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Can anyone remember a time before the Geetanjali Tandoori?
The Geetanjali Tandoori (or Pete ‘n’ Charlie’s as I call it) must surely be a West Chiswick institution. Can any anybody remember a time when it wasn’t there?
It’s seen off all the various incarnations of its next door neighbour – The Ganges, Le Parisienne, Libation, Garni and its next door neighbour but three The Taj. So what’s the secret to this drab, unassuming, little place’s longevity?
After more than quarter of a century in West Chiswick I’ve never been to the Geetanjali, which is a serious oversight so I decided to give it a go.
The point with Geetanjali is there are no surprises – it’s a good old fashioned curry house – the sort of place you’d go for a Ruby Murray. I had a neighbour who supported Sheffield United and he and his mates went to the Geetanjali whenever their team lost. I can’t remember the year so I don’t know by how much they swelled the Geetanjali coffers, but if it had been Brentford..........
The menu is the standard fare you’ve seen a hundred times before, in curry houses where they don’t feel the need to follow the leads set by the new wave like Chutney Mary and Vineet Bhatia. Such is the soothing familiarity of Geetanjali that an elderly acquaintance, who swears he never eats foreign food, regularly gets take-aways from there .
Although when I’ve walked past it, especially on a Saturday, it looks busy, the night we went it was virtually empty. But then it was cold and wet and there was probably football on the tele.
We had the usual – papadums with pickles, chicken pakora and onion bhajee followed by saag paneer, chana dall, brinjal bhajee, and chicken tikka jalfrezi and a naan.
There are couple of nods to modernity – they’ve painted over the flocked wallpaper – you can tell be running your hand over it and feeling the bumps – and the sitar music
But it is the food that counts and that was good , in a middle of the road sort of way.
And the food is not too greasy – I suspect ghee has been substituted by vegetable oil.
So what else could we have chosen? There’s something for everybody – tandooris, baltis, birianis, dansaks and lamb, chicken and prawn curries in all varieties – korma, dupiaza, gosht, bhuna, tikka massala and, for the brave and foolhardy, vindloos and phalls. Together with usual selection of vegetarian dishes.
There’s a reasonable choice of wines, beers and, of course, lager and the prices are a lot less that a ticket to a football match. Our bill which included a shared kulfi, a bottle of reasonable wine and two coffees came to £49.00.
So, whether your team is a loser or a winner, when only a Ruby and a pint of lager will do, get down to Pete & Charlie’s.
March 7, 2008