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|Dost was an Indian restaurant in [[Locale Uxbridge|Uxbridge]], specialising in Indian street food. It has now closed. According to Google Street View, as of June 2014 the premises are occupied by a branch of Creams ice cream cafe.
||Indian restaurant in [[Locale Uxbridge|Uxbridge]], specialising in Indian street food. It [http://uk.prweb.com/releases/2012/8/prweb9760162.htm opened in July 2012] as part of the Spice Merchant group. It also does takeaway, and offers online ordering via its website.
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The information below is retained for historical interest.
Indian restaurant in [[Locale Uxbridge|Uxbridge]], specialising in Indian street food. It [http://uk.prweb.com/releases/2012/8/prweb9760162.htm opened in July 2012] as part of the Spice Merchant group. It also does takeaway, and offers online ordering via its website.
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and [[bob]], September 2012.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and [[bob]], September 2012. Opening hours taken from the Dost website, September 2012.</div>
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category='Featured Article,Now Closed'
category='Curry,Featured Article,Indian Food,Restaurants,Step-Free Access,Takeaway,Takeaway Delivery,Takeaway Order Online'
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summary='Now closed; was an Indian restaurant in Uxbridge, specialising in Indian street food.'
phone='01895 25 29 25'
website='' summary='Indian restaurant in Uxbridge, specialising in Indian street food.'
The interior is very colourful, with Bollywood posters on the walls and plastic stools of various hues grouped around a high communal table. Other seating is provided by black upright chairs with hard-edged upward-curved seats (rather uncomfortable unless you happen to have narrow hips), along with much more comfortable banquettes.
Pani puri (£3.50 for five) photo weren't bad; the puri were thin and crisp and just the right size, but a little more sourness in the pani would have been welcome. Papri chat (£3.50) photo was perhaps a little too sweet, though the combination of textures was just right, the crisp papri and sev contrasting nicely with the smooth yoghurt.
Spicy squid (£5) photo was good; the batter was neither soggy nor greasy, and the squid rings were cooked just right. Anari lamb chops (£10) photo were well-spiced, and cooked just enough to crisp the fat without becoming dry.
Pau bhaji (£4) photo consisted of a smooth, spicy mashed vegetable curry topped with chopped raw onions and served with a halved, toasted, buttered bread roll. The bread was rich, soft, and more dense than fluffy — in a good way. This wasn't something we'd tried before, so it was hard to make comparisons with versions elsewhere, but as a thing in itself it was quite enjoyable.
Dal maa dumpukht (£4) photo was a slow-cooked dish of small whole black lentils in a creamy sauce; textures and flavours here were both very good, and Kake would not have been at all unhappy with a meal consisting of just this and rice.
Bullet naan (£2) photo was liberally encrusted with chillies; bob, as a chilli-head, found it quite enjoyable. Basmatic rice (£3) was an unexpectedly small portion for the price, but was well-executed, with each grain nicely separate, and soft without being soggy.
Service was slightly over-hovery, and a little young-and-nervous-seeming in some quarters, though this could have partly been because they saw us taking photos of the food. They also had that annoying-to-some practice of insisting on "explaining" the menu before giving you a proper chance to look at it; it would perhaps be preferable to be available for questions without pushing the restaurant's concept so heavily. Overall though it was fine; these are minor niggles which didn't affect the experience too badly.
Kake's verdict: I enjoyed the meal because I really enjoy this style of food. It's not the best of its type I've had in London, but I was pleased to find it so unexpectedly in Uxbridge, a place not otherwise known for good food. I would happily come back if I was in the area.
Accessibility: No steps to get in, and no steps inside. Some of the seating is on high stools. The ladies' cubicle was a little narrow, particularly as the sink is in there as well. There was a larger-looking unisex cubicle which may have had accessibility features, but we didn't get a chance to look in there.
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