I’m meeting Gustav & Ilia in London for a few seasonal drinks and dinner. I’ve known Gustav for many years but today I learn two things that I didn’t know we had in common. First, we both share a long held love for the music of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. Second, I have been a diabetic since I was a teenager and now Gustav has the same challenge. After a few rounds of excellent Purity Ubu we start to think about food.
We need an injection of something exotic and head for Salaam Namaste, a modern Indian restaurant in Bloomsbury. We order papadoms & chutneys and study the menu. We start by sharing the Manglorean soft-shell crab and Bombay onion bhajis. The crab is excellent, the bhajis are pretty standard.
Our discussion covers a varied diet of health, family, holidays, music, modern society, politics and we do our best to put the world to rights…
With almost no sign of self-control, we take the opportunity to test the king prawn patia, lamb rogan josh, chicken shaslik plus an array of dhals, naans & vegetable dishes. All fairly traditional but, on balance, good quality cooking and very enjoyable.
Despite our protests, Ilia picks up the bill – that is the generosity of the man!