My boyfriend has been wishing for Indo-Chinese food to make its way to London for as long as I’ve known him.
And, I don’t know if he finally found the magic lamp or something, but it looks like his wish has finally come true.
Hidden away behind the Old Spitafields market, you’ll find Gunpowder‘s new baby sister – Madame D – serving up a modern interpretation of the food prepared by Chinese-Tibetan immigrants in India.
To be honest, Madame D is a bit of a hipster child wonder.
Brick, plants, candles, creative cocktails, short but sweet menu of small plates designed to share, it has it all.
And it’s all very, very good indeed!
Starting with the naga chilli beef puffs.
Crispy on the outside & steamy on the inside, delightful spiced and utterly addictive beef morsels.
So addictive I easily could have eaten a buffet-sized plate of those all by myself. Sadly, that wasn’t on the menu.
Hakka chilli paneer – an irresistible take on the BF’s usual order at his favourite Delhi restaurant.
Sweet, sour, spicy and all in all spectacular, we fought over the last pieces and vowed to order it again on our next visit.
Ginger-scented stuffed aubergine with mushrooms.
Thanksfully not as spicy as the deep-red sauce would have you believe, but every inch as delicious!
Light and fragrant Kathmandu curry with bamboo shoots and sweet potato served over mountains of steamed rice.
Himalayan fried chicken, served Chinese-style with sliced spring onion, chilli and vinegar dipping sauce.
Much like the rest of the food at Madame D – absolutely faultless and just ridiculously tasty – all paired with super cosy atmosphere (the flip side of that one smallish-room, no reservation situation) and swift yet attentive service.
Unsurprisingly, getting a table is already near-impossible. But when the food’s that good, you’ll forget about the inconvenience the second the food hits the table and start making plans to go back to before you’ve even left.