The Handbook
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What: The Law Society’s restaurant and bar
Where: Chancery Lane
Why you should go there: For a taste of India
Favourite thing we had: Paneer Tikka rolled in Paratha

I love Indian food; it’s my number one go to cuisine of choice with flavours coming out the hazoo, so when bar and restaurant, 113 Chancery Lane, invited us down on a special Dawat evening for their Taste of India menu we greedily accepted.

After some faffing and cursing at Google Maps we found the venue, looking more like a museum building than a restaurant, but once we had entered the restaurant turned out to be a hidden gem, tucked away while the window seats give you a great people watching position without being caught spying. The menu begins with the classic poppadum and dip scenario and then continues with four other courses each creatively prepared; this is not your typical local Indian where dishes are just plopped into bowls.

The starter is a pretty trio of bite sized offerings with brilliant vegetarian options like paneer tikka rolled in paratha, meat options include spiced lamb kebabs. Next is the rather unusual palate cleanser, Chuski ka wadt, described as a blackberry and mango granite which turned out to actually be flavoured ice in a shot glass with a distinctive flavour (possibly cardamom?) overriding the fruit which ruined it and I ended leaving half.

For the mains you choose from one of the 3 meat choices like Lamb Rogan Josh or the only vegetarian option of Shudh Shahakhari, roasted aubergine stuffed with spiced aubergine in a tamarind and peanut sauce. It was just on the borderline off too spicy but that is coming from a person with very delicate taste buds. A side which is an additional £2.50 from the set menu price, if you are going to get one I would recommend Dal fry, yellow lentils cook in turmeric with onions.

Normally with Indian cuisine you are spoilt for choice with the mains but this is by far the best pudding menu I have seen so my guest and I ordered one each and shared, getting the best of both worlds. She chose the spiced banana tart served with coconut ice cream (yas) while I opted for Jalebi, deep fried gram flour soaked in sugar syrup and condensed milk. This may not sound that tantilising but trust me, it was great. It arrived carefully balanced on cubes of fruit jelly as a lattice which had indeed been soaked in something sweet and delicious and had a welcome chew factor to it.

I love seeing care being put into the presentation of Indian food instead of the usual splodge job you get, the food was of a good standard although there was no stand out dish but I must admit that I am salivating as I type thinking about those puddings.

Future Dawat evenings will take place on 17th June, 16th September and 18th November 2015.