There are many superb restaurants in and around London, but for halal diners, it can still be a challenge to find restaurants that not only offer great halal food and excellent service, but also an overall dining experience that will leave an ever lasting impression, especially if you are looking for a venue to celebrate a very special occasion.
One such restaurant that will leave a lasting memory is Sindhu, located in the picturesque riverside resort and Georgian market town of Marlow, which is just one hour outside of London. The AA Rosette Award winning restaurant is adjoined to the MacDonald Compleat Angler luxury hotel, which overlooks the idyllic and scenic vista of the Thames River, Marlow Weir and a historical bridge, which was opened in 1832 that joins together the counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The restaurant itself is elegant in decor and has a boutique style ambiance. Furthermore, there is ample free parking, which is a rare commodity these days.
If the location and the decor is not enough to pique your interest, then maybe the fact that the restaurant is owned by none other than two Michelin Star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar will. Sindhu offers the same refined contemporary Indian flavours as renowned Benares, but also provides an amazing setting that is very difficult to find.
As confirmed by the restaurant, the chicken and lamb are halal.
To begin our foray in fine dinning, we opted for the “Tandoori Ratan (For Two)”, consisting of tandoor grilled saffron prawns, which were deliciously smoky, juicy and meaty. The sea bass was soft and supple, with a delightful crispy skin, along with a hint of curry spice. Basil chicken tikka was moist and succulent with a smoky, chargrilled tandoor flavour, which was further accentuated by the sweet, peppery and savoury flavour of the basil. The lamb seekh kebab was simply divine. The meat was so soft that it evaporated in the mouth. The kebab was well-balanced with curry spices and also provided a sensational gentle kick of heat that brought jubilation to the palate. Furthermore, the salad was also delectable, providing a peppery and mustard taste due to the rocket and watercress, while the dressing was sweet and citrusy. Price: £28.00 – Highly Recommended
The “Seafood Maanga Charu”, consisting of pan seared prawn, hand dived scallop, sea-trout and grey mullet, for my palate was exceptional in taste and texture. All the components of the seafood were prepared impeccably, delivering on a number of flavour combinations that teased and tantalised my taste buds. Furthermore, the mango puree was sublime, as it was velvety smooth and sweet, but balanced with a trace of heat, which was piquantly glorious. Only aspect of the dish I did not find pleasant was the salad, which contained raw chickpeas, and in my opinion, did not compliment the dish. Price: £25.00 – Recommended
The “Lamb Chettinaad” was tandoor grilled lamb cutlets with Chettinaad spices, polenta and kachumbar salad. The lamb was cooked faultlessly, as it was tender, soft, meaty and buttery in texture. The cutlets had a smoky chargrilled flavour with the spices culminating together to provide a Rogan Josh style jus. Each bite of the lamb was euphoric and the humble kachumbar salad delivered a refreshingly sweet and acidic flavour to counterbalance the moreishly savoury meat. Price: £26.00 – Recommended
No meal can ever be complete without dessert. We had to order the “Blueberry Bhapa Doi”, especially after trying a similar version at Benares. Have to say, this incarnation was even better. The sweet, cool, luscious yogurt was magnificent. My only compliant would be that I was yearning for more as soon as it finished. Price: £8.00 – Highly Recommended
The “Poached Pear” with saffron was not a dish that we intended to ordered. Unfortunately the staff got our order wrong; in all fairness, it was a miscommunication on our part, but we decided to not change it, thinking it would be good. Unfortunately we were wrong. The pear, was just a pear. It was too firm to eat with a spoon and the flavour of the saffron was too mild to be enjoyed. Price: £8.00 – Not Recommended
The simple fact is, any restaurant that is associated with chef Atul Kochhar will not disappoint. There is a reason why chef Atul was the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin Star, as his contemporary take on Indian cuisine delivers wondrous flavours.
Our overall experience, barring Poached “Peargate”, was exceptional. The serene postcard surrounding combined with the impressive food makes Sindhu the perfect restaurant, especially if you are looking for somewhere outstanding to celebrate a very special occasion.
Address: Marlow Bridge Ln, Bisham, Marlow, SL7 1RG