Nazmins is on Garratt Lane, a stones throw from Earlsfield Station. It’s our nearest Indian restaurant and when we first moved here it quickly became our favourite. In recent years though the food has deteriorated, the restaurant was reduced in size, and they stopped having an alcohol license. All of this led us to look for a new favourite curry house, of which there are plenty in Tooting.
However, having not tried Nazmins for at least 2 years, we thought it would only be fair to give them another go and we are really pleased that we did. We had a table for 4 on Saturday evening at 7.30pm, and our initial impressions of the decor and ambience was good, it was warm and inviting.
We were seated at a table near the front and ordered some papadums and a pickle tray to munch on whilst we looked at the menu.
The pickle tray included an onion salad, mango chutney and raita. All were lovely and came in a generous sized portion for us to share.
Between us we ordered a mixed starter, onion bhajis and a king prawn butterfly. For our mains we went for a chicken dansak, a chicken tikka masala, a chicken dopiaza and a chicken madras (lots of chicken, we know!). We also chose a garlic naan bread, a peshwari naan, a mushroom rice and a pilau rice.
The starters arrived and looked and smelt delicious. The onion bhajis were a very generous size and came with a raita dip alongside them. They were cooked to perfection; nice and soft in the middle and crunchy on the outside with a good amount of flavour and seasoning. The mixed starter, with its chicken and lamb tikka, was also good.
The prawn was interesting. I think we were expecting 2 or 3 prawns. Instead we were served one very impressively sized prawn that had been butterflied and then battered. It was nicely cooked and tasted great too.
At this point , we were wondering why it had taken us so long to come back here so were keen to see how the mains fared.
We were not disappointed. The mains were all really tasty and it was pleasing to see that the ratio of meat/veg to sauce was very good. All in all, our chicken dishes were very tasty, and they were thoroughly enjoyed. The chicken dansak was a lovely combination of hot, sweet and sour and the chicken was moist and tender. It was absolutely delicious. The chicken dopiaza, with its tomatoes and onions and mild heat was lovely.
The dopiaza at the top of the pic, the dansak at the bottom.
The chicken tikka masala was just as you’d expect; good colour, lovely flavour, and it went brilliantly with the very coconutty peshwari naan.
Finally the madras, with its thick sauce and a lovely kick of heat to it, went down very nicely indeed.
By the end of the meal we were all very happy with what we had eaten and were left wondering why we had taken so long to give Nazmins another try. Since our last visit the food has improved massively and we really enjoyed the atmosphere in the restaurant. Seeing as Nazmins is so close to us, we are really excited that they are back on form.