Review on The India
Ali Ashraf's delightfully unassuming restaurant The India in Folkestone has been a bastion of top-drawer Indian food for more than 25 years. It's a real treasure, yet it's still one of Kent's best-kept secrets. Its success and reputation depends on quality and attention to detail – and that includes everything from amazing, sparkly clean glasses to meticulously sourced ingredients.
Many of Ali's dishes are based on traditional recipes, but each has a highly distinctive imprint: flavours are subtle and carefully judged, spices are used with artless precision. Among the starters, you will find familiar vegetable samosas and lamb tikka, but also look for crab cochin (with ginger, coriander and white wine) and Sita's dosha (pancakes stuffed with all manner of good things). Main courses are split between tandooris and curries such as lamb 'deux pyaza' and khobani chicken (with cinnamon, cardamom and apricots).
The man himself was born in Calcutta, but trained in France – which explains the presence of 'plats français' on his wide-ranging, innovative menu. Many of Ali's customers regularly cross the Channel to sample Gallic delights such as salade niçoise, poulet au citron and entrecôte garni.
At the end of each evening, the 'closed' sign goes up well before the pubs close. The India is definitely not that kind of restaurant!
The India would be pleased to provide you with food for special occasions. (Collection only)
Indian / French
Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Thu-Sat (and by prior arrangement at other times)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card