When one of your favourite restaurants in London opens a sister site, you race down there pronto. That’s exactly how Ed and I ended up at Madame D, the sister site to Gunpowder, a couple of weeks ago, for a delicious, blow-your-head-off-hot dinner that I’ve raved about to everyone since.
Madame D is a mere 100m away from Gunpowder, an epic intimate Indian you really, really need to check out if you haven’t already been. If you have (or if you fancy something a little different), get yourself to Madame D — a Himalayan restaurant near Liverpool St that’s fuss-free, affordable, full of flavour and fiery hot. It takes bookings too, so go on, make one now.
Just like Gunpowder, Madame D has a straight forward menu: 15 or so dishes in total, including starter and sides, all designed to be shared, priced from £3 to £15. You decide, you order, and they’ll arrive when they’re ready. Our charming waiter raved about the beef puff so Ed started with that whilst I got to ordering the rest of the dishes. Now, the menu changes regularly so I’m not going to go into so much detail but to give you an idea…
The crispy noodle and potato bhel arrived first, a delicious and comforting bowl of carbs that was perfectly spiced and crunchy.
Next, the hakka chilli paneer which was, no joke, flames in my mouth. You’d think the creamy paneer would cool it down but nope, this was a seriously hot dish. But the kind of hot that as soon as your mouth cool down, you go in for another bite, then pile in mouthfuls of egg fried rice to neutralise. Don’t miss it though, it’s pretty damn special.
Finally, we shared the whole sea bass, which so delicately flaked off the bones, and was perfectly flavoured, with zingy ginger-soy dressing and shredded spring onion. And a side of garlicky tender stem broccoli, because basically, I can’t see broccoli on a menu and not get it.
You could stop there and leave very happy, or even go downstairs into the relaxed bar area for a cheap (£4.55) glass of wine. What I recommend you do though, is what we did, and order dessert. Their secret recipe stem ginger ice cream is worth sticking around for. So delicious and refreshing, I would eat that all day...