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A lot of new restaurants have been springing up in Kennedy Town recently. New apartment buildings and the MTR extension are attracting new businesses to the area. But the Clay Oven is no new kid on the block, it’s been there for twenty years according to the chef.
I remember eating there maybe about ten years ago so I decided it was time to go back. I don’t really remember much about that first visit, the decor was different but that is hardly surprising. It still has the unmistakable feel of an Indian restaurant.
I tucked myself into a table by the window and was immediately presented with a popadum and some vegetable pakora. This was a bonus, I’d been thinking of ordering pakora as a starter anyway but but since I already had a sample I decided to go for the samosas ($36) instead. I considered a bottle of Kingfisher beer to go with it but in the end I went for a mango lassi ($24).
Most of the menu is familiar, all the classic dishes that you’d expect are there. One of the items that caught my attention was the tandoori fish ($78). This was a whole fish served on a sizzling plate. The chef wasn’t sure of the English name for it. I thought sardine, there was definitely that kind of flavour to it but I suspect I’m wrong, it was too big for a sardine. Whatever the fish it was really quite delicious, and came with very few bones. Well worth a trip to Kennedy Town in its own right.
To go with it I ordered a plain nan ($14) and yellow dal ($58). Usually I would order two nan but I was warned that here they are a lot larger than normal so I settled for one. Actually I think one and a half would have been ideal for me in order to mop up the last of the delicious yellow dal.
Although some of the dishes are designed to be spicy and wouldn’t be right if they were not. There are plenty of dishes on the menu that can be prepared how you prefer. The menu offers three levels, extreme, intermediate and gentle.
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There are only two desserts on the menu, ras malai and the ever popular gulab jamun ($18). I opted for the latter
G/F 27-31 Catchick Street
Tel 2872 6900