Namaste Delhi brings an innovative perception of Indian food to Aberdeen. With its wide range of tapas, it aims to bring authentic Indian food from the streets of Delhi to Aberdeen. Traditionally cooked, the food stands out as authentic as average people would cook at home or on the busy streets of the chaotically organised Indian cities. The aim is to bring the real taste of India to the table, not only to promote food but also to replicate the Indian social perspective of collectively sharing food with family and friends.
The bar with its sitting area, presents a wide and ambitious assortment of international brands of wines and liqueurs which are mostly used for sophisticated cocktails prepared at customer request. We also offer innovative services like cooking and cocktail classes.
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Namaste Delhi - ARW2020 Review
By Team Aberdeen Inspired
If we can only eat out indoors til 8pm at the moment – 10pm if you wear your parka and park yourself outside, of course – then let's make sure we are going somewhere elegant and cosy, with a fab menu!
Namaste Deli has all that, and more. The “more” for my dining companion and me being professional, friendly staff who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the food they're serving up during these difficult times.
OK, let's get the C word out of the way – we felt safe throughout our eating experience and it was clear that all staff were following correct procedures. But, those necessary precautions certainly weren't obtrusive, and we definitely didn't feel it impacted on our lovely (early-ish) dinner. Poppadoms and chutneys were laid on as we arrived at our table; a nice, welcoming touch.
So, Namaste are presenting an ARW offering that is slightly different - in that £20 gets you an evening meal for TWO diners. A choice of three dishes from their “Tapas” style Indian Restaurant Menu, plus either a rice or bread....To be honest, at that price, you can afford to pop one of the latter on the “payable extras” part of your bill....So, we did, treating ourselves to a flakey, flavoursome Lachcha Moilee bread plus Mutter Pulao ; Basmati rice, with onions, peas and spices! Your £20 for two main meals includes a glass of Prosecco each – or, in my case, the requested non alcoholic drink resulted in a gorgeous, Mango Lassi-type mocktail.
Choosing three dishes, Tapas-style was hard from such an extensive and scrummy line up....dishes with prawns or lamb chops are not included in the ARW deal: but they weren't a big miss, given the value for money and remaining range of dishes.
My companion and I chose two meat and one veggie dish. Avid meat-eaters, we were blown away by Mailai Kofta ; paneer and potato dumplings (MUCH lighter than they sound!) in an outstanding creamy onion and tomato gravy that had us dunking our bread in to mop up every last remnant.
We added a Lamb Saag – my companion, “not usually a lamb guy” (thank you, Paul McCartney...) proclaiming this the Indian equivalent of a perfect casserole, with subtle spices, a nice “kick” to it, plus hints of coriander and mint coming through.
The trio was completed by a Murg Quorma chicken dish; rich, meat on the bone, darkened by absorbing all the flavours surrounding it and providing the very best comfort food for a November night in Aberdeen.
In fact, the whole meal was a hymn to comfort eating at a time when we've never needed it more. And at an unbeatable price – at a time when that's become pretty vital, too.
So, as winter marches in, treat yourself – and your wallet – to a meal at Namaste during Aberdeen Restaurant Week and beyond. I know I deserved it – and I'll bet you do, too.