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Sunday, 01 October 2006
Indian Deli in Hounslow

Indian Deli in Hounslow

Ten years ago I lived in Cape Town and used to frequent a simple and inexpensive (good value) restaurant in Sea Point at least once a week, called Little Bombay. If I remember correctly, the owners of the restaurant had immigrated from Kenya (or somewhere else in East Africa). The prices were so reasonable I used to wonder how they made a living.  At the time Sea Point (once the epicentre of Cape Town’s restaurant and nightlife scene) was experiencing a bad patch due to the commercial and retail development of the harbour and the shift in the night scene to this new area.  This article from 1998 talks about the impact on Sea Point of the changing economic and social situation in Cape Town at that time, and even mentions Little Bombay (as having recently closed its doors).

I thought of Little Bombay on Friday night: of its excellent quality menu, of the cheap prices, of the formica tables and plastic chairs, of the gaudi plastic decorations, of the Hindu calendars and ornaments on the walls, of the elderly uncle who worked as a waiter and gave me detailed instructions on how to properly eat a Thali. The elderly uncle of the early years was later replaced by two young neices, who were better at customer relations (they never gave me instructions on how to eat my food). I thought of little Bombay because my colleague Ragu took me to his local vegetarian restaurant in Hounslow, The Indian Deli.  Lacking the tackiness of Little Bombay, the Indian Deli has the same excellent good-quality food and friendly service. Raghav told me that the owners of the restaurant are from Sri Lanka, having come to the United Kingdom as refugees.

I sampled the masala dosa while Rags had a buffet meal. We shared two desserts: both were sweet and creamy.

Posted by bigblue on 01/10/2006 at 07:24 AM
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