The Cardamom Room
East London’s Cardamom Room is a recently constructed Indian eatery. giving residents who have never eaten in a pod a distinctive dining experience. For individuals who want to enjoy themselves with a group of friends or family, this restaurant exudes delightful warmth and family-friendly sentiments. Inside, they feature a booth and a casual table with beautiful settings. If you want to eat in a pod, plan ahead because reservations tend to go fast and you don’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Wanstead Underground is the closest station, and driving seems to be the most convenient option. The restaurant is 5 minutes away by foot from free parking on the side streets.
They now have a Winter Exclusive Deal running from Sunday through Thursday in-store only, saving 20% off their A la Carte Menu through December 31, 2022.
Cardamon Room Experience
I arrived at the restaurant ten minutes before it officially opened so I could take as many pictures of the inside as I could before customers began to arrive. The manager and staff welcomed me and treated me and my family with the utmost courtesy. They led us to the outdoor pod, where we settled up before placing our initial drink orders. They have a dry bar where non-alcoholic drinks are provided; there are many options on the menu, and they all sounded energising.
I spent some time shooting pictures of the restaurant, while the drinks were being prepared. We ordered all of our meals at once when our beverages were delivered so I could get a complete picture of them. As temperatures have decreased in London, the heating within the pod makes you feel incredibly cosy. Dining in a closed pod was incredibly cosy and comforting because you feel cold the moment you step outside. All of our freshly prepared food, which we had been anticipating for around 20 minutes, finally arrived.
Here’s where I took my time with the camera. attempting to capture the nicest perspectives before we tucked them into our delectable dinners. The management and employees checked on us while we were eating to make sure we had everything we needed. They also provided us with extra stuff to use, which was a lovely touch. Since we received more than we anticipated, I felt the service was excellent. My time here was very enjoyable, especially the meals we ordered and the pod experience.
Cardamom Room Menu
There are several options on the limited menu, including starters, grills, main courses, and sides.
What We Ordered:
- Kurkuri Bhindi £7
- Seared Scallops £10
- Aloo Tikki £7.50
- Momos £9.50
- Gosht Dum Biryani £17
- Lamb Roganjosh £17
- Adraki Lamb Chops £21
- Peshawari Naan £4
- Garlic and Chilli Naan £4
- Gobi Matar/Gunpowder Potatoes £8
- Surprise Me £7
- Passionfruit Martini £8
- Walnut Chocolate Cake with Masala Chai Ice Cream £8.50
This dish included spicy aioli and crispy okra fries. Surprisingly, it had a respectable flavour and was crunchy.
Given how beautiful it looked on a platter, this was food art on its own. I chose this particular dish as of this result. We were told by the manager to eat this right away or the water will dissolve.
A lightly seasoned and served with pea puree
This dish was wonderful and I certainly suggest it as a starter because it was so good. A paneer, pea, and potato cake that is served with handmade chutneys.
It was interesting to try a dumpling for the first time. These were steamed Nepalese beef dumplings served with tamarind, ginger, and Chilli dipping sauce.
Gosht Dum Biryani
For those who enjoy dum-cooked food, there are lamb and chicken options for Biryani. This time, I chose the Lamb because I had read favourable reviews of it. It was a little on the dry side, but it tasted better with the raita. This lamb biryani was prepared over low heat, served with raitha, and cooked in a copper pot.
One of the curry choices they provide. Since roganjosh usually tastes very nice at Indian restaurants, I chose to order this lamb dish. However, I did find the dish to be spicy because of that it was flavourful and tasty. A baby lamb with the chef Roganjosh spice mixture, star anise, and red chilli for colour.
Adraki Lamb Chops
These lamb chops were exceptional; they looked amazing and tasted decent as well. Raw papaya and hanging yoghurt marinated in ginger, clove, and cardamom are served in a dish.
Gunpowder Potatoes & Gobi Matar
In order for us to sample both courses, the manager suggested that we serve them both on one plate. My wife liked the two options, so I let her have the whole thing, as I’m not a huge fan of Indian veg dishes. The Gobi Matar had steamed cauliflower prepared with peas in light spices, while the gunpowder potatoes were flavoured baby potatoes with mustard and fennel seeds, curry leaves, chillies, and ginger.
Mocktails (Suprise Me & Passionfruit Martini)
It was challenging to decide which drink to have from their menu because they all looked fantastic and were quite refreshing. Lime juice, premium vanilla syrup, passionfruit pulp, and Lyre’s Dry London spirit were all ingredients in the Martini. The Surpised, on the other hand, was a bartender’s speciality and turned out to be a drink with raspberry and strawberry flavours.
Walnut Chocolate Cake with Masala Chai Ice Cream
The brownie-like walnut chocolate cake was served to us warm together with the masala chai ice cream. A tasty mixture that my wife and I quickly enjoyed a lot.
Food: 9 out of 10
Service: 10 out of 10
Price: 7 out of 10
Experience: 10 out of 10
Presentation: 8 out of 10
Overall: I’ve given The Cardamon Room a 9 out of 10.
Overall, my first experience eating in a pod was wonderful. Throughout my entire stay here, I had a great experience. The dinner was delicious and well-presented. We had excellent attention, and I appreciated how they gave us additional items. The service was outstanding. Compared to most fine dining establishments, the cost is affordable. To make up for it, they are offering a 20% discount on their menu through December 31.
As we had meals in both the booth and the pod, the overall experience was enjoyable. 90% of the things in the dish looked delectable and were presented to us in a way that I believed made up the majority of the dish’s food art on a plate. If you want fantastic food and are in the East London/Essex area, I would highly recommend visiting this place in Wanstead because it is convenient to many nearby locations.
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Disclaimer: Meal was provided as complimentary in exchange for social coverage.