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Chourangi

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I made a rare trip to Central London for the first time this year! Unreal for me as I used to go to Central London every day for the last decade when I worked there. I left the wife and baby at home and linked up with a friend to try the latest Indian that you have seen all over your feed Chourangi which has opened up close to Marble Arch Station, at the end of Oxford Street.

The restaurant has a classic Indian colonial decor vibe and a focused menu that explores the flavours of Calcutta.

The food here isn’t cheap! So good thing I was invited, I got to try a range of items

Cracking Spinach £4.50
Smoker chilli poppadum £4.50

Lotus stem and sweet potato chaat £9.50
Mango ginger stones bass £17
Laal Murgi Kebab £13.50

Welsh lamb rack £22
Jumbo prawn Tandoori £23

Kosha Lamb £22
Daak bungalow curry / Butter Chicken £19.50
Lamb Biryani £22
Bread Basket £11

The use of strong spices was a common theme with the dishes, they didn’t hide away and tone down the food. Some dishes I found unbalanced with strong whole spices, like Cardamom.

My favourite dishes were actually the mains, the Kosha Lamb and Butter Chicken, I liked the use of large pieces of meat and chicken and the flavours were delicious.

The Welsh lamb rack or chops at over £7 per chop for me wasn’t worth it. The cut I got was on the thin side and had the fat removed. I could taste an over-spiced marinate that coated the chop, while it was cooked perfectly I just wasn’t blown away by the flavours and spices.

The mango ginger stone bass (fish) was a dish I ordered because it’s something I’ve only ever seen at another restaurant, this inspired dish was delicate, light and delicious.

The negatives..

I’d avoid the biryani as it was just rice cooked with meat and didn’t feel anything like a layered and well-made Biryani. The cracking Spinach was not what I expected, it’s a bar snack.. Maybe the fact it’s called a bar snack should have been the clue.

I didn’t like the Laal Murgi Kebab, I found it dry and absent of flavour. The poppadums we had were old and stale. The jumbo prawns were good, but at £23 for 3 was on the pricey side.

The service was just okay, I’d expected more attentive staff and one that doesn’t bring warm tap water, but the food did arrive in a speedy manner.

Mocktails were £9 and tasted unique, I got a nimbbu soda that had a contrasting tangy flavour of chaat masala to spice it up.

Overall, If you like authentic flavours then this place does offer some good food, normally I’m more interested with small Plates and starters but the curries seemed to be the stars of the show here.

I was invited to review here. Meal was complimentary. Thoughts my own.

Chourangi
6.1 / 10 Halal Food Guy
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Food6
Value3.5
Service7
Atmosphere8

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