Fork & Fingers
Forks & Fingers. The name doesn’t give too much away. But trust us—this place is the definition of underrated gem. The team at F&F are spinning out some fusion creations that are totally changing the Indian food scene.
Let’s start with the food (after all, that’s the best part – right?). Start out with some paani puri: crispy puff pastry filled with flavoured stock, potato, chickpeas and pomegranate (there's also a choice to add some cheeky mango infused vodka if you’re feeling up to it). If you’re feeling more peckish, check out the goat’s cheese dahi kebab with tangy kiwi salsa.
The mains are the star of the show here. Now merging some of your favourite dishes with Indian food sounds sketchy, but my god is it amazing. Their signature dish here is the Butter Chicken Lasagna, and you pretty much have to give it a try. Now in the hands of a lesser cook, this would be a nightmare, but chef and owner Rohini turns it into something kind of glorious (she first invented it to coax her picky son into eating her food at home. There's three different kinds of cheese in there (Rohini keeps the actual recipe pretty close to her chest), plus spiced butter chicken, basil and mushrooms. Weird, but it totally works.
There's also some excellent Beef Vindaloo Tacos, served with a compliment of greens. They do say life is all about balance, but I take that as one beef vindaloo taco in each hand, right?
Make sure you order a side of rice or some garlic naan to soak up all the sauce. Trust us, it’s delicious. Those who are veggie maniacs need not despair, they have vegetarian dishes galore, like Aloo Gobhi (cauliflower and potatoes mixed with spices) and the Pav Bhaji Fondue, which comes with toasted bread and naan so you can really dig into the melted cheese. Earning that winter body fo’ sure.
Wash it all down with some of their paired wines and beers, or better yet try out the Lassi—they're thick and creamy and come in fruity flavours like cranberry, passionfruit or mango.
BYO stretchy pants, this place won’t leave you hungry.
Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis