“Strong fish and seafood offering”
Simply Indian, a new 60 cover restaurant, has opened on the site of the former Wadhurst Grill on the East Sussex town’s high street.
The menu features traditional curry house favourites, but also has a strong fish and seafood offering. Starters include ‘Simply Chula Salmon’, ‘Kaffna’ – mussels cooked in a Bengali-style medium sauce and ‘Simply Squid Salad’ (each £6.95). Signature dishes include, ‘Bengali Mustard Fish’ – skinless fangash fillet cooked with mustard, cumin and fennel seeds (£12.95) and Steamed Sea Bass garnished with mild to medium herbs and spices (£17.95)
Simply Indian, is the latest venture of successful restaurateurs Jamal Rahman and Kowsar Ali, who also own Indian restaurants in Bournemouth (Westbourne Tandoori), Reading (Bengal Beef) and West Drayton (Golden Curry), but were drawn to the area because of its affluent population and scenic countryside.
“We decided to open a restaurant here after visiting friends in the area and felt immediately at home surrounded by the rolling fields and ancient woodland,” explained Jamal, adding, “It’s clear from the fantastic range of quality restaurants and quality local produce, residents appreciate good food.”
With a philosophy that can be summed up on three words, “Style, passion and service”, co owner Kowsar describes their business model, “We’re not claiming to offer fusion cuisine or food from the sub continent with a trendy contemporary twist. Curry is the nation’s favourite – why change it? Our aim is a simple one – hence then name, Simply Indian – and that’s to offer people’s favourite dishes, using top chefs and the best quality ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible.
Ali and Rahman, who hope to spark an upturn in the use of fish and seafood in the British curry scene, are mystified why Indian restaurants with largely Bengali heritage which owes much to its coastal location, ignores fruits of the sea.
Open 7 days a week: 12.30 –2.30 and 5.30 – 11.00
Take away menu available.
Simply Indian Fenn House, High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6AJ