2 June 2008
881-883 Old Kent Road
Tel: 020 7277 8090
Elvis may have left the building but the Everest Inn scales new heights
By John Prendergast
ELVIS MAY have left the building, but people with 'Suspicious Minds' will be 'All Shook Up' by the new guys on the Old Kent Road, who have set up base camp at the Everest Inn.
The reason for the appalling puns is the Everest Inn is on the former site of the Gracelands restaurant, where Chinese Elvis put on many an entertaining evening, but served up food that the King himself may have sent back to the kitchen, well maybe.
The new chaps have flipped this coin however, and while you have to create your own fun, the food is some of the best Indian grub I tasted for a while.
I am still not sure if this is the Nepalese influence, and where I could we went for Nepalese style food, but the food was lovely.
The starters were crackers and I have not had such good Indian style food before. What I liked about them is they were distinctly different and unique.
The cholia was a well cooked lamb infused with ginger, mustard oil and chilli amongst other things, sitting on a bed of crispy rice. And the rice gave the starter a cracking crunch, the spice really pulling out the best from the lamb. Quite simply I could have eaten it all night.
The missus opted for the Momo, which was served up in a curious but pleasing queue of dumplings, accompanied by a spicy tomato sauce. At this point she challenged me to put one of her dumpling in my mouth in one go, and once I had gone through the scripts of both Carry on Camping and Nurse I tasted the dish and it was tops as well. Not a typical Indian dish but delicious.
Then the rest of our grub arrived, and there was enough to pack up in a rucksack and tackle the north face of the world’s highest mountain, so we wasted no time tucking in.
Every first mouthful of all the dishes made you crave more - rich sauces with well cooked decent size meat pieces in, and where any fish was involved they were not overpowered by spices.
I have now become a real fan of lemon rice, and of all the accompanying rices I think this gives a zing that the spices in main courses need and the one served up here was no exception to this. All the other accompanying side dishes were of a high order, but there was so much it was hard to finish.
Despite the wonderfully polite staff asking if we wanted a dessert, we both opted out. The King may have frowned on this from his mantle up above, but he died on a toilet partly due to overeating, so I think we made the right call.
I went home a happy man, and now knowing that Everest Inn do deliveries I may be putting in some orders. I can guarantee one thing there will be no "Return to Sender."
Nepali Choila £3.95
House Special Karahi £6.95
Chati Kukhara £6.95
Bombay Aloo £2.75
Peshwari Nan £1.95
Lemon Rice £2.95
Mushroom Rice £2.95
Glass Wine x 2 £5.90
Nepal Ice Lager x 2 £7.90
FOOD (1-5) 4.5
AMBIENCE (1-5) 3.5
PRICE VALUE (1-5) 4.5
DISABLED ACCESS YES
DISABLED TOILET NO
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