On a gorgeous day, my friend Emma and I arrived at the very pretty village of Amersham, at the end of the Metropolitan line, to experience Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar, set the quaint timber framed coaching inn, The Crown Inn. It is a fabulous restaurant, with an outdoor seating area which will be glorious on summer days.
To start off with and to remind me of my recent travels to India, I opted for the Delhi Ki Aloo Tikki, a gorgeous flavour medley of Cumin Scented Potato Cakes served with cooling Yoghurt and drizzles of Mint & Tamarind chutney.
Emma chose the Bahurupiya Chukunder, which were Beetroot Croquettes served with a homemade spicy garlicky ketchup, which she really enjoyed.
For mains Emma ordered a Kebab platter, which I had envy over, and it had a great selection of Tandoori Cooked King Prawn, Lamb Chop, Salmon, Chicken. It was the perfect size for one person.
I have my usual mains order when dining in Indian restaurants and it is the Tandoori Murg, which is also referenced as butter chicken sometimes. This version was Chargrilled Corn-Fed Chicken with a Mace and Cinnamon Marinade and served with a Makhni Sauce.
It was really flavoursome and I really enjoyed it paired with some fluffy Garlic Naan breads.
We both decided on the Mango and Pistachio Kulfi to end our meal with, and it was a really indulgent kulfi, my favourite flavour being the mango!
I really enjoyed the meal and the service was excellent. I can see why it is such a favourite for so many as the food is authentic, flavoursome, cooked delicately and the meat was marinated thoroughly so it was really tasty! There is a such a great selection on the menu, with the option of doing a tasting menu as an alternative if you wish. It has a wonderful selection for vegetarians too, including a full vegetarian tasting menu.
You can find Hawkyns Restaurant at The Crown Inn, 16 High St, Amersham, HP7 0DH