A Review of Lal Quilla

Yesterday I had no time to include my review of our meal itself on our visit to Lal Quilla, held over until today doing justice to our favourite local Indian restaurant.

This outlet, discovered ten years ago, is a worthy successor to my favourite in London – Edgware Road’s Akash.

The restaurant’s website: https://www.lalquilla-lymington.co.uk contains full details of the establishment, founded in 1987, its menus, and a short video of the presentation of Asia Today award of 2021 for the best Indian restaurant in Hampshire. This is no mean feat and we were not surprised to learn it.

We have enjoyed friendly and efficient service under the management of Raj who has always welcomed us and remembered our likes. The food has always been exemplary and plentiful. Indeed, as we have aged we have needed to reduce our intake.

Raj and his staff, who also remember our companions, welcomed us as usual last night. We are always led to our seats, whether booked in advance or not. The manager, in particular, always has time for conversation.

This evening main courses included chicken makhani; chicken korma; chicken jaljala; chicken sag; and

Becky’s sheek kebab, which came with salad, fried onions, and mint sauce was declared the best she had ever experienced.

Ellie in this picture may well have been tucking into what Raj accurately recalled on greeting us was her favourite popadom seeped in mango juice. She certainly extended to him her greeting arm motions and glowing smile.

Ian, having arrived late following his afternoon’s work, was greeted at the door, handed a pint of Kingfisher, had his order taken and embarked upon immediately, led to his seat, and hardly blinked before he was given an opportunity to catch up eating with the rest of us.

Dillon and I also drank Kingfisher; Jackie and Becky Diet Coke; and Flo and Ellie J2O.

It is apparent that we are not the only customers given such attentive service and welcome.

Gentle traditional music plays quietly and unobtrusively in the background of these well decorated rooms with open and partitioned sections.

As our evening was coming to a close Raj and two waiters advanced on our table singing Happy Birthday to me and presenting me with a suitable ice-cream cake on a chocolate base. Finally we each, except for Flo, received a tot of Bailey’s, which in our household is now called a complimentary.


  1. Don’t usually read posts on weekends, but I had to read this one as I knew it was about your birthday celebration. What a fine feast you all had. And Ellie certainly is developing a sophisticated palate. Again, a very happy birthday to you!

  2. What a wonderful birthday celebration you had, Derrick! It’s wonderful to have a restaurant like this where the food is excellent, but which also makes you feel at home. I looked at their menu. It’s interesting to me that the menu seems much different from what most “Indian” restaurants offer here, though of course, some choices are the same. I’m certain everything was delicious.

  3. What a fabulous review! Thank you for the extras.
    I love the images too.
    I’m so glad you had a lovely birthday, what a special night. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Happy Birthday, Derrick! You’re looking great. It’s so nice to go to places where they know your name and treat you with such respect. ????????????

  5. Happy Birthday, Derrick. It looks like you and the rest of your company had a grand time! ????

  6. (Don’t ask me where those questions marks came from, Supposedly I clicked on an emoji of a birthday cake there.)

  7. If I were granted an ice cream cake on a chocolate base, I suspect I’d be smiling exactly as you were. What a fine celebration!

  8. What a lovely presentation and story, Derrick. Restaurants that remember what you like and treat you like family are to be treasured. We have a few such around here. Miss Ellie is becoming quite the personality .

  9. What a lovely, wonderful place to celebrate your birthday, Derrick! I’m so happy for you! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the great review of the restaurant, too!
    (((HUGS))) โค๏ธ
    PS…”Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

  10. Happy Birthday, Derrick! It is a pleasure to be able to go to a good restaurant where thy know the customers and enjoy making them feel like family. Looks like a delicious birthday dinner!

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