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Est. 1996

Issue 149

July 2009

Sesame Opens The Door
To Fine Dining



By Maddie Grove

Stepping out of the high street tandoori and into fine dining, but without the large price tags, come Sesame, the newest restaurant in town.

There are many popular tandoori restaurants in the Kingston/New Malden area but none quite like Sesame. Sesame is in the running with Roz anna on Kingstone Hill with the quality of dishes not found in many other ethnic restaurants.

First impressions are the key in any industry and if the first sight of the modern and fascinating décor is not enough to bring you coming back for more, then the first taste of the food will.

On a hot, sticky evening, I was particularly impressed by the wave of cool air conditioning that hit me as we walked through the door, an aspect that many do not have or do not use.

Another thing that may be hard to find anywhere else, is the atmosphere. The unique wall art of pebbles and a colour changing panel, made me feel relaxed as intended and with the efficient and friendly waiting staff, the perfect ambience was created.

The two sections of the menu were very impressive with a wide range of both Indian and Thai food to choose from, however, to mix the two together would not be best as the spicing and flavours are so different. We ordered various dishes from the Indian section including the meat samosa, the Sonali fish fry and the paneer pakora to start with Methi Murgh, Dal Gosht and Lamb Xcuty as mains with tasty side orders of Palak Paneer and Mushroom Bhaji.

The highlight of the meal, and an indication that Sesame is somewhat different from its competitiors, was the fish fry. Normally I am not a huge fan of fish, but the Tilapia used in this dish is like no other and sold in all too few restaurants.

After battling through the generous portions of lamb and chicken we were encouraged to try the selection of traditional Indian desserts such as Shahi Turkra and Gajon Halwa.

Sesame deserves recognition and success not only due to its excellent food but also to the obvious interest the staff and management have in serving and satisfying customers.

Sesame - Kingston Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey.





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