This award-winning Indian Restaurant based in the Woodseats area of Sheffield, is another decent venue to add to my “Can’t go wrong with this local curry house” list as we enjoyed delicious food and a friendly service.
Having been recommended to give this place a visit by other Sheffield Foodies, we dined here on a Thursday night after work – a little bit of a drive for us – however it was totally worth it with the quality of food we received. The restaurant wasn’t busy when we first arrived, and it’s a fairly large venue therefore even though the service couldn’t have been friendlier, there was a little lack of atmosphere that you tend to get in a good curry house. Nevertheless the food was superb and by the time we left, the restaurant was a lot busier.
I always say that you HAVE to start off with poppadoms & pickle tray when you have a curry – it’s one of my favourite parts of the meal! The pickle tray consisted of your average dips but we also received a carrot chutney which I hadn’t had before, and loved it! (I even saved it to go with my starter).
There was Paneer on the menu and we all know what that means! Yep I had Paneer Shashlik to start and it was beautiful! Nice, big soft chunks of paneer slightly charred and crispy on the outside, fried with onions , tomatoes and peppers with a little bit of sauce. Ben went for the Seekh Kebab which was also really tasty and quite a decent portion for both starters!
Now, something a bit different for me, but I actually chose a VEGETABLE CURRY as my main. In an attempt to try more vegetarian & vegan dishes just to broaden my palette, I deliberated ordering a vegetable curry which I have done before but always thought it wouldn’t be the same and I’d miss the meat too much. How wrong I was!
I ordered a Vegetable Jalfrezi which I asked beforehand what vegetables were included – and it was packed full of good vegetables like carrots, potato, onions, peppers, chillies, cauliflower, aubergine, peas and I noticed there were mushrooms in which I probably would have asked for without if I’d have known but they were actually ok. Full of flavour and really filling, I was so pleased with my choice and I would DEFINITELY order a vegetable curry again. It’s a shame that there weren’t any Specials that were meat free actually – maybe an idea?
Ben went for something different too from the Specials and as usual it was a spicy one – Chicken Kali Mirch. Cooking with garlic, ginger, spring onions, crushed chillies and yogurt. I gave this a little try and it really did have a kick to it and was delicious.
As always we shared a garlic naan and boiled rice and washed it all down with a Cobra or Kingfisher – happy days!
We loved the food here, couldn’t fault it and staff were attentive and friendly but maybe the atmosphere was lacking slightly and for us it’s a bit of a drive away to be a regular thing but I would highly recommend this place to anyone that loves a good curry 🙂
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