So it is with great regret I have to announce I am moving out of Vauxhall and there was only one place that would ever be on the agenda for my final meal here and that is Mumbai Delight. Frequented more than the Fentiman Arms when you take into account the numerous meals, takeaways and collections I had from this fine authentic Indian restaurant, which is quite a feat considering the Fentiman was virtually on my doorstep.
Mumbai Delight was the first place I ate almost two years ago when I moved in to the area and was the finale to a boozy afternoon watching the marathon. From then on I raved about it and it was my go to takeaway for any occasion sober or slightly not so sober. What drew me, and eventually my boyfriend, back to this restaurant time and time again though was the service. Friendly, attentive and with a real neighbourhood feel often hard to come by in zone 1. Coupled with genuinely great flavour and dishes for a great price.
For our final meal we went all out with poppadoms, a couple of Cobra’s, starters, mains and naan. Poppadoms are poppadoms right you can’t get them wrong? Well I’m sure you’ve all had the stale or soggy ones so you can be confident these won’t be either and served up with traditional chutneys, my personal favourite being the chilli spiced one which gives enough of a kick without blowing your head off, it’s a sure fire way to start any Indian meal.
Next up we had the Sheek Kebab and Murgh Malai Tikka straight from the tandoori oven. The Sheek Kebab was minced lamb marinated with mint, coriander, chillies and ginger with the coriander and chillies particularly coming through in the flavour. Whilst the Murgh Malai Tikka was a milder dish with chunky succulent pieces of chicken marinated in cream with cardamoms and spices. Both of these dishes are available as a starter or main size.
For main we both had a curry each but as always had a little taste and share! I went for the Murg Tikka Masala (Chicken) for old time sake and it did not disappoint along with mushroom fried rice – my fav! Whilst Mitchell had the Lamb Mughlai, pilau rice and peshwari naan. This dish was a first for us both in fact and was mild like a korma but had a nut flavour come through, which coupled with tender lamb chunks was a real delight.
If you’re more of a mild Indian eater I can recommend the Korma which is packed full of that coconut creamy richness we all love. Another highlight for me is the Mumbai Ka Murga a hotter dish not too dissimilar to a jalfrezi and a house special. This tandoori chicken curry cooked with onion, tomato, garlic and chilli masala sauce will definitely clear out a cold but is a pleasant spice.
Thank you Mumbai Delight for two years of reaffirming my love for Indian food, I will definitely be back to visit and crave your dishes on many occasions!
51 A, South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London SW8 1RH