By: Richard Lenton
Taking my elderly parents to a barefoot dining restaurant in the heart of Little India, where patrons are invited to sit on the floor, was always going to be a gamble. However, it was a gamble that paid off. Handsomely.
Located on Upper Dickson Road, Lagnaa isn’t the easiest place in the world to find; we actually walked past it twice without spotting the tiny sign to the side of the entrance. And when your parents walk as slowly as mine, those wrong turns take up valuable eating time.
Unlike U2, we eventually found what we were looking for, and were warmly welcomed by Shanti, the manager, who guided us to the relaxed, vibrant and cool eating area upstairs. Once we’d removed our shoes of course.
Lagnaa has recently entered the wine-pairing domain, but we spotted a bottle of Portuguese white that we’d enjoyed in Vilamoura a few years previously, so we plumped for that and got stuck into the poppadoms provided.
The founder and head chef of Lagnaa is an interesting chap called Kaesavan, who also goes by the rather pretentious-sounding moniker, K7.
However, his food, which spans north and south India, is off the charts, so he’s more than forgiven his choice of handle. The mutton masala was possibly the best Indian dish I’ve ever tasted, and my parents were blown away by the butter chicken and fish curry.
Price-wise you can’t go wrong either; a bottle of wine and three mains didn’t delve too far into three figures. Recommended.