Ranjit’s Recommendations: Mumbai comes to London
When a restaurant menu says that a little extra time might be taken to cook the food, I have now learnt to accept it for good reason. This is because it generally equates to greater quality as illustrated by the Indian sports bar and lounge, Mumbai Junction in Harrow, northwest London. After all you are eating in someone else’s den and part of the whole experience is them providing a homely hospitality.
I ordered a freshly squeezed passion fruit juice and yes it was made to order unlike other outlets where they pour it straight from the shop carton! Try a jug’s worth at home using the following simplified recipe:
Select six ripe passion fruit pieces
Cut the pieces into half and then scoop out the inner contents into a blender
Add two and a half to three times to the volume of water into the blender and let it run for 90 seconds. This will separate the seeds of the fruit from the jelly substance
Pour the mixture from the blender into a large jug through a sieve in order to prevent the seeds entering the juice
Add a further two and a half to three times the volume of cold water
Add a minimum of two teaspoons of sugar or more if desired
Serve with passion!
Indeed you can experience all synonymous with Mumbai at this junction. Television screens air a plethora of Bollywood soundtracks whilst any mainstream cricketing event from Mumbai is first choice on the box, not least an Indian Premier league match. The television views compliment your seated position. Whilst many of you might associate lollipops with all things sweet, you must try battered chicken lollipop dish at Mumbai Junction. It comes with a sumptuous sauce and has meat lovers chomping by the bit.
Fusion food can often sound better in description than the final product. However the five star chefs here ensure careful quantities of homemade spice and flavour are incorporated to produce flavoursome dishes such as Haka noodles. Indeed the main courses are on par with the starters, unlike some restaurants where the curry sauce is far in excess of the meat or veg content of the dish.
There is also a conservatory that hosts private events. Lucky diners may find themselves immersed in one as an unofficial guest. This only adds to the busy and buoyant atmosphere of Mumbai Junction. Hence next time you hear someone state that they wish to go to Mumbai, just point them in the direction of their very own backyard.
Mumbai’s second home at: Mumbai Junction, 231 Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3TU
Telephone Number: 0208 904 2255