Stuff Report – 21 August 2016

After breakfast, it was back to the office to finish off a few things – there ended up being enough to do to make it worth leaving it for today rather than trying to squeeze it in to a late finish yesterday, but I was done by about 12:30.

I had hoped to have a proper photographic wander, but the clouds were making the light just a bit too variable for what I was after, so after a break for a sarnie, I got back to the hotel at about 14:00, and then had a relaxed afternoon. Any suggestion that I might have had a nap will, of course, be denied.

After relaxing, I was in the mood for some food[1], and after toying with the idea of a burger or some such in the hotel, or a visit to Las Iguanas, I went with my first thought – the James Dahl Indian restaurant, which is next to Las Iguanas and around the corner from last night’s venue, Milano.

First impressions were good – it’s a modern, light, spacious restaurant with comfy seating and bright lighting. Staff were all friendly and service was quick and courteous.

My Cobra (large) and poppadoms arrived quickly. The poppadoms were light and crisp and even slightly warm on arrival, and the usual selection of dips were all very tasty indeed.

My onion bhajee turned up as three smaller balls of light, crispy deliciousness. Really good – it’s so easy for bhajis (or bhajees, if you prefer their spelling) to be stodgy, but there was no sign of that here. These came with a side salad, which wasn’t bad either.

For my main course, I went for the House Specials section of the menu and had a chicken garlic chilli masala, which was spicy enough to be interesting rather than hot enough to melt your brain – it tasted just right, anyway. The pilau rice was nicely presented, and the garlic naan was light, soft and with a few crispy bits, and was just about perfect.

The meal ended with a dehydrated hot towel. Well, the waiter came with a small plate with a round white thing on it, then poured hot water on it, which made it expand. Nice touch.

The bill came to just over £30 including service charge, which I thought was pretty good value for the whole experience. And yes, I only had one beer, aren’t I a good boy?

I did get some photos earlier. This one interests me because even when you know, your brain may take a while to work out what it’s seeing:

Inverted Diners

Inverted Diners

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 21 August, 2016

[1] So, no change there, then