Indian food has quickly become one of my favourites since I moved to London 2.5 years ago. It’s savoury, comforting and I always feel happier after eating a wonderful curry. While I am partial to the Indian food at all of Vivek Singh’s restaurants (Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Bazaar), I do love discovering new and unique Indian restaurants around London and was so pleased to be invited to try out Pure Indian, a brand new restaurant conveniently located right outside Putney Bridge Station.
Pure Indian is owned by husband and wife duo Faheem Vanoo and Shilpa Dandekar, both of whom started their careers at the Taj Group in India and carried on to hone their skills at high end London restaurants such as the Bombay Brasserie and it’s Michelin-starred counterpoint Quilon and Brasserie Blanc. Needless to say, the team have true talent that exceedingly shines through in the food at their latest venture.
When we arrived at Pure, we were instantly put at ease as we were shown to our table. The restaurant itself is unpretentious and makes for a great local family Indian restaurant if you live in the area. The service is fantastic and friendly and it’s one of those restaurants you really feel you can relax and unwind in.
We ordered a couple of beers to start off with because in my mind, there is nothing better paired with curry than a light beer.
Followed by salty poppadoms and an array of chutneys to munch on whilst we looked over the menu…
I loved the unique take on the original poppadoms – fluffy, crispy and salty morsels appeared in front of us with a mango and tomato chutney – no mint yoghurt in sight. The entire menu sounds delicious, so we asked our server to bring out a selection of dishes for us to try and we certainly were not disappointed.
Seared scallops with pickled beetroot, mango and chilli – cooked perfectly and tasted nice and fresh.
Followed by a vibrant plate of Patra Chaat topped with yoghurt, date and tamarind chutney, pomegranates, onions and tomatoes. I absolutely love chaat, and the amalgamation of flavours and textures makes this popular Indian snack quite addicting.
The Kori Kempu – chicken marinated in spices tossed in yoghurt and chilli was fantastic. Small bites of crispy chicken that had just enough kick without being overpowering.
The team brought out a spread of mains for us to try including Kalimich ka murgh – a mild dish of malai chicken tikka cooked in cashew nuts with yohurt, fresh mint and black peppercorns. The chicken was incredibly tender and the sauce was sweet and creamy – very similar to a chicken korma. Hearty and delectable – it will absolutely fill you up.
Slow-cooked lamb so tender it falls right apart. This dish was a bit too spicy for me but Ciaran absolutely loved it.
Freshly baked naan bread to mop it all up!
We sat back and relaxed with one more beer after demolishing all of the dishes. All of the dishes are elevated, sophisticated and served beautifully. I loved the laid back ambiance in the restaurant and the friendly service. My hope is to find a great local Indian similar to Pure where I live in Clapham! If you live in the Fulham, Putney area, I highly recommend this great neighbourhood Indian restaurant – you won’t regret it!
Pure Indian | 67 Fulham High St | Fulham | London | SW6 3JJ
*I was a guest on behalf of Pure Indian restaurant but all opinions are my own.