When we last had lunch here, back in November 2017, the restaurant was planning to move to new premises, literally across the road. It’s taken a goodly a while but the move has finally taken place.
I have some fond memories of the new building in its earlier form as a social club as it’s where I held my retirement party years back. And the move has clearly been a success as, even on a Monday lunchtime, they were doing good business. And it’s a move upmarket – this is now definitely restaurant, rather than café. But still an entirely vegetarian menu which it worth the briefish schlep from North Cheshire.
The menu is divided up into categories – street food, South Indian mains, etc. But, the divisions are less clear than a western menu. So, we ordered a couple of things from the obvious starters and a couple of mains – but asked for
, like an envelope. It came with the expected sambhar and coconut chutney, everything to come together so we could “mix and match”.
There was papdi chaat – a mix of potato, tomato, chickpeas, bound together with creamy yoghurt and a sweet/sharp tamarind sauce. It’s garnished with the crisp papdi pastry rounds. The contrast between the flavourings and textures was absolutely bang-on. There was also a rava dosa – different from your usual dosa in that it’s made from semolina and is served folded round its filling, of spring onionstogether with a green chutney that was probably coriander based. And, unlike the standard dosa which is always very crisp, this was only crisp round the edges – I’ve no idea if that’s the intent.
A vegetarian kofta (think falafel) was flavoursome and had a good texture. The balls (three, I think), came in a tomato sauce that was quite poky. Vegetables Jaipuri was a lovely mix of veg – green beans, carrot, green chilli(?), cashew nuts, amongst others. All of them just cooked so still retaining a little bite. The sauce seemed both light in texture yet rich in flavour with more coming from shreds of paneer.
Oh, and they’ve expanded their on-site “deli” which meant I was walking away with a small box of mixed sweets
I’m not sure how many times we’ve now visited Lily’s but I do know we’ve never been served a duff dish.