Jun 19 2015

Salloos

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Salloos is one of London's oldest Pakistani restaurants, which first opened in 1966 in Pakistan and after the owner moved to London, has been operating at the same Belgravia/ Knightsbridge site we went to since 1976.  Salloos was opened in 1966 by Mr Salahuddin or Salloo as his family and friends called him, who had a deep passion for food, that he learn from his mum and initially the restaurant he opened in Pakistan in 1966 was run out of his house. Salloos in 1976 was the only upscale Pakistani restaurant in London.

The Mughal kings ruled India before the British, and Salloos serves Pakistani food and focuses on Mughlai style of cooking and cooking from Persia and Arabia. Salloos is located in a small muse house, close to the Berkeley hotel and next to a few pubs which were full as I was approaching Salloos on a Friday night. Salloss is still a family owned restaurant, and I was greeted as I entered and taken to my table. The Pakistani restaurant that I visit frequently is Lahore and the interior in Salloos is very different. It is a true Knightsbridge restaurant with white tablecloths and an upscale environment. The restaurant was also full on a Friday evening, so it is clearly very popular.

The food is not cheap. The menu is divided into tandoori dishes that have been marinated 24 hours, salloos specialities (curry type of dishes mainly), Saallan (mixed sort of dishes), rice dishes, kebabs and vegetable dishes. The main courses are £20 on average and the portions are good, but not huge. My friend who had recommended I come to Salloos told me to pre-order the dish “Chicken in Cheese” which was their speciality. Chicken and cheese sounded a bit strange to me, but I wanted to have a go, considering this was such a speciality. The dish cost £23.50 and was a Cheese Souffle with a crisp cheese crust “encasing a gooey melt of cheese sauce and roasted pieces of chicken”. It was one of the heaviest dishes I have had in a while. Realistically it was a lot of melted cheese with chicken pieces and I quite liked the taste of it, but it was so heavy and I felt my belly grow as I was eating it. My dinner buddies did not really like it, due to this fattiness/ heavyness.

I love lamb chops at Lahore, so we also ordered the “tandoori chops”, which the menu said was their signature dish and were “melt in the mouth tender and moist” lamb chops. Here though they cost £24.50, so around 4x more than the lamb chops at Lahore, and they were thicker and had more meat on them than the Lahore chops, and you could taste better quality meat, but considering we only got 4 chops for this price, so paid around £6 for a chop, I thought it was too much. I also personally prefer the thinner and more flavoursome lamb chops at Lahore and Tayyabs.

We also ordered a curry - Chicken Karahi (£18.50), which is a speciality from the Khyber region, deboned chicken cooked in fresh tomatoes, ginger, green chillies and fragrant coriander, as well as pulao (Basmati rice cooked in homemade lamb stock and punctuated with fragrant whole spices of cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon) and naad bread and a vegetable dish of Bhindi (Okra cooked with tomatoes, onions and spices for £10.50) to go with it. I thought the pulao rice was very fragrant, the chicken karahi was a good curry but once again I think the same dish is a lot more flavoursome (and 3x cheaper) at Lahore. The okra was tasty, but this dish I thought lacked a bit of flavour, and I usually enjoy okra dishes more, also I thought £10.50 for a small vegetable side dish was too much.

The food at Salloos is definitely better quality than at Lahore and Tayyabs, it does feel like the food is less oily and the ingredients better quality, but taste-wise I do prefer Lahore and Tayyabs. But if you want upscale Pakistani food, Salloos is great.

Date: 12/ 06/ 15
Location: Knightsbridge
Price for 3 people, some alcohol: around £130

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Salloos
62-64 Kinnerton Street SW1X 8ER
London
United Kingdom
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