With a waterfall in the centre and flowing palm trees around the dining room, La Porte des Indes is not your average Indian restaurant.
The meat is halal so Muslim diners can enjoy dishes inspired by former French colony Pondicherry, like Poulet Rouge shredded chicken. For vegetarians, there is a rich range of offerings like the Shakahari Thali, as well as green and red chard and water chestnut pakoras.
The roasted chilli seekh lamb kebabs are well done and leave you wanting more, while the pepper crab makes for a light and interesting starter choice – served with ginger and green mango sauce for extra bite.
The Hereford beef tenderloin with roasted cinnamon has more of a lamb-like texture with the amount of spices but is a filling dish and goes well with the organic red rice.
The fillet of duck is served in a healthy portion and is best accompanied by a pancake than the other traditional Indian breads on offer. The tamarind sauce may not be to everyone’s taste as it is mild in flavour, but that is part of the appeal of the unique cuisine blend on offer here.
The Belgian dark chocolate mousse is divine with its smooth and creamy texture, while the nutmeg Goan cake with molasses and Madagascan vanilla bean ice-cream is a must-try with its blend of flavours.
Mango cappuccino, bubble teas, smoothies and coconut mocktails are available.
For the set lunch menu starters are £9, mains are £13 and desserts £7.50.
An evening out with your partner.
7 out of 10.