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26 The Green, Ealing, London, W5 5DA
020 8840 6799
Angela Malik's Modern Asian Deli is the only one of its kind in the UK. Overlooking picturesque Ealing Green, it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to eat in or take-away.
The Modern Asian Deli offers perfect lunchtime alternatives to sandwiches which can be eaten in the light and airy café or as take out. There's even a ‘Lassi Bar' offering a refreshing range of Indian inspired smoothies and shakes packed with great ingredients and fresh flavours.
By night, the café becomes a cosy neighbourhood restaurant with candlelit tables for dining in as well as home-made meals to go which redefine the concept of takeaways.
Many dishes are gluten or dairy free.
Say goodbye to boring sandwiches and hello to deli-licious, vibrant lunch!
Mumsnet Ealing were very kindly invited for family lunch in Angela Malik's new Deli on the Green in July 2014 (opened in April 2014) and we absolutely loved it!
From the moment you step in, you set off on a discovery journey – learning about various ingredients and parts of the world. Angela's stamp is very obvious in every carefully thought-through detail. The interior is very modern and functional with funky high-tech features to transform the eatery into a cookery school.
There are packets, jars, tins everywhere – these are the ingredients Angela has chosen for her recipes and cooking demos.
After having spent few minutes gazing around, we finally make it to the counter and are welcomed by Amy, who runs the Deli, and her friendly team. The choice is impressive. Spicy harissa bean burgers, chargrilled broccoli salad, cous-cous salad, coleslaw, chicken satay, chicken or salmon tikka – there are options to cater for everyone including vegans, gluten and dairy-free, low-carb, you name it!
Amy suggests a taster menu, and we are happy to oblige.
We proceed to get seated and take the largest table in the middle. If you are coming in a group, with few prams, space can be an issue. Amy says they are aware and looking into buggy storage.
As we wait for the food, the lunch rush-hour kicks in. The duo-box seems to be the most popular option – a choice of one protein and two salads (£5.50 or £6.50 if eating in). Who are the customers? Interestingly, though, there isn't one particular demographic – we see office and shop workers, builders, mothers with kids, friends catching up, business meetings, etc – there is something for everyone.
Our food arrives and everything is delicious. Every single dish is packed with its own unique, multi-layered flavour. Imagine, Madhur Jaffrey meets Nigella…
My toddler got to taste his first bean burger and absolutely loved chicken tikka and satay. My 5 year old daughter scoffed pretty much everything we had offered her.
Special mention goes out to their dhal. My husband is of Guyanese descent so we know what good dhal should taste like. Well, Angela's dhal was something special, nothing like we had tasted before. Our taste buds were zinging (is that a word?).
Couple of snacks are still fresh in my mind – little poppadoms and prawn crackers. I am no fan of greasy tasteless Chinese takeaway crackers, but this was something else. Perfectly seasoned and super crunchy, yum! And the highlights are Angela's home-made chutneys and masala sausage rolls!
See the full review and photos on our blog: mumsnetealing.com
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