If you’ve been to Gunpowder in Spitalfields, the alternative foodie’s Dishoom, you’ll know to expect food of the highest order from a visit to husband-and-wife duo Harneet and Devina Baweja’s latest venture, Madame D.
Located right around the corner from Gunpowder, the new spot specialises in Himalayan sharing plates in a cramped upstairs dining room. The menu is small, and while I only managed to get through four or five dishes, I would put very good money on every dish being absolutely phenomenal, as was my experience.
Small naga chilly puffs are fluffy balls of heaven packed with tender, lightly spiced beef. The Haka Chilly paneer is unlike anything I’ve eaten before; small cubes of creamy paneer cheese drenched in an earth-shatteringly delicious blend of garlic, onion and chili. Pork Nepali, strips of braised pork are laid on a bed of cabbage and red onion sharpened with lime juice. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Get to it before everyone else does.