Brunch at The Painted Heron

On Sunday I visited The Painted Heron on Cheyne Walk for brunch.

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Although I’d walked past this Indian restaurant so many times, this was my first visit. It is so easy to miss and unless you know how good it’s supposed to be, you may be forgiven for not bothering to try it out. Thank goodness for the power of Twitter and a recommendation to a fellow tweeter, which I decide to jump on as soon as I saw the fabulous brunch menu.

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It was very quiet on Sunday which at first was surprising but when a member of staff explained that they were starting midweek lunches in February, I wondered if anyone knew that it was actually open the day we were there. I mean after a bit of research I know how popular this place is in the evenings, given the type of crowd who likes to come here. I will name no names. Ok, perhaps one? Here’s a clue: Batman.

So what about the food?

As we looked through the menu, the poppadoms arrived with such delicious chutneys.

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For starter, I ordered the crab dish but without the pancake. Instead for my gluten free request, the chef added potato to the dish which included a coconut chutney. So good!

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The bf ordered the Delhi masala omelette, which was just as excellent.

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For main, I chose the duck roganjosh with rice instead of naan.

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And the bf had the lamb nihari.

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And for dessert, I threw ALL my dietary requirements out of the window to enjoy the fig and pistachio tart. It was so delectable and so worth it.

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I didn’t have any wine, just a vodka soda and fresh lime at the start whilst the bf sipped on a Cobra beer.

And all I can say is that an elegant feast was had. I never thought anything could pull me away from Noor Jahan, but now I think perhaps I’ll just divide up my time. Win!

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