Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Punishing wait for sadism butterfly

Ever since I posted about the intriguing 'Sadism Butterfly' dish on offer at Worcester Park's newest takeaway 'Ginger & Garlic', the temptation to try it (and the rest of the menu) out has been too great to resist.

I soon realised that if Worcester Park had a collective voice, it would be saying:

"Go forth, and try the new takeaway. It is your duty to this town. Oh, and buy yourself some beer to go with it as well."

When I arrived at Ginger & Garlic on Saturday evening, there was a palpable sense of confusion over my presence, so I'm guessing there hasn't quite been a stampede yet, but once a pen and paper had been found, the ordering process began.

Faced with a half hour wait, I opted to go home and park myself in front of light entertainment's finest stars, whilst the chefs did their business back at the kitchen. Boy am I glad I chose that option - Harry Hill had finished burping and Graham Norton was half-way through his weekly outing of nancies by the time the food arrived a whole hour after ordering.

Firstly for the sadism butterflies - which turned out (somewhat disappointingly) to be crispy king prawns with an accompanying salad. Not a masochistic insect in sight.

As for the rest of the food, both Worcester Park thumbs go up in appreciation of some brilliantly cooked fare with well balanced flavours and spices - food with what Mrs WP could only describe as a 'home cooked' feel (meant in a positive way).

Overall impressions? The Sri Lankan food is a welcome complement to the glut of Indian-style takeaways. Fans of curries can still get their fix here, but for the slightly more adventurous there's the chance to venture a little off the beaten-path of biryanis and experience something altogether different.

They even do a curry pizza. Beat that, Papa John!

Do give them a try - you can find them next to Mikes Music in Windsor Road (around the corner from Pizza Express).

Oh and do mention the Worcester Park blog when you visit. It won't do you any good, but the confusion on their faces will no doubt be priceless.