Trishna will enlighten you
|Guinea Fowl Tikka|
Trishna has been on my radar for a while, partly because it was awarded a Michelin star in September 2012, but also because it has a reputation for modest pricing. London has its fair share of high-end Indian restaurants like the Cinnamon Club and Rasoi, but I generally balk at paying up to £30 for a main unless I'm out to celebrate. For less than that, £22.50 to be precise, you can get a three course meal from the 'lunch bites' or 'early evening' menus at Trishna which also comes with a choice of a side dish (spinach with corn or dal in my case) and rice or bread. Since there were two of us, Mr B and I split the options and tried both sides plus the bread and rice.
The starter of "quail pepper fry - keralen spices, black pepper, curry leaf" set the flavour bar high from the outset. The fried quails thighs were tender bite-sized morsels with complex spicing building up from deeply caramelised onions. Lingering heat came from loads of cracked pepper although this was countered by the tang and sweetness of the tomato. A smattering of green beans added textural crunch.
|Quail Pepper Fry|
|Saffron & Honey Poached Pear|
The lunch bill for two for three courses (plus a side dish each, bread and rice), a glass of wine and a fruit punch came to a slightly spooky £66.66 including service. I think that's fairly reasonable for the quality, and quantity, of food we had. The expert spicing was a revelation to my fairly uneducated Indian palate, which is more accustomed to everyday Indian. For the price, I don't think you can beat Trishna for a great introduction to more refined Indian food. You may even leave enlightened.