I was recently invited to Potli in Hammersmith to celebrate The Kebab Festival (August 25th-12th September) which they launched in honour of their 10th anniversary. I was excited to try their authentic Indian cuisine in their warm and vibrant location.
Since its opening in August 2011, Potli strives to bring the best and most authentic Indian Marketplace cuisine to London. By blending the freshest local produce with exotic spices—which they roast and grind daily—they have created a menu of dynamic dishes, representative of food ‘bazaars’ from across India. Around 37 spices are used in their kitchen and each dish is prepared with its own unique mix of spices and it shows. I ordered a papadum basket to start with which may or may not have been a good idea as it took up the space I needed to reserve for my main meal but I have no regrets – the homemade chutneys were delicious!
For the starters we went for a mixed kebab platter which was created especially for The Kebab Festival and consisted of a selection of Murgh banjara (our platter had salmon instead of chicken as we had meat for our mains), Barra chops (lamb) and Tandoori phool, chunky soya marinated in home pounded tandoori served with creamy broccoli. The salmon was flaky and not overcooked, the lamb was not overcooked at all and the soya and vegetables were very well seasoned. This gave us a great indication of how good the quality of the cooking would be for our mains.
What I particularly enjoyed about this platter aside from the freshness of the ingredients was the fact that I could taste the depth of the spices used, I love spicy (read as chilli hot) food but this reminded me that spicy food doesn’t necessarily just have to be peppery. For mains we went for tandoori chicken (which is starter but can be eaten as a main if ordered with sides), lamb coconut fry made with tender cuts of Kentish lamb, spices, coconut, curry leaves and crushed black pepper and pilau rice. The chicken was moist and tender and the lamb was absolutely delicious and flavoursome.
Although I was an invited guest I observed quite quickly all customers are treated with the care and attention that you would expect from a restaurant which cares about customer service. The atmosphere was warm, friendly and laid back and I would absolutely recommend that you should pay Potli a visit whether you’re in West London or now – it’s definitely worth it, you won’t be disappointed.