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Restaurant review: Palki

According to a 2017 poll, Britain’s favourite take-way food is Chinese, which is a shame since we don’t have a Chinese in Golborne. But we do have a restaurant where you can order the second-placed cuisine, Indian. Step forward the excellent Palki at 44 Golborne Road.

Food historians tell us that the first dedicated curry restaurant, the Hindoostanee Coffee House, was opened in London by Sake Dean Mahomed in 1810. Palki had been at its current site since rather more recently, but it’s been a firm fixture on the Golborne restaurant scene for many years.

Evening Standard restaurant critic Fay Maschler reviewed the restaurant a while back. Her review approvingly quoted the recommendation a reader had sent her, “…the tastes are clean and delicious. There are a different variety of interesting and different dishes at extremely reasonable prices.” Golborne Life can vouch that those words, although written some time ago still ring true today.

Maschler went on to write, “Tandoori Crab – crabmeat stirred with spices and fried – was fierce and good and the Onion Bhaji freshly fried and feathery light. Chapatis also had a nice immediacy to their preparation.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Palki offers cuisine originating from several Indian regions and features some dishes that are rarely found on standard Indian restaurant menus. Dishes to look out for include the subtly spiced Chicken Sylhet with a refreshing keynote taste of tamarind. The Bengali Fish Bhuna is made with a river fish called ayer whose mild flavour pairs well with the spicy bhuna sauce.

Maschler gave her blessing to the Chapatis and in fact all of the breads are outstanding, Nans – no less than six varieties, Parathas and Tandoori Rotis. Eat in order a delivery (no extra charge or collect an order yourself and get a 10% discount. Palki doesn’t serve alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own and there’s no corkage charge.

Palki
palkirestaurant.co.uk

020 8968 0393
020 8968 8764

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday - 6pm to 11:30pm
Friday and Saturday - 6pm to midnight.