“ Address: 167-169 Wardour Street / London / W1F 8WR / England „
Imli is a contemporary Indian restaurant which serves tapas-style dishes. I first heard about Imli about a year ago when I read a positive review in the local newspaper. I thought it would be the ideal sort of restaurant for me as I love Indian food and I love tapas. I always find the choice at restaurants overwhelming and it takes me ages to decide so being able to choose several dishes is ideal. I visited with my boyfriend and had the pre-theatre menu offer.
* * * *Restaurant/Location* * * *
Imli is located on Wardour Street in London (W1F 8WR). The restaurant itself is nice, bright and contemporary. My first impressions were very good, the restaurant is very clean. We visited on a Tuesday night arriving at 5:30pm.The restaurant was quiet when we arrived, however, by the time we were leaving at restaurant it was very full. If visiting in the evening or at the weekend it may be best to book a table.
* * * *Menu/Food* * * *
Imli's tapas-style food is perfect for sharing. The menu recommends that 3 tapas dishes per person is the equivalent of a two course meal. All dishes are brought to the table together rather than as separate courses. There are several different menus available; the lunch menu (Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm), the pre-theatre meal deal (Mon-Sat 3pm-6.30pm) and the regular menu.
We chose the pre-theatre deal which involves a choice of one dish from 3 separate sections of a limited menu. There is not a wide range of choice, the first section of the menu has 3 'starter style' tapas to choose from, the second section has 3 'curry style' tapas served with rice and then there is a choice of mango and basil sorbet or chocolate and orange zest ice cream for dessert. This costs £9.95 per person which I felt was excellent value for money. I had just the right amount of food but if I had been really hungry or had a larger appetite I may have been left dissatisfied as the portion sizes are very small. I had potato cakes infused with ginger, chillies and drizzled with chutney followed by chicken in a green chilli coriander sauce with rice. I finished off with the chocolate and orange ice cream. The potato cakes were very nice but a little too gingery for my tastes. The chicken was lovely and really tender with just the right amount of spice. The chocolate ice cream was lovely but I would have liked a larger portion size!
The regular menu had a very wide choice. The menu is split into several sections:
* Cold - includes papadums, chicken satay, salad.
* Hot - selection of breads and dipping sauces, samosas, bhajis, chicken wings.
* Pan grilled - potato cakes, chicken cakes, stuffed paneer, lamb kebabs, masala grilled chicken.
* Fish and seafood - crispy fried squid, cumin prawns, battered fish.
* Chicken and lamb - chicken in tomato and cashew nut sauce, lamb curry, spicy minced lamb.
* Vegetarian - paneer, aubergine masala, vegetable pakora.
* Side dishes - Daal, raita, bombay aloo, naan bread.
There are a range of set menus available to share for a minimum of two people.
There are a wide range of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available. Alcoholic drinks include a cocktail selection and liquers.
* * * *Service/ Overall Experience* * * *
Overall I really enjoyed my meal. The staff were very friendly, welcoming and attentive. The bill for two of us came to £27 including a bottle of beer and a small glass of white wine. The food was delicious and it was nice to try something a bit different. Although I would say that if you have a large appetite then the pre-theatre menu may not be filling enough for you.
Modern Indian Tapas