I recently had lunch with a new friend at the newly-opened Assado Restaurant in Waterloo. It’s a bright and airy space with a colourful interior, less than 5 minutes away from Waterloo station. I was given a simple lunch menu, although I should have asked for the Full Menu as I wanted to sample the tapas that I had spotted on the restaurant’s website. Assado is the brainchild of Cyrus Todiwala who has developed a truly colourful palate of intense flavours from his travels around the world. Along the way he found a natural correlation between Portuguese and Goan cuisine and has combined it with dishes from his Indian origins. With Assado, he is sharing this fusion with the British public and it appears to be working. I love portuguese food (having lived there for a little under a year a while back and it is one of my favourite European cuisines) and I’m big fan of Indian cuisine so this was a real treat. Goa, on the Western coast of India, was a Portuguese colonial territory for over 400 years. I have never been to Goa but have heard that the food is definitely something to try at least once, so I was excited about this new culinary adventure.
For lunch I went for Chicken Caldeen which is chicken breast simmered in a mild creamy coconut curry, served with steamed rice. It is a Goan delicacy developed for the initial milder Portuguese palate and is the perfect curry dish for lunch, not too heavy and the chicken was perfectly cooked in the sauce. I asked for some extra chillis to go with my dish as it is not a spicy dish, but that’s only because I am a bit of a chilli addict. I really enjoyed the sauce and only wish I had a little more to go with my rice. My friend had Goan Prawn Curry & Rice which is a staple curry of Goa cooked with tiger prawns and served with Arroz Vermilho (organic red rice) which I sampled and was very impressed with.
There are lots of restaurants to visit in the Waterloo area and Assado is definitely a worthy addition. If you’re looking for something unusual to satisfy your taste-buds head down to Assado!
- Lunch meetings
- Catching up with friends