We are privileged to be so well catered for in London, and in our line of work this means we get to eat some of the best food the world has to offer, right here on our doorstep. And I know it sounds spoilt, but it can get boring. Really.
This is why it is such a delight to experience the Red Fort, the Dean Street institution that has catered for everyone from politicians to musicians over the last two decades. No trendy East-West fusion thing here, this is Indian cuisine at its finest. In fact, 300 years of Mughal tradition handed down in an unbroken family line to current chef Mohammed Rais. The flavours are refined, the preparation and presentation exacting and the portions delicate enough to manage a starter, main and three types of naan.
The fish courses are particularly unexpected, such as smoked chunks of dorado with fresh mint, garlic and green chilli; as are the more innovative meat dishes, such as grilled Scottish lamb chops in star anise and pomegranate jus. Moreover, the service is excellent – if a little over-attentive – and the wine list good enough to satisfy any palate. And the tables are well spaced for much needed privacy.
One word of advice. Skip the cocktails and surly service downstairs at Akbar and plump for the livelier Soho Hotel around the corner.
Where 77 Dean Street, Soho, W1
Contact 020 7437 2525
How much £25 per head