Friday, March 13, 2009
Southall - Bus 607
You won't find this trip in any guide book!
We took the District line to Ealing Broadway - the end of the line - and then hopped on Bus number 607 toward Uxbridge for a 15 minute ride. That is where you will find the captivating Indian neighborhood of Southall.
Many of the shops along the walk carried beautiful scarves and colorful silk fabric along with flamboyant jewelry, shoes and sweet things to eat. Some of the stores displayed "ready made" saris in every color combination imaginable. My favorite shop had the wedding dresses....traditional red with elaborate and intricate embroidery.
We ate lunch at a great restaurant, Roshni, where we shared some favorite dishes...Chicken Korma, Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, and of course rice and Naan. One of the Naan breads was sweet with raisins and it tasted more like dessert. It was all delicious and the total bill was @ £45 for 8 of us....we need to get out of the city more often!
The last stop was the food market, Gulab. They stock everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to huge bags of rice and heavy copper bowls. Most of us ended up with large bags of almonds and cashews, and on the train ride home I shared the sugar coated fennel. It tasted like "Good & Plenty" - remember those?