The Clay Oven
This review is taken from the 2010 edition.
A steady stream of business flocks to this neighbourhood restaurant, and passing trade is not the secret. Loyal Morningside residents provide the mainstay for success in an establishment where pristine white linen tablecloths and handsomely uniformed waiters are the norm. Home-made cheese is a recurring theme here, and cubes of pakora-style panir are a fine way of getting things started, the marinated, soft fillings contrasting with the crispy battered casing. An impressively proactive website boasts of a Sunday buffet and contains a 'featured dishes' section, detailing some house specialities and allowing the more indecisive diner to take some advice. One such dish is podina murgh massallam, which has the customary hue and flavours of a tikka massala, but with a zap of fresh mint to differentiate it a little from the nation’s favourite curry. They might not come here from far and wide, but with the locals' spice cravings amply catered for, that won't worry the ownership.
- High point: Good-value fare, popular with locals
- Low point: Doesn’t stand out enough to be popular with non-locals
- Delivery: Free for orders over £10 in three-mile radius
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Bollywood pop
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2000
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £12.50 per bottle
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