Healthy and halal, Al-Mirage is a unique prospect among the many Indian and Pakistani restaurants in southwest London. First off, they prefer to put Pakistani first, offering a menu dominated by Pakistan’s regional cuisines rather than Indian. They are also leaders in Tooting’s Asian community in terms of their emphasis on healthy eating – eschewing ghee in favour of moderate amounts of sunflower oil, using less salt and additives, and cooking everything fresh to order. Plus, Al-Mirage’s premises along Upper Tooting Road blend the traditional and the modern in split-level restaurant that’s ideal for both casual dining and celebrations.
Al Mirage’s chefs have been honing their skills for well over twenty years, and it appears that they’ve arrived at the excellent conclusion that south Asian food doesn’t have to be oil-laden and artificially adulterated for it to be tasty and traditional. In fact, Al Mirage is leading the charge from its Upper Tooting Road restaurant when it comes to a new awareness among London’s Indian and Pakistani culinary community, promoting healthy choices (and keeping everything certifiably halal, too).
Al Mirage is a firm favourite among regulars to Tooting’s curry houses. Try the masala fish for starters, along with a freshly squeezed juice, followed by the mutter paneer, one of the people’s choices at this south London Pakistani restaurant. Meat and fish dishes abound here, including a special selection of balti options, but so do vegetarian choices – remember, the remit in Al Mirage’s Upper Tooting Road kitchen is healthy and tasty, which should never be mutually exclusive.