April 13: Maharani - Middle of the road
This is a slightly more upmarket curry house (or at least is trying to be) situated bang in the middle of the brouhaha of Clapham High Street.
One of three on the road between Clapham tubes, North and Common, Maharani has the best reputation and the decor inside lives up to this, or at least relative to the area.
As an advocate of Tooting being the curry capital of London (if not Europe) I prefer a bit more character than these somewhat sterile, Anglicised affairs. This said, that is my opinion and isn't as much a fault as a preference.
The food was certainly good, although the naan was a bit dry. We tried two specials the lamb apeli gosht which had a heavily garnished, leafy taste and the goan chicken masala, that had a bitter, yoghurty edge. Both commendable.
Whilst slightly pricier, the main dishes and interior live up to the price tag. The staff are also good although sometimes they were a little hasty in clearing up and took attentiveness to a new level. At times it felt like they were permanently occupying a continuous and irritating imaginary conveyor belt around the centre of the restaurant which passed by our table at too often a frequency. This said, in general, a decent curry venue for central Clapham, but for a more adventurous and authentic experience then a short trek to Tooting is definitely in order.
Address: 117 Clapham High St, London SW4 7TB
Alcohol Policy: Licensed
Summary: Middle of the road curry house in the middle of Clapham High Street