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Indian Restaurant – The Grand Trunk Road, East London

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What I loved about visitng The Grand Trunk Road for lunch:

Great Indian food using local produce. Busy restaurant – even at lunchtime – and I can understand why!

Worth traveling to South Woodford for?

Yes, and I would travel there again! 

Expect:

Traditional Indian food elevated and served with a twist but with the flavours we know and love! Head Chef Sharma and Restaurant Owner Rajesh Suri, whose paths first crossed whilst working at the first Indian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star have explored the length and breadth of the Grand Trunk Road, seeking inspiration for the menu at Grand Trunk Road restaurant. Their vision is to offer diners a timeless gastronomic journey filled with heady spices and delicate flavours. 

Value for money:

10/10

Location:

South Woodford, London 

Grand Trunk Road is the mastermind of chef Rajesh Suri, who was awarded the first Michelin star for Indian cuisine in 2001. He and Dayashankar Sharma, the head chef, at Grand Trunk Road went on an actual road trip down the ‘Grand Trunk Road’. Grand Trunk Road was ancient India’s first route for traders, leading from Kabul to Kolkata in a long stretch of commerce and compelling recipes that survive to this day. 

On this road trip, they tasted all the traditional dishes from all the countries and towns they passed, and by inspiration, they leveled up those dishes and translated this on their menu. What I think is also fantastic is that they buy most of their produce from local markets and shops!  

We chose the lunch set menu and had the following: 

Starters 

  • Popadoms with dips (Mango & Chilli flakes, Beetroot & fennel, Apple & Ginger and Mint yogurt) 
  • Tilapia fish fillet w/ mint chutney
  • Potato and pannier cakes w/ tamarind chutney  
  • Aromatic spiced chicken kebab w/ yogurt 

Mains 

  • Sea bass fillets in a creamy light coconut sauce 
  • Boneless chicken thigh marinated with spices, raw green mango, Dry fenugreek & smoked over charcoal
  • New potatoes 
  • Three mixed yellow lentils
  • Basmati steamed Rice
  • Naan Bread
  • Spiced Okra (extra)
  • Saag paneer with aromatic spices (extra)

Dessert 

  • Rose and avocado Ice cream & Mango sorbet – BEST ICE CREAM EVER! 

 

Everyone I know who has been said that this place was sensational, so I already had high expectations. We had the set lunch menu which was great because we got to try a little of everything, for the amount of food you get the price of £28.50pp was a great price to spend as you’re getting so much for your money. 

I’m not over exaggerating when I say that everything tasted UNREAL and everything was cooked with love and tasted so fresh and flavourful. The restaurant was buzzing and was full of lunch diners, I really can’t recommend this place enough.

My favourite dish of them all was the Rose and Avocado ice cream. It was so moreish, creamy, and delicious this was. I never usually like rose as it’s too floral for my liking, but I wasn’t surprised this flavour won awards. The chef and host were also so so lovely and very attentive in the restaurant. 

Can’t wait to go back again once we’re out of Tier 4! In the meantime though, they are offering a takeaway service.

Find out more via their website or visit their Instagram.

Enjoy!

Sophia x

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