Dinner at Shayona

Rating: 9 / 10

Nearest Tube: Stonebridge Park (Bakerloo Line) or the 206 bus

Service Time: 10 minutes

Address: 54 – 62 Meadow Garth, Neasden, London, NW10 8HD

Website: http://www.shayonarestaurants.com

This is one of our favourite places to eat Indian food in London. It is located opposite the Swaminaryan Temple in Neasden which is one of London’s hidden gems. The cuisine is exclusively vegetarian, but without onions or garlic (you would never know!). The food is fresh and flavoursome and the portions are a good size. Always make sure you ask for their house green chutney which is a great addition to the starters.

Swaminaryan Temple
Swaminaryan Temple

We went early on a Sunday evening to miss the Sunday night rush. The decor is colourful and modern and the ambiance calm and family friendly as no alcohol is served. For starters, we ordered Crispy Khumb (deep fried mushrooms stuffed with paneer and spices), Aloo Sweetcorn Tikki (crispy patties stuffed sweetcorn and potatoes topped with yogurt, cheddar, and chutneys – heaven on a plate!) and Chilli Paneer (Indian cottage cheese marinated in a tangy tomato chilli sauce). For mains we had very little room left so we shared the Malai Kofta Curry (dumplings made of paneer, cauliflower and dry fruits served in a rich cream cashew nut gravy) accompanied by a butter nan which was truly exquisite – true to its name, it’s safe to say that it promptly melted in my mouth.

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We left the restaurant with our bellies feeling very content and we couldn’t fault any of the food. The waiters could be a little more attentive and the restaurant is a little off the beaten track, but when your food arrives, all this will pale into insignificance.

Bill for 2 people:

1 x Falooda = £3.70

1 x Crispy Khumb = £6.90

1 x Chilli Paneer = £6.25

1 x Sweetcorn Aloo Tikki = £5.75

1 x Malai Kofta Curry = £6.50

1 x Butter Nan = £2.50

TOTAL BILL = £31.85

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