Rumi by Bukhara
Mount Pleasant, L3
Review by Natasha young
For me, knowing where you can turn for a decent Indian feast is essential. It’s like having a ‘local’ pub or that coffee shop you know will always serve a comforting cuppa.
So when we ventured down to Rumi by Bukhara I was not only hoping for a great meal that night, but to find a new addition for my list of staple foodie haunts.
Situated on Mount Pleasant, it’s central enough to be handy if you’re around town but in my case it was just far enough from the hustle and bustle to be off my radar until now.
With its stand-out purple seating we were greeted with vibrancy, while a front counter displaying gelato didn’t seem typical for an Indian restaurant.
My pescatarian dinner date and I settled in to our booth though and were pleased with the extensive yet well organised range of dishes on offer, fulfilling the promise of authentic cuisine.
Divided into meaty courses, sections of seafood plates and vegetarian dishes, it was clear at a glance that the menu catered well for various tastes and requirements. There wasn’t simply a token ‘vegetable’ version of traditional curry favourites and most mains offered mild, medium or hot versions.
We ordered papadums (£1.50 for 15 small pieces) and chutneys (£2.50 per tray) as we explored our options more closely.
The mini bite-sized papadums were a perfect portion to begin our feast without filling up too soon, and ideally sized to sample each of the five flavoursome pickles.
Finding it difficult to settle on just one course we opted for appetisers too. I chose the Barwa Aloo (£3.95) – potatoes stuffed with raisins, cashew nuts and spices, cooked in tandoor – while my partner picked Rumi’s take on Tandoori Mushrooms (£3.45) with creamy saffron sauce.
The plates were picturesque and light enough to keep us excited for the mains.
A lime accompaniment worked well with the mushrooms’ spices leaving my partner’s tastebuds singing, while my Barwa Aloo had plenty of texture thanks to the nutty mixture.
Next I decided on Palak Gosht (£8.50) – lamb and spinach with onions, ginger and garlic – and my fellow diner went for the Karahi King Prawn (£10.95), featuring prawns with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, lime juice and carum seeds.
We both ordered pilau rice (£2.50) too although, served generously, one probably would have been enough.
The mains arrived with sticks of ginger strewn across the top, although no single flavour was too overpowering and my medium heat option packed an enjoyable punch while allowing all spices to shine through.
My deliciously tender lamb fell apart and my partner’s dish was a total success too as he hailed it “absolutely lovely”.
We finished feeling satisfyingly full but the food wasn’t greasy or heavy on the stomach like takeaway curries can be.
It would have been rude to end the night without sampling the gelato though – made by the Rumi by Bukhara team themselves, we were assured.
As it happened my choice of a single mango scoop (£1.75) provided a refreshing end to the spicy meal I had just enjoyed, while my partner said he could taste the freshness in the two scoop helping (£2.85) of bubblegum and strawberry flavours.
By the time we left Rumi we were sold on its varied menu and even its more continental gelato concoctions, but could it become my go-to trusty Indian restaurant? Most definitely.