The Red Fort is not a typical Indian restaurant. No Bollywood music or Ganesha figurines in sight. Instead I am surrounded by tables laid with plush white tablecloths and elegant glass and silverware in a room of tasteful, muted tones. Am I in the right place? The smell of cloves and cardamom suggests that I am.
The Red Fort is in the Michelin guide and the prices on the a la carte menu reflect that, but they also do a set menu, which is a steal at £15 for two courses or £18 for three. Perhaps a little more than an average Indian meal, but the portions are quite substantial and the quality far surpasses anything else I’ve had in London, or anywhere else for that matter.
The elegance of the decor extended to the food. Flavours still packed a punch, but there was an element of delicacy and refinement which gave it an edge over most Indian meals I have eaten. Care had been taken in the selection and cooking of aromatics and spices, which could be singled out and identified, and it was far less greasy than your average Indian meal.