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Asha’s, Wafi
Nominated for Best Indian
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Serving fine north-west Indian cuisine in warm, modern surroundings, this Wafi old-timer (it’s been around for over ten years) is named after and belongs to famous Hindi singer Asha Bhosle. The ample menu is littered with quotes and short anecdotes about her and her family, offering a welcome background that adds interest to the dining experience. The restaurant’s interior is an atmospheric affair, with dimmed lighting, abundant reds and oranges, and freshly cut flowers. The raised central area lends itself well if you’re dining in a group, while tables around the edges offer couples enhanced privacy and intimacy. The altogether more contemporary dishes may not always satisfy strict traditionalists, but we applaud the exquisite flavours, the attention to detail and the beautiful presentation. It’s clear that Asha’s isn’t just another Indian, but a high-end, classy affair, well suited to a special occasion. Expect tasty food, slick staff, an inviting atmosphere and prices to match.
Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm; 7pm-midnight. Wafi, Oud Metha, (04 324 4100).

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