A Local Indian with Style and Class – Amani:
Imperial Wharf station, home to Chelsea Harbour is a 15 minute walk or a 3 minute train journey from home, so when I was invited to the newly opened Amani I was rather pleased. It’s not often I really to get an offer to review a local restaurant. And I like Indian food. Imperial Wharf and Chelsea Harbour is, however, not somewhere I visit regularly. In fact about the only time I wander down to the river that way is to visit the 606 club. We wandered into a large modern building and found the entrance to Amani tucked away in the corner. If I’m honest it looked a little inauspicious.
But, it was actually rather a chilly spring evening so we stayed firmly indoors.
Our starter was a mixed platter to share.
This is one of those dishes where my photography has really failed to show the spectacular food. There was a mixture of perfectly prepared and cooked prawns, various tikka chicken dishes, fish cakes, lamb galouti and the star dish, fennel lamb chops.
We both ended up eating fish as our main dish. Simon’s seared fillet of red mullet came with a spicy Goan sauce and roasted vegetables. It did have some heat to it but was still a delicate and refined dish
My baked halibut in a moilee sauce was an elegant and refined spicy coconut laced dish.
Served with sides of chick pea cooked with dry mango and garlic and a tarka dall we felt very well fed by the end of the starters and mains.
But our generous host brought out a selection of beautifully presented desserts
If you visit – and you should do so if you have the chance, do try the spiced carrot cake with carrot and ginger ice cream. And save more space than I did for the Thandai ice cream, a classic indian spiced milk ice-cream.
Prices are reasonable and the food is a good step up from your ‘Local Indian’. This is fine dining Indian style.
For me though, what makes Amani special is the passion behind the concept and the enthusiasm of the people running this place to make it a success. If I am honest, I think the owners may struggle in the sterile vacuum of Chelsea Harbour, which would be a real shame, because the intention is good and the cooking is excellent. So why not try for yourself? I’d love to see it succeed and bring a much needed infusion of Indian spice to this part of West London.