A slightly leftfield but still on topic choice would be any of Bristol’s lush Thali Cafes. The British Raj style-decor conjures up nostalgia for the last days of British Empire with a menu to match. Do check out the website to get some kind of flavour. Tea wise, one would only go there to drink Masala Chai – a drink owing its existence purely to the British East India Company – which is essentially cooked spiced tea. There is a host of savoury snacks and a limited selection of desserts to choose from, the best being Kulfi ice cream.
From 6pm the ambience changes and it takes on its award-winning restaurant persona.
Taj Palace, located in Bristol city centre is a newly established Indian restaurant but is on its way to be among the most prestige restaurants in Bristol.
The exterior of this place is not so special at first glance, but don't let the that fool you. The food is really flavoursome, well implemented with a a nice relaxing ambiance.
Favorite dish: it was the chicken Bombay flame. The flavour and texture of this dish is really nice and a twist of my favourite traditional Bombay dish cooked with boiled egg.
We arrived in Swansea at 11pm, long after everything in Swansea, bar the kebab shops, had closed.
After several days of bland burgers and delicious, but samey fish and chips, Rose Indienne offered a wake-up call to the tired taste buds.
Everything about Rose Indienne breathes class. The service is polite and friendly without being overwhelming. The decor is delightful and the selection of starters contained some spices I had never experienced before. The vegetarian dishes were top-notch and I would dare to recommend this place as the best Indian restaurant in Swansea, maybe in all Wales?
Excellent Indian restaurant serving all the favourites in a stylish yet casual setting. The lamb chops malai and tandoori chicken are particularly tasty. Plenty of vegetarian and seafood options. Take away also available.
Down a slightly dodgier backstreet of Brighton is this small family run Indian veggie restaurant. With the staff walking around barefoot and small children being taken to bed, it really feels like someone's living room. The food is unlike any other Indian I have ever been to, the best being mouth watering pea and paneer curry and simple but delicious Mumbai potatoes. The most amazing thing of all about Planet India is that you can have your meal in half portions, meaning you can try two different dishes each time.
4-5 Richmond Parade, Brighton, BN2 9PH
+44(0)1273 818 149
Google map: bit.ly/dF9e58
The Diwana is my favourite Indian restaurant in London. There are three reasons: the first is the fond memories it evokes of childhood trips to London, which invariably featured a re-fuel here. The second is the quality of the food - speaking as a British Asian it is the only place in London I have found which rivals my grandmother's cooking (although in case she ever reads this, it still comes off second best). The third is the value for money. If you go at lunchtime, for roughly £8 plus a drink, you can enjoy the sumptuous vegetarian buffet. This features dahls to die for, delicious saags, soul-nourishing channa massalas, more salads than you could possibly wish for, home-made raitas, freshly baked naans, pooris and parathas, and a fantastic selection of deserts. The gulab jaman are especially good here. The menu is of the same high standard but for the full experience I would wholeheartedly recommend going at lunch. If you do, don't eat any breakfast, and don't make dinner plans. You will be too full and in too high a state of food nirvana to want to eat another bite for the rest of the day.
121 Drummond Street, London, NW1 2HL
+44(0)20 7387 5556
Google map: bit.ly/f9NPgj
Quite close to the university. The Kashmir is not the most attractive of curry houses. However they do serve an excellent curry at a price that even a student can afford. You have a choice of two doors. One to the slightly more presentable ground floor, the other to the larger and more basic basement restaurant.
There may be better Indian restaurants in Bradford, but when it comes to quality, quantity and value for money this place is hard to beat.
25-27 Morley St, Bradford, West Yorkshire
+44(0)1274 726 513
Google map: bit.ly/f4ATy7
Informal curries cooked and served in the grounds of the Edinburgh Central Mosque. Tasty, portions big enough to satisfy my growing 14 year old, variety enough for a seven year old, and catering for both vegetarians and carnivores. Best of all perhaps: a fabulous variety of non-alcoholic drinks from cans of coconut milk to doubtful highly coloured fizzy concoctions. A treat for all the family without breaking the bank. Take a jumper as the eatery is open air (marquee style roof to keep off the rain).
Potterrow, behind the National Museum of Scotland, near to the University - the minaret is a clue.
Google map: bit.ly/b3P3jl
Without a doubt one of the most legendary balti houses in erm, Leamington Spa. Yes you'll proabably be sharing the room with a bunch of merry students from nearby Warwick University but if you're eating chicken jalfrezi at two in the morning, what do you expect? The food is designed to be eaten after a few pints but the atmosphere is brilliant - the staff are endlessly patient, the customers inevitably boisterous and all manner of mischief gets concoted while you munch. Just a really cool place if you're not ready to call it a night yet.
29 Bath St,
The initial impact of walking into the restaurant and the whole atmosphere is amazing. Very traditional Indian is mixed really well with a contemporary twist. Then you see the menu which, although large, contains a plethora of unique individual dishes. The service was brilliantly helpful and knowledgable and always smiley and chatty. Then when the food came out it tasted divine, topped off with the chef personally coming out and asking about the meal. Absolutely fantastic night.
Just would like to recommend this place for all curry lovers. I live in Manchester and this place has been open for nearly a year, it's just a shame that I visited it for the first time last week. For nearly a year I've been missing out on quality Indian cuisine. So please if you are from Manchester or somewhere nearby and if you love a good curry visit this place. I'm recommending it because it's different from any other curry house I've been to - the food is amazing and very unique (some things you won't find in any other Indian restaurant), fantastic and very welcoming service and good atmosphere.
I had my 25th Birthday Party at this town centre curry house, which at that time was the most stereotypical Indian Restaurant you could get. Flock wallpaper, maroon and burgundy velvet seating and a lively atmosphere with last orders taken at 2am. Curry was amazing. Although it looks like it has had a lick of paint since, the curry is just as good, out-does its rivals and not much else has changed - probably the reason why it was able to host my 50th birthday party last year. Its a must-visit for curry lovers. Around £10 per head will get you a starter, main course and rice.
35 Heathcote Street, Hockley.
The website often has good offers, and print-off voichers.
Not only is Hansa's one of the finest Indian restaurants in Leeds (indeed, restaurant of any kind), it is also entirely vegetarian - as much Indian cuisine traditionally is, or in Britain, was at least. The finest ingredients, lovingly prepared, go into making subtle, complex Gujarati dishes, whose flavours can all be made out even in the hottest of dishes. The staff - including Hansa herself - are extremely helpful and friendly, eager to explain the dishes to you, if you need any help after the thorough and interesting menu. A real treasure.
72-74 North St, Leeds, LS2 7PN - a fifteen minute walk from Leeds City Station, or ten from the bus station.
Situated just off Haymarket, Mint Leaf serves seriously good Indian food. It'd definitely in the same category as some of the more celebrated options like Veeraswamy and Tamarind. Get a mix of main courses to share to make the most of the experience – a combination of chicken curry, lamb stew, pulao rice, bread basket, yellow lentils and aloo will certainly not disappoint.
The Anoki was voted one of the top 10 UK Indian restaurants; I have eaten in countless curry houses and this is deservedly acclaimed.
The service, food, decor and ambiance are all top notch. Go, you will not be disappointed, but book or you will not get in on many nights.
London Road, Derby
The Curry Corner is an excellent family-run Bangladeshi restaurant which has been established for more than 30 years. This restaurant is truly "in a league of its own". In my opinion The Curry Corner is better than leading Indian restaurants in London.
Shamsul and Saleha Krori first opened the doors to the The Curry Corner in 1977. From that date to the present they continue to personally cook everything on the menu. They only use best quality ingredients, (local as much as possible). Locally Sam is often called the Master of Spices - he crushes, grinds and blends his own spice.
The excellence of the restaurant is epitomised by its high quality food but certainly does not end there. To celebrate their 30th anniversary Shamsul and Saleha completely refurbished the restaurant. The new interior is fitting of Maharajas; palatial antique carvings, ruby silk walls and vintave sari bolsters have been used to create the most luxurious and realxing restaurant imaginable. The restaurant was designed by daughter Monrusha because she wanted to make the space a "Krori" family space in line with everything else, this from someone who is extremely busy in her career as a lawyer is indicative of the hands-on approach and pride the family take in running their restuarant.
Son Joshua is in charge of front of house, and he is nothing short of attentive and charming. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, it is one that anyone who appreciates excellent food, service and ambience should try. My personal favourites from the menu include 16 spice masala, sweet Gloucestershire honey chicken, Goan tiger prawn and coconut curry with courgette flower. And do try any of the naan bread on offer and range of homemade fresh cream kulfis because it is all deliciously divine.
It is a well presented Indian restaurant, with a great chef who does really authentic good food. Service is detailed and good, with a very pleasant ambience and relaxing bar - it's a great place to go.
Wollaton Vale, Wollaton, Nottingham
It's in the heart of the theatre district and is an independently run venue. I've never seen an Indian restaurant and live music bar rolled into one - it's fab.
The Spice Lounge
No. 3, Savoy Crescent
Central Milton Keynes
Khaana is a cafe restaurant offering Pakistani/northern Indian/Kashmiri cuisine. The food is excellent - authentic homestyle and a lot of Asians eat in there. It offers great value for money and is very reasonably priced.
The decor is gorgeous - contemporary, stylish and light with mirrored and iridescent mosaic. Free wi-fi is available and you can just pop in for a coffee or chai and read the newspapers. The desserts are pretty good too. You can also eat and drink al fresco. This is the only decent Indian restaurant in Catford and surrounding areas. Absolutely worth a visit.
123 Rushey Green, Catford, London SE6 4AA (Opposite Argos)
020 8698 0258
Catford Bridge is nearest overground station.
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