Exquisite Indian Food
Posted on 03 / 16 / 2015
Wow. I like to think I know a good curry and this place definitely does that. Actually though that's underselling the quality of the food, it was the best curry I've ever eaten.
Walking into Sanskruti it looks humble and unassuming, quite like many great curry houses. Front-of-house staff were really friendly in conversation and showed us to our table. It's quite a nice space to eat in but who cares about that when the food is so good.
We ordered starters and five curries for main (with three different types of bread). I had sev puri to stat which was very nice but slightly underwhelming when placed in the context of the rest of the meal. I'd still give it a solid 8/10, the papdi were crisp and fresh, nice tamarind chutney and the potato and chick peas made for a tasty filling.
Here's where it gets interesting... the curries. We had two dahls, makhani (veganised, so without butter/cream) and tarka. Both are favourites of mine, although I don't usually get the choice of a vegan makhani, I rarely have a curry without one or the other. Both were the finest dahls I've ever had. The depth of flavour they get into these is extraordinary, particularly as the spicing is subtle.
Ridiculously, those weren't even my highlight of the meal. That award goes to the channa masala. Unctuous tomato flavour, slightly hotter than the dahls with a stronger spice profile. Utterly delicious. It came with three puris, which are like mini fried rotis. When the channa was scooped up with these it was just heavenly. Absolutely faultless.
Along with these puris we had a family naan (which was huge, vegan and great value) and a paratha (again made vegan). You can usually tell a lot about an Indian restaurant by its breads and these were all good.
The other curries were a sev and tomato dish and a char grilled aubergine curry. The sev and tomato dish was very nice and was something I hadn't seen at many other places. It was really good but not as much to my taste as the other curries, having said that I loved the methi in it. The aubergine was great, smoky and intensely flavoursome, it was great with some soft naan.
I didn't intend to write such an extensive review but my experience at Sanskruti was so positive it inspired me to do so. What I haven't mentioned is how good it is for vegans, with over half the menu vegan or with the possibility of being made vegan. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
Brilliant food, plenty of vegan options, great service, great value.