East in the West

Image used from Herald Express website

As some of you may recall it was recently Valentines day.  In our house it’s a double hit as my husbands birthday is also 12th February  this meant that this year we went out on Valentines day and celebrated the two together.

Courtesy of my husband’s dad and his wife we were treated to a meal, in our home town of Paignton and chose the Indian restaurant East in the West.

Having never eaten Indian food I was a little worried but I needn’t have been.  Many people (like myself) are put off by the cuisine due to the premise that it’s “too spicy”.  I can flat out say that this is not the case with East in the West.  The menu is clearly labelled for levels of heat with some dishes having non at all (like mine!).  The staff are also very approachable at guiding you through the menu for any food types that your not sure of.  We had a lengthy discussion with our waiter in choosing which type of naan bread we wanted.

Whilst the location of the restaurant itself is not prime this takes nothing away from the experience once inside.  The quiet intimacy obtained due to the small space and clever decor makes you feel instantly relaxed and at ease.  The warm wood tones and careful positioning of tables made the evening feel intimate and private everything a valentines dinner should be and the cheesy power ballads being played were a happy topic of conversation.

The restaurants executive head chef, Dinesh Kadamatt, was born in Kerala and has traveled across India working within various 5 star hotels.  I can only assume that it is this knowledge and experience as well as the team working with him that shape and provide the quality of food that we experienced.
Having never experienced an Indian restaurant before I expected a menu that I wouldn’t understand with a list of chicken and beef curries all with rice and all hot.  I was excited to find that this was not the case.  The menu is clear and the options are plenty with a surprising large fish and vegetarian section when compared with other restaurants of the same caliber.  My only complaint is that there wasn’t more pudding options however with the main and starters so delicious and filling I can honestly say for the first time that I wasn’t too disappointed at not having a pudding and I have a massive sweet tooth!

For the meal itself we started with poppadoms and a chutney tray.  Provided were 4 large poppadoms and 3 different chutneys all of which were fresh and delicious.  The 3 chutneys were well balanced with a raw chunky chutney comprised predominantly of onion and carrot, a savory yogurt based dip and the classic sweet mango chutney.

For main I opted for the Seafood Molly which comprised of monk fish and prawn poached in an aromatic coconut sauce with basmati rice.  Whilst my husband went for the more “manly” lamb shank rogan josh.  We both opted out of pudding.  I went for a large glass of wine with the meal and the other half chose a pint of Thatchers.  The total bill came to around £50 which for the quality of the food eaten we were more than happy to part with.  We’ll certainly be going back again next year for our yearly night out!!

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