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Thursday, September 18, 2008


First meal and playing it very safe. Two bits of toast with marmalade and jam. The butter tastes somehow richer – more cowy – but the jam is from Tiptree: good old Essex produce. Two choices, too: the obvious strawberry but morello cherry as well. Unusual. They must’ve known that Tilbury’s finest son was coming and got it in for me especially.

Off topic, there’s something I have to mention. The staff in this hotel are incredibly well trained. I’ve travelled a lot over the years, but these Oberoi staffers are up there with the best. From my personal butler down to the lady that informs me, in perfect English, that my room service breakfast will arrive in exactly twelve minutes, they are faultless. Well done to whoever trained them, and well done to them, for sustaining their pride and dedication to duty.

I’m taken to lunch by colleagues, eagerly anticipating my first encounter with a genuine curry. Alas, we go to a Thai-Chinese fusion joint, which to say the least is a disappointment, having travelled nearly three thousand miles from noodle central. Ah well, the conversation is good, anyway.

It’s not until late evening that I’m at last to get what I’ve been savouring all day. I keep it simple: chicken tikka, yellow dhal and a selection of naan breads. In the words of My Fair Lady, it’s scrumptious. Truly, truly scrumptious. How is it possible to have that crunchy, charcoaly exterior and flesh of such succulence all in one irregular cube of tandoori magic? And how do you make dull old lentils taste this good? I fall asleep with a warm feeling inside…

Oh dear. It’s morning and I’m distinctly nervous. Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble, say my guts. I do hope it’s not what I think it is. But no, it isn’t, after all, although I do make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gases throughout the day. Must remember to send thirty dollars to someone I don’t know to get some carbon credits back.

posted by Kirk at 10:53 pm  


  1. truly scrumptious – My Fair Lady ? Nah. Wrong movie. Don’t confuse Sally Ann Howes with Julie Andrews.

    Comment by arcosolive — February 5, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

  2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

    Comment by The Kaptain — February 6, 2009 @ 12:39 am

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