Last night Bimbo and I went out for dinner.
We originally planned to go to Prezzo, just round the corner from Bimbo's place, but she called and changed her mind just as I was leaving. She wanted to meet me at a place called The Coriander, an Indian restaurant on a one-way system in East London. Miles away from where I live.
After half an hour of driving in circles looking for a parking space I finally arrived. Slightly irritated. Bimbo was sitting at a table in a corner sipping mango juice and speaking to the waiter. She began waving frantically when she spotted me.
"Isn't this place amazing?"
You'd think she was talking about the Taj Mahal.
I slowly took in the surroundings. The restaurant was pretty much empty. It was dark and dingy. Dark wooden tables, dark red velvet booths, dark green wallpaper. The mirror behind the bar was framed with a string of multicoloured fairy lights. Half the bar was taken up by an old fashioned television that was tuned into Zee Music. The Bollywood music pierced my ears.
I could not believe I'd driven for almost two hours for this cheap looking room! The food had better be amazing....
It was. I couldn't believed how well it was spiced. The flavours were terrific.
Bimbo beamed from across the table.
"I told you it would be worth it."
I found that after I'd tasted the food the surrounding didn't look as bad as I had originally thought. Bimbo and I found ourselves watching the music videos on the television.
It's amazing how Bollywood manage to create passionate scenes without the couple actually kissing. The actors over play the passion in their eyes. The camera focuses on a hand on the waist or a finger trailing down the back of the neck.
Half way through the meal Bimbo and I had decided that we would watch a Bollywood film together. All three and a half hours of it. The waiter gave us tips on what to watch.
"You like Sharukh?"
"Um... I guess..." Bimbo and I nodded in confusion.
"Of course! All the ladies like Sharukh."
The waiter began reciting a list of films. I couldn't register any of the titles. I forgot them as soon as he had said them.
Suddenly the cheesiest music video came on.
A sexy woman was standing in the middle of an empty basketball court. She was dressed in a tight leather skirt that barely covered her ass and a tiny leather top. Heavy rain fell on her. Droplets running down the naked parts of her body. Between the valley of her breasts.
A muscular man on a motorbike suddenly drove through the court. He was dressed in a leather vest and trousers. He stopped a few yards in front of her and whipped off his sunglasses. Why he was wearing sunglasses I'll never know. It was night.
They regarded each other with attitude. The sexy girl walked up to him. Swishing her ass in a suggestive way. She stopped in front of him. Posed with her hand on her hip.
"Are you like, checking me out?"
Bimbo and I looked back at the waiter.
"We want to see that one!"
The waiter smiled.
"Yes! Is a beautiful film. You like Ashwarya Rai?" He pointed at the sexy woman thrusting her hips in the rain.
"She Miss World. My wife, he look like her."
Bimbo and I smiled politely. I seriously doubted it. The waiter was short and extremely thin. He had a mop of black hair perfectly combed and parted down the side. He had huge teeth beneath a thick moustache.
"Everyone say I look like him." He pointed at the muscular man on the screen touching the sexy woman.
I struggled to keep a straight face. Bimbo looked at the screen and back at the waiter.
"Um yes. You have the same...nose?"
At the end of the evening Bimbo and I left the restaurant, giving the waiter a large tip in exchange for a list of recommended films. We're planning on having a girly night on Saturday. We'll order in Indian and watch the film with the leather...
I have a feeling we'll be dancing by the end of the night.