Curry night changed to a Thursday and we visited Potli in Hammersmith, or Chiswick.
For this review my curry club friends have helped to give a different perspective. They will also explain why I haven't.
So a weird curry club this time around as the night started with a few extra members and ended with 3. Some of the party, well actually 1 was off to see some magic. The rest of us, minus 2 (one late and the other didn't even notify us that they weren't coming) stayed to see if Potli had magic.
Potli was the name and its location was Chiswick. Not Hammersmith as others would make you believe. The first thing ordered was a Kingfisher. Unfortunately no Cobra or Tiger...I think. Due to our crazy numbers the initial starter order was mixed grill and .... Samosas. The Samosas were nice and came with a nice tomato based lentil sauce, yummy. You could really taste the dough but it wasn't as oily as your usual samosa. The mixed grill came with 2 shish kebabs, 1 lamb chop, 1 half chicken tikka, some pieces of chicken and some fish. All were good and cooked well but were all lacking a bit of flavour, seasoning and/or spice. And with the weird numbers no one had a full tastings. With that fiasco over and our party size then reduced mains were ordered.
We went simple-ish and ordered one butter chicken, one rice, two garlic naans and a new dish suggested by me...lamb coconut fry. Because I don't want to leave you in suspense, I will start with the lamb coconut fry. This was a winner, sweet with the coconut and very well cooked lamb. The dish was quote dry but with some garlic naan went down a treat. Onto the butter chicken and another winner. Creamy with a nice familiar taste. As always we couldn't finish the food but this time I blame the alcohol and suspense of watching the footy. (England were playing that night). All in all good food, however and this is a big however...very expensive for what it was. Remember I said this was in Chiswick not Hammersmith and the prices proved it to be.
After a long day at work I was really looking forward to meeting up with my friends and catching up over a good curry. Upon arrival I was greeted by a member of staff at the door dressed in a traditional Indian outfit.
The restaurant had a good vibe however it was clear we would be the noisiest customers.
The food was well presented. The mixed grill although small in portion size was full of taste, chicken on the bone was particularly tender. For mains we ordered the butter chicken and lamb coconut fry. The butter chicken was flavoursome however the star was the lamb coconut fry. Such an unusual dish packed with a strange combination of spices while delivering a punch at the end.
Overall, a good restaurant however a little steep at £35 per head.
Good stuff from both. Many thanks
Overview: Good but expensive Indian in Hammersmith... or Chiswick
Address: 319-321, King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9NH
Phone: 020 8741 4328/ 020 8741 5321