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A Meetup has been organised for April 1st 2013, Easter Bank Holiday Monday. It will be taking place at a smallish Indian Restaurant / Cafe in Barking in Essex.

It is a general Meetup covering all the Scandinavian Language groups. It should appeal to anyone with an interest in, or link to Scandinavia in general, or somebody who either speaks or is learning a Scandinavian language.

You do not have to be able to speak a Scandinavian language to attend but for this Meetup it would probably help if you happen to like a cheap, delicious curry :)

So as not to overwhelm the kitchen at Farhana, we're limiting the group size to 20 people (across all 3 meetup groups). We have now reached capacity, so please do not turn up or bring guests with you, who are not on the list opposite.

If you have said you are coming and want to cancel, please let us know so others who wish to can attend.

Many Thanks.

Here's some extra information from Mike Starr:

The prices are very low and portion sizes are generous. Check out the menu here.

The Farhana is a smallish, friendly, laid back, cafe not your traditional, posh Indian restaurant - So you absolutely do not have to dress up !

I have arranged for us to more or less have the place to ourselves, so nobody has to worry about finding THE Meetup table !

The way it will work is this ... Their delicious food is all prepared fresh from scratch, so it takes a while to get it ready.

Foruk, the owner, will therefore show you to a table and take your order when you arrive. Chef will prepare your meal and serve you individually with your food as soon as it is ready.

The alternative of waiting for ages until we think everyone has turned up and then chef trying to cook 20 or more meals all at once would lead to long delays.

You are welcome to arrive any time you like between 6.30pm and 7.45pm. Don't feel obliged to show up at 7.00pm on the dot. In fact, it would be far better to arrive either a bit earlier or a little later than the official start time.

It's up to you ! You can come whenever you like. We will be there all evening.

We have also asked that people are billed individually, or in couples, or at most by tables of 4 - There will not be one HUGE bill, split 20 ways.

Please ask to see your individual bill and settle it before you leave, rather than just leave an estimated amount on the table and then go. Your cooperation with this is greatly appreciated.

The Farhana Restaurant doesn't serve alcohol, so you can either bring something out of your fridge at home or buy it from Tesco Express opposite. There are also numerous small Asian and Turkish shops nearby which sell alcohol.) There is no corkage charge.


Barking Tube Station is on the District or Metropolitan line.

It is also on the C2C line from Southend to Fenchurch Street and from North London on the overground line from Barking to Gospel Oak.

Come out of the station, cross the road and walk down the hill to your left. The Farhana is on the roundabout with a huge modern steel sculpture on it called "The Catch". From Barking station it is less than a 5 minute walk.

It is far, far easier to get there by tube or train than by car. But if anyone is coming by car, then head to Barking on either the A13 or the A406 (North Circular). Barking is the very last turn off on the North Circular before it ends and you hit the A13.

From there take the A124 Northern Relief Road to Barking / Romford, thru the set of traffic lights and over the hill, until you get to the roundabout with "The Catch" on it. You will see the new black and red sign of the Farhana in front of you.

Go round the roundabout and down Cecil Avenue. Park up where you can and walk back. Parking space is very limited on a Sunday, which can be frustrating - Hence the tube is a lot easier.

You can also park in Park Avenue, Faircross Avenue or on a single yellow line in Fanshaw Avenue. (Check out a map before you leave home.) All of these streets are less than 5 minutes walk away from the restaurant. Parking is free but again with very limited spaces on a Sunday.

Hope all that info helps - Please make a note of the Farhana's phone numbers and bring them with you when you leave home.

Call Foruk, the very friendly and helpful owner, if you get lost.

The website is

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