We’re regular visitors to Parkeston – indeed, not only do I remember the days when the Captain Fryatt was The Garland Hotel, on the day we visited we had been tending the grave of a relative of mine who, I believe, actually knew the real Captain Fryatt.
For drinks we’re members of the Railway Club, but it’s always been difficult to get something really good for an evening meal without going to Dovercourt or Harwich – there’s Morrison’s café, the Fish and Chip shop (in Garland Rd.) or The Mayflower (selling standard, rather unimaginative, pub stuff). That’s not the case any more.
The Laila Grill at the Captain Fryatt is open lunchtimes and evenings, and, at very reasonable prices, is serving some of the best Indian food you’ll find anywhere (and I say that as a former resident of Bradford, and someone who remembers the Kastoori in Tooting). When working in Leeds, some colleagues from Mumbai used to complain that the food at the local curry houses was too greasy – it was, they said, more Pakistani or Bengali than Indian. I need to tell them of the Laila Grill: the food there is much fresher, much lighter, than that you get in a normal 'Indian' restaurant, and I’m sure they’ll like it.
Viv had Palak Kichidi – a vegetarian concoction of rice and vegetables, with spices – and she absolutely loved it. I usually struggle to finish a whole portion of curry, but not here – I had the Amma’s Fish Curry, and it was quite possibly the best curry I have ever tasted.
Our drinks totalled two glasses of beer, and two of wine, and one of mineral water: our bill came to only £36.80. For that price we got a meal of a quality for which you’d have to pay double in some areas of London.
If there is any justice in the world there will soon be people wending their way from London by train to Harwich International station, and then meandering to Garland Road for a curry – it really is a food experience that should not be missed.
We’ll be back.
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