Sapana has been a firm favourite of mine for a few years now. Sure it’s part of the Kinshicho station complex and is one of several stores tucked away in a bland corridor mall. The food, however, has always been fantastic. From the popadoms with curry and mint sauce to its myriad of top-notch curries it’s been a consistently great restaurant.
Sapana has a huge menu full of curries and also, strangely enough, a few pages devoted to Thai cuisine. We won’t go into that right now but, to be honest, any restaurant which stretches itself thin – covering a host of cuisines and influences, usually falls short of the mark. In past trips, though, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Chicken Masala but on JIMC’s last trip I opted for the Sag Alu which for the uninitiated is a creamy spinach and potato curry.
I don’t know if it’s old age but I’ve been going off meat for about a year now and generally opt for the vegetarian curries. Usually a Sag Alu would be chock-a-block full of potatoes but this time there was a lot of creamy and flavorsome spinach sauce and only tiny little slivers of potato. The effect of this was that I felt that I hadn’t eaten anything at all apart from a lovely bowl of spinach sauce. Any vegetarian curry should always be full of vegetables – there’s no excuse for that. And on top of that the chapati was poor compared with other restaurants we’ve been to – too small and flimsy to scoff curry with.
As Chris said in his review, the Fish Tikka, which was very meaty and not bad at all, came at the end of the meal which is poor form. And maybe, the fish was a little over cooked but the mint sauce it came with was really vibrant and tangy.
So all in all not a great showing from Sapana. Perhaps it’s because we ordered off menu at lunchtime. They were really busy and perhaps we put them off their stride. I’ll be back, however, because it’s usually very, very good indeed. It’s a shame the day we go to review it fails to live up to its great reputation.