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London’s grooviest take on Indian food – why you have to try the delicious Bindas Eatery

Find yourself at Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, for some of the UK’s best shopping and shop assured that ready and waiting to replenish you after a day’s retail therapy is London’s most epic Indian food. 

Modernity oozes through the glass-and-steel cityscape that is the exterior of Westfield, always an immaculate sight. Fitting neatly into this gleaming aesthetic is Bindas Eatery, sitting coolly on the outside of the mall. Complete with shining glass frontage and flower foliage, I know from the get-go that Bindas is going to be a modern, trendy trailblazer when it comes to Indian food and restaurant style. Pushing through the heavy glass door, when inside, the interiors go further to prove me right – the entire place is vibrant. Serving an inspiring 70s look, with bright colourful faux flowers and botanical green plants hanging from the ceiling, with rattan lamp shades dangling amongst it all, this Edenic scene throws you straight into flower power with all its grooviness. 

Individual booths lit with glowing orbs and adorned with even more flowers, line each side of Bindas. The restaurant itself is small enough to be comfortable and intimate, yet the high ceilings, well-placed tables and infinite natural light give a spacious and airy feeling. Huge white mandala prints adorn the walls and a neat, colourful little bar, gilded with gold and tiled with turquoise sits at the back. Here, cool and collected waiting staff hover waiting to take your order. We start with the drinks: for me, a spicy chai tea. Gorgeously ‘cinnamony’, warming and sweet – I could drink bottomless amounts of these and this sets the tone for the rest of our meal.

Next up are our starters. On the menu, these are referred to as ‘street eats’ – small plates, promising to really pack that flavour punch. I fully recommend that you share the small plates with the rest of your party to get that ultimate flavour sensation. Luckily for us, we did just this by chance, and the Bombay cheese toast alongside the watermelon chaat was placed down in front of us. Grilled to a state of golden perfection, this was cheese on toast taken to extraordinary new levels. Masala potatoes, onions and chilli jam was mixed and topped with chilli cheese all on a slice of soft, toasted white bread. The sweetness of the chilli jam combined with the spicy smack of the onions and the savoury kick cheese was utterly delicious, especially when eaten with a forkful of the watermelon chaat. The refreshing sweet crunch of the pomegranate and watermelon, plus the cooling sensation of the yoghurt and mint, was the ultimate taste combination with this spicy cheese toast. 

Next up were our mains, to be chosen from a selection of grills, curries, buns and paos. A huge fan of both paneer and brioche, (two favourites I had never tried together) I quickly opted for the paneer butter bomb. A beautifully presented take on a brioche sub was placed before me, consisting of paneer hash, cucumber pickle, makhani sauce, red chilli and lettuce all packed into a light, fluffy and fresh brioche roll. Again, this dish was full of flavour and had a gorgeous mix of textures that worked wonders on the tongue. The sharp hit of the cucumber pickle and the spice of the red chillis was again the ultimate juxtaposition with the sweetness of the brioche, the refreshing crunch of the lettuce and the distinctive flavour of the paneer.

It is worth noting, that typically, my usual approach to Indian food (I’m sure it will be the same for many others) is to overdo it. Fabulous flavours and an array of over-ordered dishes always seem to get the better of me, tempting me to eat more and more until I realise, too late, that I am uncomfortably full. The beauty of Bindas is that this is not their approach. Sweet little dishes, with just as much flavour and ability to fill you up but comfortably, is much their style. Moderation and appreciation of the culture through carefully thought-out and prepared street food style dishes allow this unique approach to the cuisine to be adored and discovered in a brand new light. With this in mind, I am more than happy to order dessert, and this is yet another delectable game-changer.

Utterly unique, with an option to tempt whatever your palette is craving – whether it be fruity, chocolatey, creamy – these desserts are certain to do more than merely intrigue the ‘I suppose we can have a look at the menu’ style dessert-orderer. Today, I am not that person. We order two desserts to share: the butterscotch malai cake and the ‘chaimisu’. The butterscotch malai cake is gorgeously creamy and for lovers of butterscotch like me, is unmissable. A sponge cake soaked in saffron and butterscotch milk, served with a little whipped cream and popcorn on top, this with its hint of spice, sweet butterscotch and creamy, spongy texture is nothing short of heavenly. The ‘chaimisu’, a creative take on tiramisu, is equally as divine: a house soaked sponge, with Biscoff cream and topped with Lotus biscuit crumbles. Trust me when I say, I will be thinking about that cheese on toast, the chai tea and these two delicious desserts for weeks. ‘Epic’ indeed.

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