Darjeeling Express – Biryani Supper Club

It was only a couple of months ago that we popped in for a quick thali lunch and because we enjoyed the food so much we couldn’t wait to come back. During this time I noticed they were doing a Biryani Supper Club on a sunday afternoon. This was to be perfect as I had my birthday coming up and would be a great way to celebrate and indeed how right I was.

The supper club is priced at ninety five pounds per person and believe me it’s an afternoon you won’t forget. For this you get six courses including the main event the Lamb Dum Biryani which is absolutely fantastic. Also during the afternoon the amazing Asma Khan makes a couple of inspirational speeches.

The day itself starts when you arrive a 1pm. You receive a lovely welcome before being escorted to your table. You are immediately asked if you’d like to start with a drink from one of the waiters who throughout our lunch were so friendly. While enjoying your drinks your first course appears. This was the Bihari Phulki – lentil fritters with chilli and tamarind chutney and they were delicious.


At this point everyone is now in and seated so it was time for Asma to make her first speech to welcome us all. This was the followed by the next course Shammi Kebab – mutton minced kebab. Next to come we’re some amazing steamed dumplings called Darjeeling Chicken Momo served with red chilli and sesame chutney. The last dish before the main event were Puchkas. These were shells filled with chickpeas , potato and then filled with tamarind water and were absolutely fabulous.


Now it was time for the main event. Yes it’s Biryani time. Out comes this huge pot and the smell immediately dances it’s way around the room. Then while two of the ladies remove the lid and start to mix it all together Asma makes another speech explaining the history of the biryani. The biryani itself is made with a layer of meat , potato and rice that’s infused with saffron spices and then slowly cooked. It comes with chilli & onion gravy , apricot & prune chutney & beetroot raita. Believe me this is the best Biryani you are ever likely to eat. It was absolutely delicious and they also just keep bringing you more and more until you wave a white flag. At this point Asma tells everyone that the team will be coming round with boxes so you can take anything left away with you and I can tell you now you will have at least one box to takeaway. Asma says you must take otherwise it gets thrown away which is something she doesn’t want to see happen due to all the hard work that’s gone into preparing the dish.


You then finish with a delightful little trio of desserts. Khoobani ka Meetha – stewed apricots , Gajar ka Halwa – carrot halwa garnished with pistachio & Bhapa Doi a steamed yoghurt. These were just delightful and a perfect way to end a fantastic afternoon.


This brought to an end a truly amazing afternoon of stunning Indian food , excellent friendly and professional service all led by the inspirational Asma Khan and her amazing team. Personally if you love Indian food then a visit here is an absolute must. Even if it’s to just pop in and grab a quick bite from their on site deli then please do so. I absolutely can’t wait to visit again which I hope will be very soon. As we were leaving it was nice to have a quick chat with Asma herself giving us the opportunity to personally thank her for a memorable dining experience.

Thank You Asma and every member of your team for a fabulous afternoon and look forward to seeing you all again soon.


By Lloyd Stevens

I'm a big Foodie and love Fine Dining in AA Rosette and Michelin Star restaurants also enjoy good Pub Food especially Desserts . I been living in Hornchurch for 20yrs now and this year celebrate my 25th Wedding Anniversary to my wife Jane . We do enjoy our holidays with Italy & San Diego as our favourite destinations I've decided to focus more on my Foodie life due to over 3 years ago being struck down with nerve damage and recently spondylosis I do enjoy my sport and follow Chelsea , Juventus & San Diego Padres

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