Nestled on the banks of the Thames in picturesque Marlow is Sindhu. An Indian restaurant within The Macdonald Compleat Angler. Aptly taking its name from the Sanskrit for the Indus River.
A restaurant on the River Thames
Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar, formerly of Mayfair restaurant Benares, oversees the Sindhu restaurant and brings his Indian food a world away from chicken tikka and kormas to this corner of Marlow in Buckinghamshire.
Restaurant in Marlow
You’ll be treated to incredible views of the gushing weir through a wall of stained glass leaded windows as you enter. The stylish dining room is a blend of traditional and modern features with dark wood
The mix of old and new extends to the menu in this restaurant, designed to celebrate the very best of traditional Indian cuisine in a contemporary manner.M
A glass bowl of poppadoms and three fresh chutneys started the proceedings nicely.
This was followed by an amuse bouche of lentil soup. Slightly disappointing and lacking in flavour, it felt more like I’d washed my mouth out in warm cream.
Things did start to look up from here, my starter of cauliflower spiced tikki, with peas masala and tomato.
Perfectly flavoured, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The plate is made up of two tikki’s, but another two would have hit the spot!
Mr S chose crab pakora tempura with a side of bhel and lemon mayonnaise. A pretty dish which lived up to its looks in the taste department.
The veggie main of paneer filo parcels, spinach and kadhai sauce arrived to a raised eyebrow. Only as I had immediate food envy (even though I don’t eat seafood) at Mr S’s plate of prawns dusted in semolina and herb marinated with moilee sauce, finished with masala potato.
It looked a 100% better than mine – Not that I’m competitive in who chooses the best dishes or anything. Anyway back to the paneer, it tasted divine. So did the prawns apparently, but that’s beside the point.
The soft juicy paneer coated in spices and encased in crunchy filo came with a kadhai sauce packed with flavour from the diced peppers, onions and aubergine.
We were dining on an incredibly great value lunch deal of three courses and a glass of house wine for £29. So pleasantly surprised when the sides of pilau rice and black eye beans arrived.
Delightfully warming and again bursting with flavour, just like mamma cooks!
And if we’re going to stick to who picked the best dish. The dessert clinched it for me. I definitely won hands down with the gulab jaman brulee topped with pistachio kulfi.
The sweet milk solid balls against the creamy custard and caramelised sugar topping was a match made in heaven.
Mr S ended his spice fest with a mango ‘cheesecake’ with berries. Delicious, but I think even you will agree – I won! We just about had room for petit fours which followed.
Sindhu also offers five and
You can see why this Marlow Indian restaurant is included in the top three restaurants of this beautiful town. It’s refined, elegant and serves up some delightful dishes. If you find yourself in this part of the country you must go and try Sindhu out for yourself; see if you agree that it is certainly a contender for one of the best restaurants in Marlow.
Sindhu Restaurant | The Compleat Angler | Marlow Bridge | Marlow | SL7 1RG
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