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Live Dosa, Chelmsford Essex

Live Dosa is a small family run restaurant that recently opened near Chelmsford station in Essex. The restaurant’s owners know their stuff when it comes to gluten free diets and were happy to talk us through which dishes were suitable. The owners take pride in being the first Keralan (South Indian) restaurant in Chelmsford; they serve traditional Keralan food which, we’re pleased to report, is almost all suitable for gluten free diets. The biggest surprise was that many of the battered dishes were made with corn flour and rice flour, so were fine for us to eat. We also got a huge selection of bread dishes to choose from – which never normally happens! We began with a dosa, filled with chicken – and gluten free! It was served with a selection of sauces and tasted great. Next up was a starter of chicken, deep fried with spices. For mains we tried the tandoori chicken, one of the best versions of this we’ve had!   It was accompanied by ‘uthappam’ a gluten free type of Indian bread made by …

Namaasté Kitchen, Camden

Camden isn’t much of a foodie paradise. I can only assume that those who reside there don’t actually eat, they’re all too busy dying their hair ironic shades of neon and clumping about in ten stone shoes to notice the calls of hunger. I guess they starve, in the end. A sad tale. If they do take time out from their frighteningly-cool lives to have a bite to eat though the Camden folk go to Naamaste, because it’s the only decent eating establishment in the area. And because cool people like Indian cuisine.

Dishoom, Covent Garden

The good folk of Dishoom have attempted to bring a Bombay Café to Covent Garden, with varying success. The end result is a buzzing, lively restaurant which does not take reservations (obviously) and serves a wild selection of properly Indian dishes and pretending-to-be-Indian dishes from within a sepia-walled basement. We arrived at 9pm on a Saturday night, and were told there’d be an hour wait, but that was fine by us once we saw the very interesting drinks list. There’s a Bombay Pimm’s, a Bollybellini (absolutely delicious), a Chilli Martini and even a Chaijito (bit odd), all averagely priced for the area at £7-£8. It wasn’t an hour as it turned out – this was a soulless lie. It was about 20 minutes. And so we ventured into the restaurant, where we found ourselves completely surrounded by walls of old Bollywood advertising that appeared to have encountered Instagram somewhere along the way. I’ll put that aside though, because wannabe-hipster or not the restaurant has that great, lively atmosphere that most local curry houses don’t. Service …