chutney

EastZEast opened its doors in 2011 with much fanfare. Situated on the King’s Dock, next to the iconic ferris wheel and a stone’s throw away from the Echo Arena, it’s within easy walking distance from Liverpool One.

wheel

As we entered, our view was obscured by walls of water cascading down glass which fell away to reveal an interior of sophisticated opulence. The gleaming marble floor was dotted with palm trees that towered above us, adding an exotic twist to the decor.

We were shown to our table and given expansive menus to browse.

For starters, we went with the poppadoms (70p) and pickle tray (2.95), onion Bhajis (£4.45) and Paneer Tikka (£5.95). The pickle tray with an eclectic mix of spicy and mild dips. From cool and creamy to sweet plum to fiery tomato. My favourite was the Desi: a light, coriander-based chutney with a complex flavour and just the right amount of spicy aftertaste. Without a doubt, the onion bhajis were the best I’ve ever tried: crisp and light (without the usual pool of oil), they were aromatic and spicy. The paneer tikka however, lacked in flavour despite still giving a heavy, spicy blow to the back of the throat.

EastZEast’s endless list of curries is certainly the envy of other Indian restaurants, and left us spoilt for choice. After much deliberation, I settled for a Goa Chicken (£11.95) and my boyfriend for a Peshwari Gosht (£13.95). Most of the curry dishes don’t come with rice, so the extra charge of £3.50 brought the cost of a main up to about £14-16 on average. We also ordered a family naan bread (£3.95) to share.

naan

The food arrived promptly, and was well presented. The naan bread was a show-stopping centrepiece, mounted on a tall metal rack. The Goa Chicken was steeped in a creamy sauce, with a subtle hint of mango. It was perfect for someone who prefers minimum spice, whilst still looking for great flavour. The Peshwari Gosht was even better, with chunks of rich lamb in a fragrant, lightly spiced sauce. The house dry white wine (£5.15) was subtle in taste and complimented the richness of the lamb well.

mango

I thought I should give the basmati pilau rice a special mention. Whilst it was expensive, it was amazingly flavoured. I would even go as far to say that I would buy just a bowl of rice and happily munch my way through it.

lamb

For dessert, we decided to shun the western choices and opt for the traditional Indian ones. We went for the Gajar Halwa (£2.95) and the Gulab Jamon (£2.95). The Gajar Halwa was a strange, cheesecake-like dish containing carrot. It was great for the first few bites, but soon became a bit too rich. Similarly, the Gulab Jamon, balls of doughnut-like batter steeped in rose syrup, also became too sweet after the first few bites. I would definitely suggest going to one of the western desserts instead.

dessert

Throughout, the service was very professional and quick. The waiters were all very attentive and seemed happy to help explain items on the menu.

Overall, the dinner was expensive for the two of us (£73), so EastZEast would definitely be somewhere you’d go for a special occasion only.

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