Let me begin; Last night a few foodies and myself joined to break bread at a relatively new Indian restaurant in Westlands called Clay oven. It’s located right off Waiyaki way and the best way to access the building is by turning into the bus stop right by the mall and keep driving straight till you see fuji plaza on your left. Clay Oven is the sizeable restaurant on the first floor of this buiding. Their décor reminds me of an idian restaurant my family and I used to frequent when I was little. Does anyone remember Minar? #bringbackminar. The colours are quite dull with dark somber crimsons complimented by shiny steel and mirrors. It’s really quite something. They also have an outside space which would be perfect for larger parties wanting to celebrate or even corporate events. Though the balcony overlooks the noisy highway, It has a pretty decent seating space and I do quite like the aged look of it all. It made me feel a kind of familiarity.
The starters arrived. A combination of vegetable fingers (similar to fish fingers), papadam which is standard finger food at indian restaurants, chicken drum sticks and chilli panneer. Because I only ate the veggie stuff, the veggie fingers were quite delish but the chilli paneer was a tad bit too hot. I think unless a client requests that they need their food to be extra hot, the idea of anything chilli should be bearable. I personally love chilli and any extra kick works perfectly for me but I did see a few people really struggle with that dish.
The main course arrives and is an array of chicken, lamb, another panneer curry and a vegetable curry. These dishes came with garlic naan, plain naan and cumin rice as accompaniments. There is really nothing I can say about this food other than; bland. I had to add pickled mango just so I could get through it. And I didn’t even get through it. After having saved my appetite for the whole day, I was grately disappointed. Turns out the meat dishes were nothing to write home about either, yet here we are, writing home about it.
The desert was also surprisingly good. Kulfi bursting with freshness and coconut flavours. I really enjoyed that. Though I'm not entirely sure what the main course needed in order to get it right, perhaps more organic spices with more flavour and kick *insert pensive look*.
I suppose if I had to give them an out of ten I’d go with 5. I am a huge fan of Indian food and I can tell the difference between what’s worth eating and what isn’t. A sore tummy in the morning doesn't constitute for a recommendable spot. Sorry Clay Oven, but perhaps your chefs are letting you down?
A big shout out to Eat Out for the dinner invitations and to Karan Khalsa for these amazing photos.