A new Authentic Indian Restaurant and Takeaway based on the outskirts of Sheffield City Centre serving fresh and traditional food inspired by Punjabi Dhaba (roadside, truck-stop restaurants in certain parts of India serving local cuisine). Run by friendly and hardworking husband & wife duo Aman & Shivi, acquaintances I have met through the Sheffield Foodie Social events 🙂
We were kindly invited to a bit of a celebratory “opening” night for new Indian restaurant, 5tara, who have recently opened a dine -in location at Park Hill close to the city centre. Trading as Overnight for takeaway on UberEats, Deliveroo and City Grab they serve delicious and fresh homemade Indian cuisine. As part of our Sheffield Foodie group attending events, owners Aman & Shivi hosted an evening for their foodie family and cooked up a gorgeous feast just for us.
5tara the name is inspired by the land of 5 rivers Punjab and the land 5 royal spices of Punjab cuisine!
Such a cute, well-decorated venue to enjoy some great food with friends and family in. Not only do 5tara provide a great, varied menu which also includes Vegan & Vegetarian friendly dishes, they offer little extra touches to add to your dining experience such as selling Authentic Indian drinks (both hot & cold), snacks to go and even traditional clothing pieces.
As part of our visit we were welcomed with some complimentary cultural street chaat; Vegan Gol Gappa (also known as Pani Puri), a popular bite-size chaat consisting of a hollow, crispy-fried puffed ball filled with masala potato, onions, spices and served with Teekha-Meetha Pani (sweet & spicy flavoured water) and fresh coriander. The trick is to pour the liquid into the chaat ball and eat it all in one! A great combo of spices and something different to add to the whole experience. We also had a welcome drink of Mango-Saffron Royal Lassi which was delicious and something I had never had before.
We had the choice of a special “Express” menu for the evening which consisted of a Bollywood Tango Chaat starter and main for £15.99 each. I went with the Chilli Chicken starter, which was really tasty and had a growing heat which I loved. The portion was very generous and everything was so fresh and crisp. The chicken was cooked really well and had a lovely kind of batter coating, the sauce was tangy and hot and everything came together really well. Ben went for the Fish Masala which came in the same sauce as the chicken dish, and the fish was tender and cooked really well.
For my main I went for the Butter Paneer as I had to have SOMETHING paneer of course. A lovely, rich sauce just with a hint of chilli but lots of flavour, served with a large portion of jeera rice and a bit of a side salad – I loved the onions on the side! I mixed everything in to my curry, it was lovely. Ben went with the traditional lamb curry which had an almost smokey flavour to it and was spicier than my main and really delicious.
The restaurant asks you to “bring your own booze” so we did however I wanted to try an Indian can of pop Thums Up which is a brand of cola in India. It was introduced in 1977 to offset the withdrawal of The Coca-Cola Company from India. The brand was later bought by Coca-Cola who re-launched it in order to compete against Pepsi.
Another fun night shared with my fellow foodies and hosted by such humble, lovely people. Please give 5tara a visit whether to dine-in or collect, it really is a treat to be had! Visit their Instragram page here to find out more.
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