A right royal buffet

May 6, 2008


We were at the Mirch Masala restaurant Sunday buffet. Two blonde, bearded uncles. Aunt Madge, fresh off a congested motorway. And me with my quasi Urdu and gora husband.

As we settled into our crisp onion bhajis, I let out a gasp. I had suddenly remembered my recent brush with international foodie fame and fortune.

I’m in Olive, I declared with a flourish.

Uncle one raised an eyebrow. Uncle two gave me a grunt. Aunt Madge just said: “Who’s Olive?”

Great. Only, like, the best food magazine published by the BBC. Read by a gazillion people, none of whom I actually know.

They asked me about my favourite cheap eat in London – the £6.95 eat as much as you want lunch buffet at Diwana Bhelpuri House in Euston. But if you’re not in London, this information is about as useful to you as your local weather to me.

So here are my top tips for spotting a really good Indian buffet instead:

  1. Elderly Indians: No self respecting elderly Indian will pay money to eat poorly cooked version of the food they eat at home
  2. Hot chapattis/rotis: There is little point in rotis that have languished on the buffet table, turning rock hard and stone cold
  3. Wide selection: Surely, the whole point of the whole exercise is to eat until you can barely move, a huge meal that you would be nuts to cook at home?


4 Responses to “Speedy Crab Cakes”

  1. IshitaUnblogged Says:

    April 17th, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Absolutely fabulous Mallika! I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to showing off my friends (virtual or otherwise), so here’s my nose reaching the sky (not in the manner of Pinocchio’s – it’s not a lie).

    Sharing your video:)

  2. Indian Lacquerade Says:

    April 17th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    WoW! Mallika. I have been stalking your blog for a long time now. This is such awesome news! I love your writing style and the recipes you cook up. You deserve this! Congratulations again!

  3. bijoy Says:

    April 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Hi, Mallika,
    Please could you email me the recipe for the crab cakes. I would like to see what 2 cans of crab meat weigh and what brand.

  4. Ready to eat meals Says:

    February 6th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Easy ready to eat meals, perfect to go with plain or jeera rice.Even a good dish for snacks.

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