Sophisticated Indian Dining at The Red Fort Soho
March 27, 2017
Indian food has quickly become one of my favourite cuisines in London. There is nothing like going out for a delicious curry with friends after work. To me, it’s the definition of comfort food – fragrant, filling and I always seem to leave an Indian restaurant feeling satisfied. There are so many fantastic Indian restaurants in London and The Red Fort in Soho is absolutely superb.
Founded in 1983, The Red Fort is one of those very established and well respected Indian restaurants in London and has been praised by some of the world’s most high profile food critics (we can’t praise it enough ourselves). The restaurant is known for its Mughal court cookings, combining high quality British produce with sub-continental flavours to create refined Indian dishes served with a wonderful range of sommelier selected wines.
We visited on a Thursday evening and were met with a kind handshake as we walked in. The server talked us though the lovely menu, filled with everything from Soft Shell Crab , Tandoori Chicken to the more exotic Monkfish Tikka and Khargosh Achaari – rabbit spiced roasted with mustard, chilli, fennel and onion seeds. All of the breads and chutneys are homemade as well. The menu ranges from very mild to spicy, perfect for any palate.
More often than not, my dining companion and I always have the hardest time deciding on what to have for dinner so once again we left it up to the server to bring us a selection of his recommendations. I highly recommend doing this as you get to try things you wouldn’t normally have chosen and it’s just fun to try something new once in a while!
Our server brought us out the Monkfish Tikka, the most gorgeous, delicately spiced grilled monkfish with ginger and saffron. The Monkfish was tender and juicy, served with a spritz of lime, they were the perfect starter. We also greatly enjoyed the Soft Shell Crabs – crispy baby crabs spiced with curry leaf and chilli in a light batter and fried to perfection. Paired with the mango chutney, this dish was superb.
The truth is, the starters are so fantastic at The Red Fort, that you could come here for a glass of wine and share a selection of starters. In fact, they do have that option on the menu. For £30, you can share the Spiced Marinated King Prawns, salmon tikka, seekh kebab, Tandoori chicken wings, and spinach and fenugreek patties. Definitely the route we’re going down next time around!
Our mains were equally as stunning as our starters. Our served brought out Began Jumbo Prawns marinated with saffron, chilli and garlic. These prawns were cooked to perfection and incredibly juicy and flavourful. A highlight of the evening. We also enjoyed French corn-fed chicken tikka breast with basil, mustard paste and black pepper. I am a huge fan of chicken tikka and these tender, aromatic pieces of chicken were divine. I was so impressed at this point how perfectly cooked everything was.
To mop everything up, we had fresh naan bread and rice on the side. You can’t have a curry and not have the naan!
Curry always fills me up so quickly, and I must say I didn’t think I could indulge anymore, but the phenomenal sommelier convinced me with a glass of dessert wine and a refreshing Aam Ki Kulfi – Indian Mango Ice Cream that paired perfectly with a glass of the Conte D’Attimis-Maniago 2014. A perfectly sweet ending to our perfectly savoury meal.
It’s no surprise that The Red Fort is so well respected and continues to attract celebrities, politicians and entrepreneurs. The service is outstanding and the food, well, I don’t have enough fantastic words to say about it. Each dish surprised me more than the last – this is Indian cooking at it’s finest.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Colleen Monaghan