice and a side of their delicious black lentil dahl. This dahl is creamy, full of garlic and definitely a winter warmer. If you want something hot on your palate, the Laal Maans is an excellent choice, I really loved the flavours and obviously the heat was good too.

Starters range from £5 to £9 and the mains are very reasonable from £9 to £15. For celebration dinners a bottle of Veuve Clicquot will set you back £70.

Gilafi Handi - Spring Lamb served with pastry, Atithi Restaurant, Twickenham

So there you have it, now you know my best Indian restaurant in the Borough of Richmond so feel free to check out all my other restaurant recommendations. PS. you can also use the 'search' function on my website for a particular cuisine. Next time, I'm on a quest to find the best Asian restaurant in my area .... dim sum or not dim sum? that is the question. 

Pre starter of cauliflower and aubergine, Atithi Restaurant, Twickenham

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Atithi Restaurant Twickenham

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