Gujarati Indian fusion food at Sakonis in Hatch end, London.
I have just returned home from an amazing dinner at Sakonis, a family run vegetarian Indian restaurant.
I took my children with me, to sample the offerings at their newly opened Hatch end branch. When I saw this image, I knew I had to try it.
Sakonis specialises in Gujarati cuisine, from East India, since the early 1980s. The dishes served also had Asian and East African influences. We were greeted with warm Chai tea and snacks on arrival. That spicy guacamole was so tantalisingly good, that we couldn’t wait for the rest of food to arrive. This was my favourite dish, the Daal Bhajiya.
They were hot and crispy on the outside, with a delicious spiced lentils filling.
The dip was a fiery salsa, which gave the required spicy kick to this savoury snack. Here’s one of Sakonis’ signature dish, the Chilli Paneer. It was also my son’s favourite dish of the night.
Sakonis described it as Chinese flavoured paneer (cheese), tossed in green chillies, peppers and spring onions. I always order a creamy Matar Paneer at Indian restaurants, so it was refreshing to try something totally new. These are miniature Masala dosas with a coconut dip. What can I say? We ate them all. Finally, for dessert, we had a Gujarati sweet dish called Shrikand, which comprised a creamy yoghurt laced with Saffron and Cardamom. I must admit it was a tad too sweet for me, however, it was fragrant.
We had such a fun evening sampling these Gujarati fusion dishes at Sakonis. I highly recommend a visit if you love Indian vegetarian dishes with a twist.
( All photography apart from image 2 are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was a guest.)