Rating: 8 / 10
Nearest Tube: Alperton (Piccadilly Line) / Wembley Central (Bakerloo Line or Overground)
Service Time: 15 minutes
Address: 127 – 129 Ealing Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 4BP
Sakonis is somewhat of an institution in Indian vegetarian cuisine and has been around since 1984! I have many fond memories of eating there as a child with my family. It was one of London’s most popular Indian eateries, but has sadly declined in popularity since then due to lack of consistency in the quality of food. On our last visit, however, we were pleasantly surprised. The interior has had a long overdue makeover and the menu is much easier to navigate. Most importantly, the food gave us reason to blog this establishment!
The menu is reasonably varied and incorporates a number of Indo-Chinese fusion dishes. For those who are unfamiliar with this style of cuisine, it is the best of Indian and Chinese food in one wonderful melange!
We had Chilli Paneer, which lived up to its name in spice – Indian cottage cheese marinated in a tomato chilli mixture with onions, garlic and peppers. Ask for medium/mild if you aren’t used to heavily-spiced food. We also had Chole Bhatura, a common dish served on the streets of Mumbai – creamy chickpea curry with two delicious fried breads made from chickpea flour, yoghurt and fenugreek. We devoured the breads within minutes of them arriving at the table, so we decided to order something more to soak up the curry. We ordered a Garlic Naan which was nothing to write home about. In hindsight, we should have just ordered more bhatura! We washed it all down with a pot of mint tea – we asked for more fresh mint to be added to the pot as they were a little stingy!
Despite the disappointment of the naan, our stomachs were very satisfied with what we were served. We’re already looking forward to our next visit as we can’t wait to try the Garlic Mushrooms and the Veg Manchurian (a soupy and spicy dish of vegetable Chinese dumplings). They also offer a buffet at lunch and dinner times which is a good way of trying lots of different foods without ordering everything on the menu and breaking the bank in the process!
Customer service lacked warmth, but that soon became irrelevant once we’d tucked into the food. My only other minor grumble was in relation to the temperature of the Chilli Paneer – I like my food to arrive piping hot. In spite of this, we will no doubt return!
Bill for 2 people:
1 x Chilli Paneer = £7.49
1 x Chole Bhatura = £6.99
1 x Fresh Mint Tea = £1.99
1 x Garlic Naan = £2.20
Service Charge (10%) = £1.87
TOTAL BILL = £20.54