The first thing we were struck by was the venue itself. The jungle theme in the restaurant sees it host a 40 foot waterfall, with exotic plants scattered around and a jungle bar for good measure. It’s a stunning setting, and we were instantly taken with it.
The menu is not what you’d expect from a typical Indian restaurant. The dishes are Gallic influenced, and many hail from Pondicherry, a nineteenth century French colony in India. Eager to sample as much of the menu as possible, we opted for the tasting menu, which did not disappoint.
Our set menu consisted of:
Fillets of sole encased in a mint and coriander chutney and lightly steamed in banana leaves.
Demoiselles de Pondichéry
Large juicy grilled king scallops with a hint of garlic in a mild saffron sauce.
Murgh Malai Kebab
Chicken tikkas marinated with cream cheese, mace and fresh green peppercorns, grilled in the tandoor.
Crunchy green and red chard and water chestnut pakoras with Bengal gramflour, green chillies, coriander, turmeric and caraway seeds.
Barra Lamb Chops
Best end of British lamb marinated with caramelised onions and garam masala, served with mint chutney.
Chicken marinated in yoghurt and red spices, grilled and served in a creamy sauce.
Prawns simmered in a mild coconut curry with green mangoes, turmeric, chillies and ginger.
A traditional dish of leaf spinach and cottage cheese sautéed in butter with green chillies and ginger.
Rougail d’ Aubergine
A speciality of smoked crushed aubergine, chilli, ginger and green lime from Pondicherry.
L’Assiette du Chef
The chefs selection of his favourite desserts.
As you can imagine, by the end of that, we were well and truly satisfied. All of the food was beautifully cooked, whilst the service was prompt and polite. We particularly enjoyed the scallops and lamb chops, whilst the selection of the desert plates was exactly what was called for after our savoury feast.
We have to say that La Porte Des Indes is one of our favourite Indian restaurants that we’ve ever visited. The menu is brilliantly diverse, the setting fantastic and with staff to match, you couldn’t go wrong with dinner here. We’ll most certainly be visiting again.