Gram Bangla: Chitol fish kofta curry
On Christmas Day, after lunch at Tayyab's we were strolling down Brick Lane when I thought of checking if Gram Bangla had Chitol machher kofta on their menu, to takeaway. Peeking in, the clientele was completely male and I chickened out of going in and sent the Aussie hubby with the dodgy Bangla accent instead. He emerged 10 minutes later with a small container. He said he had a slight argument with the server because he thought the portion was too small for the 5 pounds they charged for takeaway.
It was certainly a small container. But the deliciousness of the curry more than made up for the small quantity. It looked quite oily (I decanted the extra oil off the top of the curry before serving it) and the koftas looked like they had broken up quite a bit. But with steamed white basmati, it was heaven. So spicy that I started hiccuping after the first bite and was satisfied after a few spoonfuls. The fact that the koftas were not perfectly shaped did not detract from the experience. The texture and taste of the kofta were great and they did not have a fishy smell. The curry sauce was very rich with onions, ginger and garlic. My little sister and hubby thought the spice level was just right.
All in all, a great dish but I do think they charged too much for the portion. If the place hadn't been completely packed out with Bangladeshi men, I would have been inclined to go in and complain about it.