Two sets of friends recommended Ashers in Wembley for their theplas. Theplas are thin Gujarati flatbreads made with wheat flour, fenugreek and spices. So after one aborted attempt at getting ourselves there and a day of whining that followed, we jumped into the car impulsively one Saturday evening when we got bored of lounging on the couch, and drove to Ashers Africana restaurant.
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For 3 and a half years we lived really close to Hammersmith and I took a bus home from work everyday, and visited plenty of restaurants down King Street. Remember Sagar? And Tuga? And Noodles & Magic? I never noticed Shilpa, and in retrospect, it baffles me how I missed it. I've been to Shilpa Hammersmith thrice in the last year and three months, and each time I have adored it.
The Bayleaf Chennai in Gopalapuram is a Mughlai and Bengali restaurant. I was a little surprised and intrigued by this combination of cuisines. I wonder if it started off as a Bengali speciality restaurant and didn't find a large enough clientele and therefore expanded to incorporate Mughlai too? Or if it actually began as a kathi roll stop and then expanded to include other food from Kolkata? I'm tempted to believe the latter, if the exciting roll menu and very positive reviews of it are anything to go by.
We decided to dine in, this time around, and save those famous paratha rolls filled with spicy stuffings for another day.