Imli

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this restaurant on Wardour Street, but I am pleased to tell you that I thought it was shu-mazing* (hello new word!). Being Indian and going to countless Indian restaurants in central and north London means that I am an experienced critic of all things curry (only veggie though, sorry!). As I had realised that I had unintentionally completed Dry January due to the lack of going out, we immediately ordered some cocktails, which were 2 for 1 so double the fun (Dad joke alert).

I always find that the starters are better than the mains in Indian cuisine, but these starter dishes exceeded all my expectations! The one dish that I would really recommend is the grilled paneer and broccoli. I can never go to an Indian restaurant without ordering paneer; it’s my safe option, however I was a bit apprehensive about paneer being teamed with broccoli, but trust me it’s surprisingly scrumptious. I am a very fussy eater, so if I liked it, you are guaranteed to love it.  Unfortunately I couldn’t take pictures of all the dishes because the Kotecha cousins are like Monica from Friends – if you don’t eat fast, you don’t eat! So here is a selection of some of the starters we ordered.

All in all, I will definitely be visiting Imli again in the near future.

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

* Shu-mazing: an adaptation of Nicole Scherzinger’s phrase Schmazing. No copyright infringement intended. :)imliimliLychee delight

a few of the starters

Papdi chaat

Papdi chaat
Aloo Matar ki Tikki Ragdo

Aloo Matar ki Tikki Ragdo

The famous grilled paneer and broccoli

The famous grilled paneer and broccoli

A trip to the Natural History Museum!

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Apparently you can have dinner parties in this room! That’s going on the bucket list.

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There’s something about museums that I just simply can’t get enough of. I think it’s the nostalgic feeling of going on school trips – the tradition of fighting for the back seats on the coach (only “cool kids” allowed, so that’s me out!), the work-sheets (call me a geek, but they are fun and you learn a little something too) and buying endless pencil sharpeners and rubbers at the gift shop!

Who doesn’t love the Natural History Museum?! It’s located in one of the best parts of London, South Kensington, with the Science Museum (for the science geeks) and V&A (fashion geeks) only a short walk away. The building itself is spectacular and even if you don’t fancy walking around inside, you can ice-skate just outside of the building in the winter and have picnics on the green in the summer.

As the famous T-Rex wasn’t working (sad times, I know), my friend and I decided to channel our inner David Attenborough and explore the Earth and mammal rooms. We also went to the David Attenborough Studio where they were showing his best work and discoveries. They showed this amazing clip of a Lyre Bird who mimics sounds he hears in the forest – even camera shutters and chainsaws! Take a look, trust me it’s worth it:

The best things about the Natural History Museum:

  •        The fun virtual activities and games.
  •        The iconic dinosaur skeleton in the entrance.

The not-so-great things about the Natural History Museum:

  •        The broken T-Rex.
  •       Advice – avoid school holidays! I love kids, but when you’re waiting for your turn    on the interactive games, waiting for a 5 year old to finish pressing all the buttons for 10 minutes isn’t exactly fun.

Carom

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Indian cuisine together with Italian has always been my go-to, if I’m not feeling particularly adventurous and want to play it safe. Carom in Soho is definitely on my repeat list, the ambience, excellent service and yummy curries really do give this place a thumbs up from me. The food choice was not typical to that of an Indian restaurant, as the menu incorporated foods from different regions of India, instead of one specific area.

The atrium and bar area are decorated with Carrom boards on the wall, which took me back to my childhood of playing the game with my cousins. If you’re not familiar with the game, Carrom is similar to Pool, but replace the cues with your finger-nails. Warning: game is not manicure friendly.

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