Review on Atithi
The latest venture from celeb Indian food writer and broadcaster Mridula Baljekar, Atithi (the word means 'guest' in Hindi) is a good-looking venue on a mundane parade of shops by the frantic Watford Way (aka the A1). The spacious interior is attractively done out in modish style with black tiled floors, contemporary art on cream walls and logos on the crockery.
As you might expect from a well-travelled gourmet and ambassador for Indian cuisine, the menu plunders the regions of the Sub-continent for native specialities - although diehard fans of old favourites like chicken tikka, rogan josh and murgh jalfrezi are not neglected. Among the more unusual offerings on show are jhinge-machli ki tikki (rice-crusted prawn and haddock cakes), boti sali (Persian-style lamb curry with potato straws) and the house special - marinated venison grilled in the tandoor and served with shiitake mushroom kedgeree. Vegetarians also have some intriguing possibilities, including fig and potato kebabs, fruit dumplings, and chickpeas with pomegranate extract.
Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 5.30 - 11.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express