“Star-turn, informal neighbourhood Indian of authenticity, pedigree and panache.” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Forget the low-key location off a traffic-mobbed dual carriageway in Epsom’s hinterland, Dastaan is a neighbourhood gem and anything but your regular curry house. There’s an open kitchen and the heady whiff of spices, and the atmosphere’s much more Mumbai café than Surrey Indian. Even better, the intelligently compact menu delivers a succession of authentic flavours bursting with freshness, finesse and attitude.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 56
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Closed: Monday, 25 December
- Wines under £30: 7
- Wines over £30: 7
- Wines by the glass: 6
- Cuisine style: Indian
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About the area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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