If you’re in London, feeling a bit peckish and have a couple of thousand pounds in your pocket then you can pop along to the Bombay Brasserie (in Kensington) and ask for the “Samundari Khazana”.
Yes, this special dish sells for two thousand pounds!!!
Amongst the ingredients are crab, white truffle, Beluga caviar, quails’ eggs, sea snails, abalone and lobster coated in edible gold leaf. The fish and seafood are marinated in chilli and tamarind paste and the curry is served on a bed of saffron rice. And no there’s no need to quaff the curry down with beer because it is served with a glass of champagne (presumably a good one). There’s no mention of any poppadoms with the meal but you can probably get a couple if you ask.
This highly expensive meal has been created to celebrate the launch of the DVD of Slumdog Millionaire. But it’s doubtful whether any of the slum dwellers from Mumbai will be dropping by with 150,000 rupees for this extraordinarily expensive dish.
I must admit that I’m usually pretty happy if I manage to get a tasty chicken bhuna, rice, beer and a couple of poppadoms for a tenner. So it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be visiting Kensington to try this new curry.