Urban Roti, Wembley Central, London

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We were invited to review Urban Roti, an Indian restaurant specialising in Punjabi and tandoori food. They have recently had a refurb and look very bright and modern, my only slight complaint is that they do like to keep the door open and on cold days that’s not so good for diners on the chilly side like me!

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We kicked things off with a couple of cocktails, a lychee martini for me and a whisky sour for J. Although their regular bartender was away, they managed to turn out some nice renditions of these drinks.

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For starters we opted for lamb sheekh kebabs (£5.95), minced lamb kebabs done in the tandoor, which were very good, moist and tasty. Sadly, they didn’t have the prawns we wanted so we opted for crispy squid instead (£5.95). I wasn’t as taken with these, they mostly tasted of batter rather than squid.

 

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They actually brought all our food out at the same time, mains and starters together, so we had to eat really quick so everything stayed hot. The kitchen might need to work on their pacing.

For mains, we chose the mutton pillau (£9.95) and the chef’s special grill platter (£11.95): including lamb chops, tandoori salmon, achari paneer, and hara chicken tikka. I loved the salmon, because it’s a strong flavoured fish it can take other strong flavours well. The chicken tikka was also good, coming with a green coriander based marinade rather than the standard red. The pillau seemed not to have that much meat in the rice, and in future I would probably opt for the dum biryani instead as these are supposed to be the kitchen’s speciality; they have been baked with a dough lid over the rice to seal in all the flavours.

 

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A quick note on service, we were mostly looked after by Vijay, who was one of the owners and who was very attentive. However, when he wasn’t around service could tail right off. For example, we had asked for peshwari naan but when it came it didn’t look right. When we queried it with our waiter he assured us that it was peshwari, but when we checked with Vijay he informed us it was actually paneer naan that we had been brought and got us peshwari instead. After our mains we were left with dirty dishes in front of us for a long time, so when they brought dessert the person had to clear the table before they could put them down.

We rounded off our meal with a platter of mixed kulfis ( £6 – Indian ice cream) and gulab jamun (£3.50). The flavours changed depending on the chef’s choice, but we had beetroot, mango and cashew. We were divided over the beetroot, J loved the earthy flavour, I wasn’t so keen. Also, the cashew kulfi did not have a strong distinctive flavour and tasted more like malai (cream), though this was fine as malai is one of J’s favourite flavours of kulfi.

 

 

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Finally, we had masala chai, which was a bit too milky for both our tastes. And even though they brought sugar, no saucers or teaspoons. Attention to details like this would really lift the service experience.

So in summary, mostly the food is great, if they iron out the uneven pacing and service issues, we will definitely be back!

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Twitter: @Urban_Roti #Indian #Lunch #IndianGrill #Bar #Wembley #WembleyCentral #London #londonfoodies

http://www.urbanroti.com/

 

Thank you to Vijay for inviting us and for the personal service.

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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