Restaurant Review – Delhi Orchid – Richmond, London
Question for you. Have you been to India and tasted authentic Indian cuisine? If you have you’ll know that what is served in many British Indian restaurants is not a true representation of what is on offer in this amazing country. A curry is not all about how hot you can get it but about the spices and flavour that is put into a dish, hotter is not necessarily better.
I was recently recommended to go and check out the Delhi Orchid in Richmond. After looking online it appeared to be somewhere my readers might want to know about, you know I like to find you the best places to spend your hard-earned money! I opted to take along a very good friend who knows everything there is to know about true Indian cuisine, this was going to be an interesting night.
On entering the restaurant we were quickly greeted and shown to our table. We were seated by the window which offered me a great view of the restaurant and other patrons’ tables.
Looking through the menu there is a strong north Indian influence but you will still find a few familiar southern dishes too. The choice of dishes should have something to suit everyone’s taste and all are presented with a very modern and fresh twist. The winelist offers a good selection and is reasonably priced. The restaurant itself is tastefully decorated without being kitsch and the music adds a nice background note that doesn’t overwhelm the flow of conversation.
I like to try something to cover all bases so we chose the king prawns and chicken tikka to start with and the lamb sag gosht and chicken masala for our mains. The dishes that came out were superbly presented and in a different league to other Indian establishments we have tried. When each dish that arrived was met with oohs and aahs from my friend I was excited to tuck in. What can I say, they not only looked fantastic as you can see from my photos above but the taste was something else! This, my friend assured me, was how Indian cuisine should be.
The spices used in each dish were well balanced and you could taste them all. Whether it was the tamarind sauce used in the starter or the methi leaves in the gosht each element of the dishes was a treat for the tastebuds. Portion size is good and in fact we couldn’t finish everything, plus we wanted to save room for dessert.
I like to be surprised sometimes so when it came time to order dessert our server made a recommendation for me. My companion had the deep-fried sugary balls and I was offered the chocolate samosas. The samosas themselves are a tricky dish to prepare so I was intrigued to see how well chef would do. The desserts were again a pretty work of art and very delicious. I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth so didn’t finish all of mine but my friend made light work of both dishes. The quality of the ingredients were exceptionally fresh and of a high standard. It’s interesting how when you are presented with dishes of this calibre you realise how generic the dishes in other restaurants of the same genre taste.
Whilst we had arrived early to dine, by the time we left the place was busy with patrons and everyone seemed to be having an equally enjoyable meal. The staff are very attentive and friendly without being intrusive and were also knowledgeable about the menu answering any questions we had.
All in all we had a fabulous time at the Delhi Orchid and will certainly be returning again soon. In my opinion it has to be one of the best Indian restaurants in the area and one you should definitely be putting on your list for a visit in the near future.
For a truly authentic taste of India forget your run-of-the-mill curry house, this place is the great!