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 Restaurant Review

Sesame Restaurant

216, Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey. KT3 3RJ

020 8949 2211

Thursday 28th June, 2012

On a warm June evening, we decided that a trip to New Malden's Award Winning restaurant, Sesame - Indian and Thai Fine Cuisine was needed. It was just 6.30pm when we arrived, and we were the first customers. Smiling waiters greeted us and seated us on a table for four - very generous and very comfortable. The restaurant was clearly expecting a brisk night, as all tables were laid up with deep red and white table linen, sparkling glasses and polished cutlery.

My dining companion and I, started with warm and very crispy, 'Plain Papadums - very fine lentil wafers, plain or spicy 50p,' and the, 'Chutney Tray 50p.' While we nibbled on these, we asked each other that troublesome question - should we eat Indian or Thai or 'mix and match?' After quite a while discussing the pros and cons, we decided on Indian. Although, it was a close run thing, as my companion was seriously tempted by the, 'Thai Chicken Cashewnut £5.95 - stir-fried with cashew nuts, pineapples, potato, ginger, onion, green and red peppers and mushrooms,' ah, well... next time.

   

Photo Left: 'Plain Papadums' and 'The Chutney Tray.' Photo Right: Our waiter for the evening.

Sesame has recently updated its menu and has added some new dishes to its old favourites. My companion was immediately drawn to a popular Sesame favourite, 'Jaipuri Maas Tikki £4.25 - tender minced lamb patties flavoured with cardamom and cloves, griddle fried and served with fresh mint sauce.' Pat and I have eaten this starter many times, and can confirm that the patties are indeed scrumptiously tender. My companion enjoyed them very much, cleaning his plate! I, however, decided that I would start with one of my personal favourites, which is new to the menu - 'Aloo Tikki £3.25 - mashed potato cakes flavoured with exotic, hot Indian spices and deep fried, served with mint sauce.' I was presented with a pretty plate of three perfectly shaped and faultlessly deep fried rissoles of curried potato, which had a lovely little chilli kick, with a dainty salad and my own pot of raitha. Needless to say, I too cleaned my plate!

     

Photo Left: 'Jaipuri Maas Tikki.' Photo Right: 'Aloo Tikki.'

Other new starters include, 'Shami Kebab £3.50 - three pieces of minced lamb mixed with chickpea lentil patties flavoured with exotic, hot Indian spices and deep fried, served with mint sauce - with variations available in Chicken and Fish,' which I will be sampling on another visit, because the mix of lamb and lentils sounds very interesting.

After a short wait, as the waiters were kept busy welcoming clients and despatching takeaway orders to drivers for delivery, our mains arrived. My companion had chosen a new dish to him 'Chicken Passanda £6.50 - rich and mild, cooked with almonds, nuts, cream, yoghurt and a touch of wine.' The well polished detchi that arrived contained all of the dishes description. It was similar to a Korma, with a smooth stone-ground sauce, but was a sophisticated and savoury one, without the sweetness. My companion enjoyed it very much. I also decided to try something different and chose, 'Chicken Dhaniya Adhraki £6.50 - pieces of boneless chicken in an Indian gravy enhanced with coriander and ground ginger.' It contained good chunks of succulent chicken in a well cooked, thick sauce, with fine particulates of onion and tomato, flavoured with delicate juliennes of fresh ginger, which melted in the mouth - delicious. For sides, we decided to share a portion of, 'Badal Jam £3.25 - an exotic and colourful aubergine delicacy topped with coriander and yoghurt,' which contained lovely generous wedges of lightly spiced aubergine, with a good dollop of creamy home-made yoghurt and fresh coriander leaves on top, and a, 'Pullao Rice £2.50 - saffron flavoured rice,' which was sprinkled with the finest tarka (crispy) onions that we have ever seen, with a, 'Plain Nan £1.90 - bread baked in a clay oven.' This light and crisp bread surprised us both, but in a lovely way, as it was so big! Perfect for sharing and mopping up those deliciously rich sauces! 

  

Photos (from left to right): 'Chicken Passanda, Badal Jam, Plain Nan, Pullao Rice, Chicken Dhaniya Adhraki.'

Other new mains include, 'Seek-e-Macchi £9.95 - marinated seabass flavoured with ajwain (thyme) skewered and cooked in tandoor,' and, 'Chicken Rezala £6.50 - flavoured with yoghurt and green chilli. A classic Bangladeshi dish.' I can see Pat ordering this dish, he just loves his green chilli!

Needless to say, we didn't have a dessert, but the coffee is filter and nicely strong. We both will be returning soon to partake in the tempting Thai delicacies. I already have my eye on, 'Tom Yum Soup £3.95 - hot and sour soup with chicken, mushroom, lime leaves, lemon grass, galangal, fresh chilli, coriander and dash of lime juice,' a Thai meal is only complete with a bowl of spicy soup, and one of my absolute, all time favourite Thai dish, 'Pad Thai Noodles £5.75 - rice noodles stir fried with eggs, bamboo shoots, spring onions, chicken and peanuts.' Bring on the basket of Prawn Crackers!

Hours: 12 to 2.30 and 5.30 (great for taking children out for their Korma treat!) to 11.00, Friday and Saturday to 11.30.

Log on to www.sesamerestaurant.co.uk to view all Special Offers, Live Music Events and Food Festival Menus.

 

Sesame Restaurant

216, Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey. KT3 3RJ

020 8949 2211

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