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Pali Kitchen (Indian) – City of London

HALAL STATUS Halal lamb & chicken (prepped and cooked separately) • Alcohol served

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Fast Food

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls TakeawayPali Kitchen is an Indian restaurant in the City of London, that’s established on the increasingly popular build-your-own format.

Located down the busy thoroughfare of trendy Bow Lane, this fast food place revolves around bespoke curries, kati rolls, salads, and breakfast parathas, while catering for Halal lamb and chicken that’s prepped and cooked separately to any pork on the menu.

The process is fairly simple, and akin, both in layout and exection, to Subways or Gringos, in that once you’ve chosen your desired dish, you’re ready to build it using the relevant ingredients available.

Hence, for a curry, there’s a selection of rice, salads, proteins and dressings to create your version, before having it garnished.

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls TakeawayAlongside a variety of sides, there’s trio of exotic flavoured lassis, chai, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Pali Kitchen is a fairly spacious eatery, with seating for 27, that’s been exquisitely designed.

With eye-catching murals representing three iconic characters, viz. the Chaiwalla, the Dabbawalla and the Flower Girl, founder Anu Kathuria has derived inspiration from Mumbai’s working class, and successfully translated over to create a thought-provoking and colourful interior.

DRINKS

Drinks Beverages Lassi Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Takeaway

(Left-right) Strawberry & Rose Lassi; Chocolate & Raspberry Lassi; Mango & Cardamom Lassi

The best of the three is the Chocolate & Raspberry Lassi that’s well balanced, with the latter coming through strongly enough to leave a tangy aftertaste.

The weakest was the Strawberry & Rose Lassi. Being the most watery in consistency, it had an off-putting sourness to it, with either flavour barely discernible.

And finally, the Mango & Cardamom was the thickest of the lot. But, while the spice failed to make an impact, the sweet mango was quite satisfying.

Tea Coffee Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Takeaway

Masala Tea; Coffee

The watery Masala Tea had the aroma, but somehow lacked said flavour. Conversely, while the aroma of the Coffee was strong enough, some may require some sugar to counter its bitterness, as suggested by the manager.

KATI ROLLS

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Fast Food

Lamb Yakhni – lamb, brown rice, bombay mix, coleslaw, peanuts, spinach, diced tomato, £6.95

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Fast FoodA really well constructed wrap which, when presented in these attractive bowls, certainly score points on presentation.

Having said that though, and in spite of the lamb being soft and relatively fatty, and covered in a raita sauce whose mint component didn’t quite materialise, its overall taste was somewhat underwhelming.

There was also the issue of the watery consistency of sauce appearing to saturate and dilute the flavours of the ingredients therein.

Hence, whilst the roti was good, being thin and chewy, we were expecting far more robust spicy flavours coming through than what we got.

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Fast Food

Saag Paneer Veg – spinach, paneer, chillis, brown rice, tomato, onions, £5.95

This was the best thing (perhaps only rivaled by the Daal below) had on the day.

What made it such a memorable one was the large, gorgeous chunks of expertly made paneer – soft and tender and quite beautiful.

But what really elevated this above the rest was the tamarind sauce, whose depth of flavour, coupled with the solid heat of the chilli (might be a good idea to ask for extra), succeeded in epitomising those quintessential Indian spices we all love.

CURRY BOX

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Fast Food

Chicken Tikka – chicken, rice, chilli, fried onions, raita, salad, lamb salan, £6.95

A decent bowl this Curry Box comprising of an array of flavours and textures which, in spite of the thinly sliced red and green chillis, didn’t quite slap our taste buds as we’d have expected from an Indian curry.

As such, while the mildly marinated chicken was soft and succulent enough, we enjoyed the light acridity and texture of the fried, crispy onions.

However, the lamb salan, or gravy, was again watery, and thus did nothing save spoil the overall consistency of the bowl. The rice too didn’t quite have that freshness about it.

SALAD BOX

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Fast Food

Jackfruit Vegan – jackfruit, chillis, onions, carrots, sweetcorn, spinach, chilli sauce, £6.95

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Fast FoodIf you’re seeking after healthy, with some good bite and texture, then this Jackfruit, totalling “only 220 calories”, may be the option for you.

In this case, it’s not only vegan, but was made up of all the condiments available.

Coated in a subtly spiced marination, the jackfruit was well made, and topped with chillis that combined nicely with the sweetness of the grated carrots and sweetcorn.

And yet, despite the combination of the chillis and the chilli sauce, this was a little simple and could have done with stronger spices.

SIDES

Daal SamosaRajma & RiceRoti
Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Takeaway Lentils Daal

Daal £1.95

Wow! We weren’t expecting a daal as good as this one. If this proves anything, it proves that Pali Kitchen, when they want to, can certainly deliver on the spices necessary in making an Indian dish with oomph.

Why the above rolls, boxes and curries don’t have that same level of vigor is, therefore, aggravating. In any case, this had a beautiful consistency, with a proper tadkha, or tempering, that came through so well. Covered in fried onions, which only helped to enhance its greatness, this is a dish which, despite being a side, we’d actually come back for.

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Takeaway

Samosa £1.50 (x2 £2.00)

This standard vegetable Samosa had a good crispy exterior, which could have done with more sauce (perhaps in bowl instead of being poured over).

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Takeaway

Rajma & Rice Soup £3.50

For £3.50, this was a fairly hefty bowl of Rajma & Rice. The heat coming through from the red bean curry was soothingly satisfying. However, the rice did come across as rather dry.

Pali Kitchen Indian London Curry Kati Rolls Fast Food

Paratha £1.40

This isn’t a paratha in our books! It’s closer to being a roti than a paratha for sure. Essentially, it’s the flat bread used for the aforementioned wraps – nothing more, nothing less.

THE ROAR
Pali Kitchen
2.5 FTL's Roar
1.5 Pride's Roar (2 Roars)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • YES/ YES
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 12/11/18
Facilities
  • DISABLED FACILITIES
  • DELIVEROO
Summary
Having launched in September of this year, Pali Kitchen is a relatively new business, with a novel build-your-own, grab-and-go curry concept, that certainly has potential for growth and expansion. We were left thoroughly impressed with the foundations already laid.

But, moving beyond the setup and the aesthetics of it all, the real success, of course, lies with the food. In this case, we'd say that if Pali Kitchen remains true to the spices of Mumbai, which has also inspired its decor, then similar to the Daal side dish, they'll stand out. For the moment, we found most of their dishes lacking that oomph we've all come to expect of Indian food.

Worth a visit though, particularly if you stick to our menu recommendation below.

Menu Recommendation

Drink - Chocolate & Raspberry Lassi

Side - Daal

Main - Kati Roll (Saag Paneer Veg)

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Pali Kitchen
13 Bow Lane, London EC4M 9AL.

T: +44 (0)20 7248 2169 | W: palikitchen.co.uk | E: info@palikitchen.co.uk

Opening Hours: Sat-Sun CLOSED | Mon-Fri 1100-20:30

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  • Basically this is a insult to Indian food. Pathetic tasteless curries and poor selection of condiments. Once bitten twice shy.

    1 Dec '18

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