There's not many things that i'll get my hand dirty for when eating (try eating crab or some other crustaceans). So unless its fiddly seafood, it generally doesn't happen. But Faheem's proved me wrong. Tandoori chicken got my hands dirty.
Sometimes it is the most unexpected that surprises. This is the case with a night out with the fabulous Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. I kid you not when I say shes down to earth, beautiful, hilarious and a massive inspiration for my food blogging.
(Do excuse me while I continue to fan girl in the corner.)
So when the chance came up to meet and have dinner with the gorgeous Lorraine, I of course left the choice up to the more knowledgable.
Lorraine asked if I wanted to check out Faheem's Fast Foods. I had previously heard raving reviews about this place and many colleagues talk about it so do I have to lose? nothing!
Faheem's touts an unassuming look from the outside but it is the local's gem serving authentic no-frills Pakistani and Indian food. Don't be put up off by the words fast food because they are cetainly setting the bar high.
Faheem's greets you with an intense aroma of tandoori chicken. That can only be a sign of the good things to come no?
After persuing the menu, we decided to check out their drinks selection.
Many choices including lassi and incarnations of your usual soft drinks were available.
We picked the thums up (no typo!) out of novelty value. Thums up is essentially cola from India, it does however have a slight herbal tinge to it.
garlic and kashmiri (not pictured) naan
Living up to its name, food arrived on the table pretty quickly. First up was the naan. The naan is fluffy and as garlicky as one could take. I could easily go through 2-3 myself! We also tried the kashmiri naan, this naan was on the sweet side and I personally didn't enjoy it as much as I'm not a big fan of anything with sultanas.
Haleem's king of Curries
All the neighbouring tables were digging into their curries with gusto so we asked for a recommendation, we were told the Haleem's king of curries was quite popular amongst the diners. You really can't go wrong when a server recommends something!
The soft boneless beef came together perfectly with the lentil based curry, a squeeze of lemon and you are practically in curry heaven!
tandoori chicken original (half)
We couldn't go past the wafting aroma of the tandoori chicken so we opted to try 2 flavours.
First up was the original, the flesh was perfectly marinated and was still juicy and flavoursome.
garlic tandoori chicken (half()
But my heart goes to the garlic version (garlic breath does not concern me!),The intense garlic flavour made this all worthwhile. Tip, get your hands dirty! its worth getting every tiny bit of tandoori goodness out!
lahori fish fry
when 2 food bloggers come together, over-ordering is bound to happen!
Which means a delicious leftovers lunch was had the next day!
That doesn't put us off ordering another dish though! the lahori fish fry!
This fish fry is essentially fish and chips on crack. tender fish fillets were coated lightly in chickpea flour and deep fried. The coating was spicy, herby and heavenly. Mmmm I could do with a plate full for lunch today!
the seating area
paan- palate cleanser
Curiosity is generally a good thing, but in the case of paan,it was definitely an accuired taste.
The betel leaf held strong hints of caradmom, coconut and rosewater, which was rather overpowering and confusing on the palate. sort of like inhaling morning fresh from the kitchen sink.
Being me, I took a second bite to be sure. Note to self, always trust your first instinct.
We were keen to try some authentic kulfi but unfortunately this prepacked kulfi was a let down. Lucid green in colour and lack of psitachio flavouring. It was also icy and impossible to bite from.
Easily missed food gem on the busy Enmore Rd.
My tips? skip the sweets and drinks and load up on the naan, curries and chicken. trust me, you won't regret it.
Fancy something sweet? head down to Hartsyard (proper food post to come!) for their weekly soft serve special.
Hartsyard's Sticky date pudding soft serve
After a night of stuffing our faces, it was definitely time to head home for a nice long snooze. The food coma hit and my eyelids were drooping by the time I got on the train. Thank god I didn't miss my stop!
Till next time,
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