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its name from the smoothness of the chicken rather than any use of butter in the dish and I, retaining that adventurous streak, chose the Punja Rara Gosht (£15). Accompanying this we had one rice (£2.75), a Sag Aloo (£4.25) and a Roti for my wife (£3), and in my current carefree attitude, a Cheese and Green Chillie Naan (£4). The Butter Chicken lived up to its name and was luxurious and rich with just enough heat to complement rather than overpower. My Punja Rara Gosht was another eye opener as the slow cooked lamb hit the spot with the spice adding to the taste rather than dominating it. The green chilli and cheese naan to me was fine without the cheese, which I felt only added an unnecessary additional flavour, but the actual naan is light and frankly doesn’t need any additions. It almost feels odd to say it at an Indian restaurant, but it is worth looking, and ordering, from the dessert menu. The Gulab Jamun with salted caramel ice cream (£5.50) is worth a look, as is the Chocolate and Caramel Fondant (£7.50), which Reese’s Cup chocolate lovers will enjoy. Masala Grill also do a Sunday buffet (£26 a head), and I for one will return for this, as from what I have currently tasted, this will enable me to try widen my horizons even further. Masala Grill is a quality restaurant in its own right and offers exceptional Indian food at sensible prices, and I for one am eternally grateful for them giving me more confidence in my choices, because some of the choices I made here will be my selections for years to come.

Lanes of London 140 Park Lane, London, W1K 7AA Telephone: 020 7647 5664

After a tiring afternoon shopping on Oxford Street

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with my wife, I was more than ready to enjoy a relaxing evening in the hands of the friendly staff at Lanes of London. This stylish, yet casual restaurant, is located at the end of Park Lane, overlooking Marble Arch and Hyde Park, and is a perfect location for a post Oxford Street recharge. Lanes of London is housed in a beautiful late Edwardian mansion block, and is part of the London Marriott Hotel Park Lane. As you enter through the bar area there is an air of sophistication about the place, with its decor of marble, aged brass, traditional leaded glazing and oak detailing. The atmosphere is both warm and welcoming, providing much needed calm from the busy streets outside. We relaxed with a cocktail in a snug and comfy booth whilst watching the world go by on Park Lane. The cocktail list is extensive; and they offer a range of classic cocktails as well as some creative options. The ones we chose were stylishly presented and delivered well on taste. The menu is locally sourced British produce with a focus on rare-breed and seasonal ingredients. At the helm is the newly appointed executive chef, Emmanuel Garde. His menu changes seasonally, and is reasonably priced considering the Mayfair location. Starters, ranging in price from £6 to £12, include Mackerel, Duck, Cut Meat and New Season Charred Asparagus. I opted for the Crab with beet sea, avocado and crispy filo. The portion was small, but delicious, and made for a nice appetiser to the main course. My wife savoured her Home Cured Salmon with watercress and pine nuts. I often suffer from that common restaurant affliction known as‘food envy’, so before choosing my main course I scouted the room to check out my fellow diners’ choices. With a selection including Burger, Steak, Cornish Lamb, Sea Bass and Vegetarian Options, ranging from £12-£20,

I was very tempted by the look of the Lamb but decided to opt instead for one of the waiter’s recommendations; Roast Hake with clams and samphire barley. My wife had the Corn Fed chicken with cilantro purée and chorizo demi glace. Luckily ‘food envy’ was not an issue, apart from my wife’s double dipped sweet potato fries, which I was invited to ‘share’! The main courses were also accompanied by our chosen side orders of new season buttered vegetables, and the most delicious whipped potatoes I have eaten in a long time. All side orders are priced at £4. At Lanes the drinks list is extensive; including boutique beers, an excellent choice of aforementioned cocktails, and a good selection of wines (from £22 a bottle). We opted for a bottle of white Italian ‘Gavi’- dry and fresh, with a fruity and aromatic acidity, making it a good option to complement our chicken and fish main courses. The dessert menu is small (both physically - being printed on a postcard, and in its selection), but very appealing. On the waiter’s recommendation I went for the Eaton Moss (a deconstructed Eton Mess), and my wife devoured the Choc Torte, which she declared to be delicious. The Eaton Moss, with its meringue slithers, ice cream and fruit purée was unlike any other dessert I have had - I enjoyed the flavour and the creative spin. To be honest it was a difficult choice, as the Ginger Cake, Jammy Dodgers and Cheesecake (all £6) had been calling to me, but if chocolate is your thing, you cannot go wrong with the chocolate torte served with buttermilk ice cream. The service here is friendly and laid back making it a cosy retreat. I hear that the Afternoon Tea is also very good, and a worthwhile consideration to squeeze into a busy day of shopping, or the perfect antidote to Winter Wonderland in nearby Hyde Park, as we approach the madness of the Christmas build up.

American in Britain Autumn 2015  

The Autumn 2015 issue features theatre reviews of Bend It Like Beckham, McQueen and Three Days In The Country; restaurant reviews of Smith &...

American in Britain Autumn 2015  

The Autumn 2015 issue features theatre reviews of Bend It Like Beckham, McQueen and Three Days In The Country; restaurant reviews of Smith &...

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