Review of 'emni'

Located just down the road from Angel on Upper Street, “emni” aims to be a modern take on Indian cuisine. The rather spartan modern interior is a promising start as is the menu. The various items on the refreshingly short menu describe in detail each dish as well as indicate their country of origin.

The pre-menu papadoms were quite light and came with the recogniseable mango chutney and yoghurt sauces but also a couple of other more unusual. We started with Murgh-ke-Parchery (Awadi) - chicken breast fillet prepared with yoghurt with saffron and Awadi spice which was very succulent and flavourful and perfectly started the meal. My Methi Murgh from Kashmir (chicken again, this time with chillies, ginger and cardamom) turned out to be the star of the evening but my side of Sabz Panchmeel (from Rajasthan), which is stir-fried veggies with brocolli, asparagus, artichokes, corn and sugar snap peas was not as impressive. The selection of rices was as you would expect with a few that looked set to overwhelm anything you had with them (we stuck with the plain pillau).

My companion's main prawn dish turned to be a standalone dish (and not like the other dishes we ordered served in the normal small stainless steel bowls that can be shared) and not as impressive as the other dishes.

Service was very good but the cost of the meal turned out to be quite expensive (more than £20 each without alcohol) which did distract somewhat from the enjoyment of the experience.

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Review Date: 2008-03-25


Cuisine: Indian

Address: 353 Upper Street, Angel Islington, N1 0PD

Public Transport: TUBE Angel

Location: London (England) - Islington

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Telephone: 0207 226 1166

URL: http://www.emnirestaurant.com/