I normally wouldn’t recommend going to an Indian restaurant for a date, masses of high fat food packed with spices can have an adverse effect but Quilon is not that type of restaurant. Smart, slick and stylish, Quilon is a very good Indian restaurant, a Michelin Star one in fact.
On arrival my date and I were greeted by a very friendly waitress who took our coats and bags then seated us. It wasn’t very busy as it was a Tuesday lunchtime so was to be somewhat expected. We took advantage of their great value lunch menu which was £24 for 3 courses with tea or coffee. It turned out to be more than just 3 courses; it turned out to be a banquet!
As an entrée, mini poppadom’s with chutneys. The chutneys were not your standard mango chutney or chopped onions oh no these were serious flavour sensations that tickle your tongue and excite your mouth, I can’t really remember what they were but all were excellent. For the starters we had Coconut Cream Chicken and Pepper Prawns, the prawns were unreal, we could have easily demolished a few more plates of them. Crispy, spicy and perfectly cooked, each one was a delight.
Onto the mains, a Lamb Biryani and the Fish Curry, with this they brought sides to compliment the dishes; Tomato Rice, Pachadi (yoghurt with pineapple and pomegranate), Chickpea Masala and a paratha each. The lamb in the biryani was melt in the mouth, no fat or funny bits that often come with it lower down the spectrum. The fish curry was rich and the fish perfectly cooked however it could have done with a little more spice as the rich creaminess of the sauce took over a little. The chickpea masala was hot and hit the spot in terms of heat, not too spicy but had a definite kick, the cool yoghurt with fruit helped to bring our mouth’s back to earth.
For dessert we had the caramelised banana pudding served with banana parfait and the Bibinca & Dodhol (layers of coconut pancakes with chocolate sauce between them) a goan speciality, served warm with vanilla ice cream. We were getting seriously full by this point and thought it was the end but oh no, on it went. The meal was finished off with tea and a chocolate, we went for the Assam and the Jasmine tea, we didn’t drink much of it though it was a lovely end to the relaxed 2 hour feast we had endured.
Quilon is a great place for sharing food with your date and the lunch is fantastic value, the bill came to £68.50 for two with a drink each. The food and service were amazing and at this price it is well worth a visit if you have a day off.