Delhi House Cafe Reviewed

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Who opens a restaurant in a pandemic? Well one correct answer is the Delhi House Cafe now open and accepting bookings in the Corn Exchange in Manchester. I’ve been under a 6 week lockdown for various medical reasons so had to delay my first visit but finally, last Sunday, my wife and I made our first visit to the Lamba family’s new venture. Here’s what I thought: The Venue It is a bright, modern, casual dining restaurant in keeping with many of the other operators in the Corn Exchange if you have been there. Contemporary décor, a relaxed atmosphere and suitable for more or less any diner looking for a…

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Naunits Gujurati Street Eats, £10 Well Spent

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If you have £10 and are looking for a great meal and are fortunate enough to live within striking distance of Bury Market, head over to Naunit’s and pick up one of their £10 meals. They also do a £20 deal for a larger family. We tried one this weekend and it was absolutely delicious. It’s all vegetarian and some of the dishes will be familiar and some not. Starting with a couple of poppadoms with a nice salsa, mint dip and very sweet mango chutney (pretty much a mango smoothie) all of these will be well known to you. Next came the mixed starters which included onion bhajis, patra…

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Shababs Balti Restaurant Birmingham

Shababs Balti Restaurant Birmingham

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Shabas Balti Restaurant in Birmingham’s Balti triangle is opening this weekend and here’s the steps they’ve take to make sure their clients are safe when they visit.

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Channa Chaat Massala

Naunits Gujarati Street Eats

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It’s always great when you discover a new source of street food and we were lucky enough to come across Naunit’s Gujarati Street Eats this weekend on a visit to Bury Market. Specialising in a range of traditional vegetarian Gujarati snack foods I tried their Channa Chaat special which came served on top of a crushed samosa, all for the very reasonable price of £3.50. It was bloody lovely I have to say and the perfect lunchtime meal. Mildly spicy and with a hint of Tamarind this is a different recipe to the Channa Chaat I have made at home but it was much better so I am going to…

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Zouk Manchester Sunday Lunch

Zouk Manchester Sunday Lunch

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The competition for a good Sunday lunch is one of the fiercest in the casual dining sector and a number of non-traditional venues have joined the fight for your Sunday spend. We headed over to Zouk Manchester to see if the good reports we had heard were justified. Zouk is a large, modern Indian restaurant just off Oxford Road in Manchester and as well as offering an excellent traditional Indian menu also have a Sunday lunch menu that we recently gave a try. Two of the party opted for the special Sunday menu and one stuck with a regular curry choice. Overall it was a success and we all enjoyed…

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New Bombay Kitchen Wilesden, London Takeaway Review

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Rogan Josh may not sit with Kormas and Masalas in the top tier of British curries, but it surely comes in on the second rung. It’s a mildly spicey curry which combines a smokey and sweet taste that usually has tomatoes, that’s about it, deviation isn’t really necessary. Yet Wilesden’s Bombay Kitchen in north west London took a very different approach. This isn’t to say it was bad, it just wasn’t what I ordered. The curry I got was all smoke, nothing else, the smokey flavour was so intense it reminded me of barbeque sauce rather than a mild curry, and there were no chunks of juicy tomato either.  The…

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Gosht Dum Biryani

Is this the best Biryani in Britain?

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Gosht Dum Biryani at Asha’s is bloody lovely, I had one this weekend and it is simply sensational, so I am asking the question is this the best biryani in Britain? What makes a great biryani? Well it’s a dry dish (no sauce generally) so you need to be able to cook it well enough to keep it moist otherwise it’s horrible. The flavour needs to be present throughout the dish, not just in the meat or veg but also in the rice. The rice itself needs to have the fragrant delicate spices come through so you can enjoy them and of course it needs to be light and fluffy,…

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Indian Restaurants Manchester

Where have you been all my life?

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Dishoom Manchester Restaurant Review Dishoom recently opened in Manchester and after many years of waiting I can say it’s fantastic. We’ve been for breakfast and dinner and both visits were brilliant. Breakfast I’ve had the pleasure of a few Pakistani breakfasts over the years, cooked by friends, but I think this was a first Indian breakfast for me in Manchester and it was excellent. Having celebrated my son’s birthday the night before and feeling slightly worse for wear, we visited and had a variety of dishes. Mrs CC had the bacon role, I had the Keema Per Eedu and my son had the Akuri. With proper leaf tea served in…

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The most Northern curry house in the UK?

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Perhaps not the most northern because there are several curry restaurants in Lerwick and I didn’t check if I was at the northern end of town but either way the Gurkha Kitchen proves that even in the Shetland Islands you can still eat a very acceptable curry. With very welcoming staff for what is essentially a Nepalese style curry house, they easily managed our table of 12 hungry (and thirsty) divers on a club scuba diving trip to the islands in July. The decor is very much from the old school of Indian restaurant design with a slightly odd mix of pictures and posters mainly linked to the history of…

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india village woodhall spa

Small town curry houses

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India Village Woodhall Spa On a recent visit to Woodhall Spa, the history of British Curry Houses came flooding back to me. We visited the India Village which I think is pretty much the only Indian in the town and had a perfectly good curry. The restaurant was busy, the service was good and on the whole the food was fine. It did feel like stepping back in time however as this kind of restaurant was pretty much what I grew up with. A fairly standard menu, not much attention to creating a atmosphere and nothing that really inspired me to rush back if there were any alternatives to try.…

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