Earl’s Court is one of the few areas of West London we’re not so familiar with. Always meaning to check it out, we were delighted to be invited along to Flora Indica, a small plate cultured Indian restaurant boasting a menu complete with the best and freshest British ingredients.
Not only are the flavours and spices uniquely intriguing, but the elegant bar has a long list of botanical gins and features Flora Indica’s very own Pale Ale, brewed down the road at the Portobello Brewery. Working from the wine menu on this particular visit, we can confirm that the house white is splendidly fruity and we suspect that the other offerings are just as good.
Malwani prawn, yellow tomato chutney and black mooli // Venison gilafi sheek, coriander chilli sauce, spiced tamarind and fig // Spiced pulled duck cheela, coconut chutney and red amaranth
The menu is one of those that’s so outside the box and experimental that we’d never heard of half of the ingredients. Luckily we had lots of small tasters and didn’t need to choose, but if we weren’t so lucky then it may have proved slightly difficult, or at least required a run down from one of the many welcoming and friendly waiting staff. Starting off with prawns, duck and venison (full explanation below the photos), our taste buds exploded and we quickly got the idea that this was an Indian restaurant like no other.
Jerusalem artichoke papdi chaat, tamarind and yoghurt
We shared a combination of curries as main courses including lamb shoulder rogan josh and cornfed chicken tikka with makhani sauce. Debate quickly opened up as to which one is the tastiest but we can confirm they are all equally as impressive, flavoursome and spicy. The assorted naan breads were outstanding too.
Dessert was the most intriguing dish of all. The thought of falooda noodles making up part of the dish drummed up excitement and when we eventually got to slurp them from one end to other with a touch of chocolate sauce and mango semi freddo, it ended the meal in the ultimate of way.
Kulfi semi freddo, falooda noodles and clove spiced chocolate sauce
We’re sure to return with friends and family and can’t wait to give more of the menu a try. Not only is the food first class but the creative decor is completely unique. The mix of zinc, copper and brass pieces inspired by Victorian period science decorates the walls and ceilings to create many a talking point. It’s elegantly done in a subtle but poignant way – that sums up the restaurant as a whole really.
A huge thank you to Amy at Tasty Comms and all at Flora Indica for a wonderful evening.