We were a mixed group of girls and boys from teens to young people to, well let's just say, wiser experienced diners. We were escorted to our pre-booked table and I was surprised that at 7 pm, the restaurant was not too busy. This would change soon as more diners arrived.
We all began with drinks – some had wine, some soft drinks, others mango lassi. I chose the latter and it was one of the tastiest mango lassi's I've tried. I was soon tempted for seconds.
We all decided to choose six meals to share – some meat dishes, some vegetarian. The Darshan's house speciality is the dosai, a golden brown crepe made from rice batter. The crisp dosai was filled with spiced potatoes and it was absolutely delicious. The dosai was served with a yummy lentil broth and a coconut chutney. What a terrific start to our meals.
A few in my group crave samosas so it was certain that these would be ordered. The spicy potato and pea triangles arrived with a delicious mint sauce. Pappadums, cucumber raita and lovely naan bread appeared almost immediately. These were all immensely satisfying.
A flurry of dishes arrived shortly afterwards. Butter chicken, lamb korma, beef madras, fish curry, matar paneer. The spicy tastes, the aroma of delectable food passed along the table, good conversation, faces beamed from a wonderful experience. The abundance and flavours of this superb south Indian cuisine left none of us disappointed.