What do Morgan Freeman and Billy Connolly have in common? No, they aren’t both secret collectors of 19th century Albanian beer mats – they’ve both dined at La Porte des Indes, a French/Indian restaurant in the West End, conveniently round the corner from Marble Arch station. How do I know this? They have their photos proudly framed on the wall on the way to the toilets. Unfortunately Morgan Freeman wasn’t dining on the same night as me, but I’m pleased to tell you that didn’t affect my dining experience.
Don’t be fooled by its modest exterior, the downstairs is a very large space with waterfalls and palm trees. I was starting to think I was in Centre Parcs.
The menu is very unique, with such delights as Tandoori Foie Gras served with a crisp honey naan bread with a fig, Pepper Crab and King Scallops in a garlic and saffron sauce.
The staff are friendly and professional as you would expect from a restaurant of this calibre, all running about in well organised fashion, serving the surprisingly large number of customers for what was an ordinary Tuesday evening in October.
Our goat meat curry with robust spices and laced with coconut milk was tangy and warming, and our Kohe Kashmiri – Lamb Shanks in a smooth aromatic sauce was delicious and perfect to plunge chunks of our cheesy nan bread into.
I’m already looking forward to returning and sampling some of the awesome sounding deserts, and some of the naan breads. It isn’t often you see fillings such as Mango and Coconut, Onion and Garlic, Chilli and Coriander, Three Cheese, Fruit and Nuts, Herb Potatoes and Spiced Lamb on the menu.