Posted on 11 / 08 / 2008
I recently visited Kalpna for the first time since the redecoration, and the new look is superb. If you are familiar with Indian mirrored embroidery, imagine that in cream-coloured plasterwork.
I'd been putting off my return because the prices have gone up quite steeply - Â£13.50 for the vegan thali - but I had something to celebrate. I opted for the thali; my (omni) partner for one of the seasonal specials - paneer dumplings with pomegranate and other fruits in a creamy sauce.
And soon we learned that the increase in quality far outweighed the increase in price - the food was stunning in both flavour and presentation. The thali starter came first, and was presented with a fresh fruit and mint chutney, and sev, delicately scattered on the plate. The thali itself included three curries, bread, rice, mango pulp, tamarind sauce, and a dessert, none of them your conventional curry house fare.
The green-vegetable averse and omni partner complained that he didn't think he had that much choice, but he enjoyed what he did have.
spectacular food, good vegan choices, interesting menu
expensive (but worth it!)