Shri Swaminayaran Mandi, the stunning marble temple in northwest London, seems better placed amongst sunshine, rolling hills, and butterflies than the big-box industrial frenzy of Wembley. But take a cultural and culinary journey via temple tour and feast at adjacent Shayona and you will not be disappointed. Ours began with sec dahi puri – crispy morsels of puffed bread doused in a green yoghurty topping, chilli paneer with its smoky Indian chipotle-esque flavour and a tandoori sizzler. All excellent. For mains we opted for the aloo pepper fry, vegetable sagwala – finely chopped veggies with a smooth cream-spinach sauce and an incredibly well-conceived stuffed aubergine dish. The cuisine follows rules of the Sattvic diet which forbids alcohol, meat, onions and garlic among other ingredients, but you won’t miss them when you tuck in. Promise. It’s worth the ride to Wembley. / Chloe McCloskey
IMAGE: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir”, popularly known as the” Neasden Temple
Photo credit: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha UK.