The Painted Heron

Meal courtesy of the Painted Heron.

Bloggers event attended and written by Bella H, reviewed by Steph

The Painted Heron (8 of 31) History and Background:

The painted Heron describes itself as a “Contemporary dining room with upscale Indian menu and an outdoor cigar lounge.” It’s slightly off the beaten track on a quiet corner on riverside Cheyne Walk in Chelsea. It is obviously popular for those celebrating, as the restaurant was noticeably busy for a Wednesday evening, with happy birthdays being sung all around. This could have been a factor in the slow service we experienced; it took over 2 and half hours for all the courses to be served!

The meal:

We chose two mixed starters, the fish starter, which included Pollock fish tikka, tandoori roasted tiger prawns, and soft shell crab, and, the meat starter, containing wagyu beef kebab and lamb chops.

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The Pollock tikka was a highlight and the prawn had a great smoky taste.  The wagyu beef was succulent and the best item on the meat starter; the lamb however was a little chewy.

I was at first hesitant to try the palette cleanser, avocado lassi, however, I was pleasantly surprised. The added cumin gave it a little kick while being very refreshing. A light relief after some spicy food!

The Pollock tikka was a highlight and the prawn had a great smoky taste.  The wagyu beef was succulent and the best item on the meat starter; the lamb however was a little chewy.

The Painted Heron (21 of 31)I was at first hesitant to try the palette cleanser, avocado lassi, however, I was pleasantly surprised. The added cumin gave it a little kick while being very refreshing. A light relief after some spicy food!

Palettes cleansed, we moved onto mains. We had big selection of curries to sample including chicken tikka sweet chilli, black tiger prawns, rose veal and a super “hot” lamb shank super. The chicken tikka sweet chilli stood out the most, while the sweet chilli didn’t stand out, it had a distinct smoky and sweet flavour and I found myself going back for more.

The ‘osso bucco’ lamb shank was also lovely, tender meat, but I found the super hot flavour too overpowering to enjoy. Maybe those with a higher spice tolerance would like more!

To accompany the curries there was naan, yellow lentils and spinach, asparagus and okra and watercress, mango and sweet corn salad.  The mango salad was a much-needed fruity addition to combat the spice from the different curries.The Painted Heron (31 of 31)

The finish, we indulged in carrot halva profiteroles, gulab juman black forest and rose petal ice cream. There were mixed opinions on this one. It was nicely presented, and the rose in the ice cream was refreshingly fragrant and not too overpowering, however the profiterole was a little dry.

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It was a good, unique meal in a lovely location but I would only recommend to those willing to spend that little extra for something different to traditional Indian cuisine.

 Price: £££

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