Memsaab, lovely lady of Lavenham - Colin’s Restaurant Column
|Author: Colin Walters||Published: 3rd October 2014 15:17|
Colin’s Restaurant Column
Memsaab, lovely lady of Lavenham
Right in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside is the lovely village of Lavenham, one of the most picturesque villages you could ever imagine anywhere with beautiful buildings everywhere and regular haunt of East Anglian tourists.
Indeed the quintessential unspoilt “English” village which probably looks much as it did when Agatha Christie was writing Miss Marple stories about such places.
And right in its midst is a little gem of an Indian restaurant, The Memsaab set in 15th century half-timbered cottage, quite a small gem with tables separated into three different areas’ party room also available for guests in comfort, it has a cosy intimate atmosphere with lovely lighting that compliments the age and design of the building. The Memsaab restaurant achieved the ‘Fodor’s Choice Award’ Food and Hygiene 5 Star Rating.
As ever I was accompanied to the Memsaab by Lorna and on this occasion superstar cricketing daughter Penny. This would be a good test for any Indian restaurant as although Penny doesn’t mind spicy food she’s not keen on sauces which represents something of a challenge for any Indian restaurant.
After the obligatory Popadoms and Pickles, we shared three starters. Katee Kebab which was a chicken mince with medium dry spices wrapped in Puri bread with a couple of delicate dipping sauces on the side, a Green Herb Sauce and Tamarind Chutney. We all really liked this, Pen especially as the sauces were optional. We had an Indian Risotto which comprised of a Giant King Prawn coated in Ground Rice deep fried giving it a sort of bread crumbed effect, served with a Rice cake including Peppers, Coriander and Sugar giving it a sweet flavour to perfectly complement the Prawn. Our third starter was a succulent and juicy Chicken Tikka, Pen’s favourite which received the royal seal of approval from both ladies at the table.
The Memsaab specializes in Traditional Indian cuisine with the extremely experienced Chef, Raj. A beautifully presented Xacuti Chicken which was a Chicken Breast stuffed with Potato and Coconut powder cooked in Chef's special sauce,
Butter Chicken with a really rich lovely buttery sauce. We also had a Lamb Shank, pot roasted with sesame seeds and spices served up with meatballs and mushrooms. It was an absolute feast to look at and eat with the tender lamb just falling off the bone at the merest touch. This was delicious and again given the royal seal of approval by the ladies. This was all accompanied by a fluffy and light Plain Naan, a portion of Plain Rice, and some excellent Bombay Potato, so often over-spiced, this was just a perfect accompaniment to the main dishes.
With the January diet still running, none of us had room for pudding so the cost of our meal for three including a pint of Cobra each came to just under £70 which we deemed extremely good value for money.
All of the food was beautifully presented and a bit different from that you’ll find in many other Indian restaurants and best of all the staff were an absolute delight, friendly and helpful. With the Memsaab in its midst, Lavenham has yet another reason to attract some visitors.