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TAPAS STYLE INDIAN LUNCH

Monday & Thursday 12 PM - 3.00 PM  - Last Order: 2:30 PM 

Friday - Saturday 12 PM - 4.30 PM - Last Order: 4:00 PM

Not Available on Sunday

March offer: Use code ''GoogleTapas'' and get 2 for 1 on all dishes including thali's, biryanis and dosais.*

*Terms and conditions apply

 Fruit Lassis

Salted Lassi | Mango Lassi | Passionfruit Lassi | Strawberry Lassi | White Peach Lassi | Coconut Lassi

Our Lunch menu consists of a variety of small plates made up of tapas style dishes. You can order any one dish or a selection of dishes to enjoy on your own or share with friends, family or work colleagues. Our menu is also designed in a way that enables our guests to sample a wide range of dishes before making bookings for a more elaborate ala carte style evening dinner experience.

This menu suits diners who are dining on their own, in twos or in big groups. Our service style for lunch is more casual and does not follow a three course sequence. Essentially, the dishes are served as soon as they are ready.

 

Vegetarian / Vegan dishes £12.95 per dish

 

Sweet potato dumplings, coconut chutney, sambar. VE

This is a typical street food snack from South and Western India. Great for vegans and for people with gluten intolerances.

(Vegan) (Allergy: MD, SD) 

Cauliflower Manchurian VE

Manchurian is the result of the adaptation of Chinese cooking and seasoning techniques to suit Indian tastes and has become a staple of Indian Chinese cuisine. Crispy morish nuggets of cauliflower, wrapped in a hot and spicy Indo-Chinese style sauce.

(Vegan) (Allergy: SY,G)

Homemade vegetarian samosa and chutneys. VE

These South Asian pastry savoury snack has a filling of potatoes, red onions, sweet corn, and spices. 

(Ask for Vegan option) (Allergy: G, SD, D)

Steamed vegetable pitha , sambar , coconut chutney

Pitha is a Bengali rice based steamed pancake stuffed with spiced vegetables .

(Allergen : mustard)

 

Mini dosai with gently spiced potatoes ,mustard and onions

Sambar and assorted chutneys. Dosai is a South Indian crepe that is rich in carbohydrates and proteins.

(Allergen: mustard)

 

Black chickpea, potatoes chaat tart, assorted chutneys , gram flour crispies

(Allergen : Gluten, dairy)

 

Poppy seeds (posto) patty , pickled kasundi mustard

(Allergen : Gluten)

 

Banana blossom patty , lentil and garlic crumb, tomato and garlic chutney

(Allergen : mustard, gluten)

 

Portobello mushroom and potato wellington ,red lentil and tomato sauce

(Allergen : Gluten , mustard )

Meat dishes £15.95 per dish

Bhuna style pork ribs, salad, sweet chilli dressing, roast potatoes (4 pcs)
A Cook’s Tale  speciality made of slow roasted pork shoulder infused with Indian and Chinese flavours.
(Allergen : Gluten, Egg, Soya)
 

Chicken breast in a creamy mace and cardamom marinade, salad, yoghurt raita ,coriander chutney (2 skewers)

(Allergen : Milk, Sesame ,Mustard)

Crispy chicken cutlet with a mint and yoghurt raita and fresh salad. (2 pcs)

(Allergen: Dairy, Gluten, egg)

Goan style spiced scotch quail eggs with butter chicken sauce (3 Pcs)

(Allergen: Gluten, Milk, egg)

Breast of wild duck, Duck pate, mango and chilli sauce

(Allergen : Mustard)

Lamb kebab , mint and coriander chutney , mango and onion salad ( 2 skewers)

(Allergen: Gluten, Milk)

Lamb Cutlet, aubergine mash, stem pepper sauce ( 3 Pcs)

(Allergen : Milk, mustard)

Pulled Lamb cigar, fresh salad, coriander chutney, cucumber raita (2 pcs)

(Allergen : Gluten)

Bengali chicken puff, salad, butter chicken sauce
(Allergen : gluten, mustard, milk)
 

Seafood dishes £16.95 per dish

 

Seafood cakes with red onions, garlic, spring onions and sweet chilli sauce (3 pcs)
These fusion style crab cakes have been inspired by flavours from Thailand. They have been created using brown and white British crab meat and Indian and Thai spices. They are full of flavour and moderately spiced.
(Allergen : Gluten, Crustacean, Egg, Fish, Mollusc, Mustard)
 

Fillet of grilled sea bass, seasonal greens, Kerala style coconut sauce.

We have drawn inspiration from a traditional Kerala recipe called fish moilee. 

(Allergen : Fish, Dairy, Mustard, Mollusc ,Crustaceans,)

 

Tiger prawns skewer grilled in a seafood marinade,tamarind chutney (2 skewers)

These prawns are coated in a marinade of mustard, ginger and aromatic spices and then lightly grilled. They are mild to medium in flavour and are deliciously matched with a tangy tomato sauce.

(Allergy: Crustacean, Mustard)

 

Soft shell crab, crab raita, pickled samphire (2 pcs)

These delicious crabs are caught in the warm waters of the Indian rivers, they are a rare delicacy and are only

harvested three months in a year.

(Allergen : Crustaceans, Mollusc, Fish, Mustard, Gluten)

 

Cod steamed in banana leaf ,fish and mustard jus (2 pcs)

(Allergen : mustard)

Biryani

 

Chicken Biryani - £22.95

Butter chicken sauce with seasonal vegetables, yoghurt raita.

Allergen advice. Directly contains: - Gluten, milk, mustard

Lamb Biryani - £24.95

Kashmiri style sauce with seasonal vegetables, yoghurt raita.

Allergen advice. Directly contains: - Gluten, milk, mustard

Seafood Biryani - £24.95

South Indian style sauce with sauteed spinach, yoghurt raita.

Allergen advice. Directly contains: - Gluten, milk, mustard

Vegetable Biryani - £17.95

Seasonal vegetables and paneer, lentil dahl, yoghurt raita.

Allergen advice. Directly contains: - Gluten, milk, mustard

Vegan Biryani - £17.95

Seasonal vegetables and soya, lentil dahl, yoghurt raita.

Allergen advice. Directly contains: - Gluten, mustard,soya

Dosai

A thin and crispy South Indian crepe, made using a rice and lentil batter, filled with a variety of savoury fillings (selection below). Served with a lentil soup called sambar and an assortment of chutneys.

(Allergens: CE, MLK, MD, E) (Ask for vegan) 

Choose From:

Dosas for 1:  Masala potato - £16.95            Spinach - £17.95         Chicken - £20.95         Lamb - £22.95

Dosas for 2:  Masala potato - £29.95            Spinach - £30.95         Chicken - £36.95         Lamb - £39.95

Thali

A Thali refers to an indian style meal made up of various small tapas style dishes served on a round platter. (Allergens change on a daily basis)

Vegetarian Thali - £22.95
Butter Paneer, black chickpea masala, Bengali roast potatoes with poppy seeds, lentils, seasonal vegetables kadai, cumin rice, paratha, poppadoms, salad, onion bhaji, crispy okra, raita, samosa, homemade pickle.

Vegan Thali - £22.95
Smoked Aubergine mash, black chickpea masala, Bengali roast potatoes with poppy seeds, lentils, seasonal vegetables kadai, cumin rice, paratha, poppadoms, salad, onion bhaji, crispy okra, samosa,  coriander chutney,  homemade pickle 

 

Seafood Thali - £28.95
Kerala Style Prawn and squid, grilled sea bass, wild cod in banana leaf,  crab cake, soft shell crab, lentils, Bengali roast potatoes with poppy seeds, seasonal vegetables kadai, cumin rice, paratha ,poppadoms, crispy salad, raita, homemade pickles

Meat Thali - £28.95
Butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, lamb kebab, chicken cutlet, samosa,Bengali roast potatoes with poppy seeds, seasonal vegetables kadai, lentils, paratha, cumin rice, poppadoms , crispy salad, ,raita, homemade pickles
 

Hot drink and mini dessert £12.95

(Without hot drink (£9.95)

 

Choose a pudding:

Rose and vanilla crème brûlée.

An exotic twist to a classical French dessert with a subtle hint of rose and Madagascan vanilla. (Allergy: Egg, Milk)

 

Chocolate samosa.

Handcrafted by our dessert chefs, these moreish nuggets of sweet pastry and milk chocolate were introduced to Kent by us in 2005. (Allergen: Gluten, Milk, Sulphur dioxide ,  Egg)

 

Mango kulfi.

It is a traditional Indian Ice cream. Every region has its own flavour and speciality. It is a popular choice during the hot and sweltering Indian summer months.  (Allergen : Milk,Egg)

 

Lemon bavarois.

An excellent palate cleanser after a flavoursome and spicy meal. Star anise adds depth and complexity of flavour to this tangy citrusy French pudding. (Allergy: Milk,egg)

 

Spanish saffron, Madagascan vanilla and coconut cheesecake.

This is our twist on a classic cheesecake. Not too sweet. Creamy with hints of saffron. (Allergen: Milk, Gluten)

 

Chocolate Tart.

This is one not to be missed by chocoholics! Rich Chocolate tart with indulgent chocolate biscuit base

(Allergen: Gluten, Milk, Egg, Nuts, Peanuts, Soya)

 

Vegan Chocolate Delice.

A treat for vegans made with dairy free dark chocolate on a ginger nut biscuit base. The mousse is created using plant based cream and butter. . (Allergen : Gluten, Nuts, Peanuts, Soya)

 

Choose a Hot Drink : (Coconut milk available on request)

Hot Chocolate £4.95

Chai Latte £6.95

 

Coffees

Americano £3.95

Latte £3.95

Flat White £3.95

Cappuccino £3.95

Single £2.45 / Double Espresso £3.45

 

Teas

Masala Chai £4.25

English Breakfast Tea  £4.25

Peppermint Tea £4.25

Green Tea £4.25

Chamomile £4.25

Red Berry Tea  £4.25

Earl Grey £4.25

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SIDES:

Garlic and coriander naan £4.95 | Chickpea Masala £6.95 | Crispy okra £6.95 | Seasonal mixed vegetables £4.95 | Cumin rice £4.95 | Spinach and lentil £5.95 |Masala potato £5.95 |Assorted pickles and chutneys £2.95 |Charcoal roasted aubergine mash £5.95|Roasted potatoes with poppy seeds £5.95|Bengali Fondant potatoes £5.95

"Wonderful time and lunch with friends

Lunch with friends at this place was fabulous. They offer vegan and vegetarian options. The food arrived quickly and it was tasty. Friendly staff and refreshing cocktails. Good location of the restaurant as well. We will be back."

Vufik Vasken 

Tripadvisor 13 Sep 23

Enjoyable food full of flavour. Exceptional customer service. Highly recommended

Fantastic Indian restaurant that left a lasting impression on us. We were greeted by a warm and welcoming lady.
The lady who served us was not only knowledgeable about the menu but also incredibly attentive to our needs. She guided us through the diverse dishes, making excellent recommendations based on our preferences.
The food was extremely tasty. The flavours were authentic and unforgettable. We will be back"

MyAntony12

Tripadvisor Sep 23

"

Lovely unexpected experience

Ashar served us yesterday evening, we went for a quick eat just before we went on a ghost tour. She was very informative and had a good recommendation for us as we haven’t tried much Indian dishes. She was prompt and very knowledgeable plus she gave us a proper service explaining us how to eat the food to enjoy the full experience. She is a star, thank you so much for the experience. Will be back!"

Pirvur2021

Aug 2023 

"Delicious food and fab service We’ve eaten here twice in recent months and each time the food has been delicious! The first time we had the set lunch, and then last night the Bottomless Thali.
Both have been fab; flavoursome and tasty.
The staff and service is great too. Ashar, the manager, in particular is brilliant and an asset to the restaurant.
I’d highly recommend The Cook’s Tale, and plan to return again soon!

"

HannahC1984

Aug 2023

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