Blighted by near constant tramworks on Shandwick since opening in 2010, Kasturi’s has had to rely on the takeaway side to showcase its restaurant wares to a wider audience, which is a shame as the cuisine probably doesn’t travel as well to your door as it would to the table. There’s a reliable level of heat across the menu – slow-burning and warming rather than fiery – but while spice levels are well-balanced and measured, execution elsewhere can be hit or miss. Lamb palak is admirably meaty, but its sloppy, soupy texture doesn't present so well in a takeaway foil tray, while a velvety chicken tikka masala has a pleasant kick, the citrus tang doesn't linger long enough to mask the tomatoey soup base.
Set among the mix of shops on Shandwick Place, Kasturi has a cavernous feel to it, stretching further back than you expect from its narrow front. With a prime location and an enticing menu, the restaurant attracts diners throughout the week. The interior’s bright blue and purple lighting gives it the feel of a swanky bar, partnered with tables laid with white linen and an open kitchen at the back. Perhaps start with beautifully crisp vegetable samosas, while for mains the wealth of options includes a strong array of fish curries such as king prawn jalfrezi. Most dishes have helpful side recommendations: the salty tang of saag aloo perfectly balances the spicy kick of chicken bhuna. The naan bread is a delight – hot, puffy and garnished with flecks of garlic and herbs. To drink there’s a good range of options on the wine list, along with beers and spirits, but if you’re looking for dessert, your options are limited.
- High point: Extensive seafood curry selection
- Low point: Bought-in ice-cream desserts
- Notable dish: Goa fish curry
- Delivery: Free within a 2 mile radius
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Mix of popular music
- Capacity: 85
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle