Stylish restaurant with a great roof terrace, perfect for warm evenings. Unusually good range of vegetarian food served by friendly staff in very pleasant surroundings.
21 rue de la Corraterie, Geneva, close to Place Neuve, the old town and the Reformation Wall. Phone 022 310 53 40 Website (in French): www.ubobba.ch
Vegetarian delight on Belgrave Road. The Thalis are always fresh and filled with seasonal simplicity. They range from spicy and tongue fizzing to more sober and flavoursome offerings.
The chapatis are superb and the dosa and parathas are very authentic. But my favourite is the lassi, always sweet, always moreish.
And I once drove from Hull and returned merely for the curry. What's more, the service is always friendly and welcoming.
Leicester, Belgrave Road
In the sprawl of restaurants in Brick Lane, we have only ever had fantastic food, service and atmosphere here. Whether an after-work meal for 12, a quick pre-club supper for four, a lingering dinner for two or a cricket club on the lash - everyone is made to feel welcome and attended to with the same quality of service. Having tried the rest, believe me, when in Brick Lane, aim straight for the Village.
Brick Lane, London
Misleading name, underwhelming locale (although Brook Green is entirely charming, Shepherd's Bush Road is most poignantly not so) and the interior won't stretch the imagination. But, you should go. In fact, I implore you to.
Truly excellent, from the personable service to my real reason - the magician(s) in the kitchen.
158a Shepherd's Bush Road
Brook Green W6 7PB
It's the best curry house in the world! I once travelled all the way from Nottingham on National Express (nearly three hours) just to have lunch there!
Since they don't serve alcohol, the sort of people who go there are nice and civilised and you don't get a yobbish after-pub crowd. The biggest test is that the majority of people eating there are Asian, which I always take as a good sign. Their curries are traditional, freshly cooked Kashmiri cuisine and busting with flavour. The quality of the meat is exceptional, it's not a case of bad meat drowning in a curry sauce. The service is also excellent. Visit them! Please! It's truthfully the only thing I mss about England!
386-400 Great Horton Rd,
Smashing local curry house specialising in delicious Nepalese food - definitely a big step above the usual Rusholme fare. It's been a while since I last visited, but I loved it before I moved from Levenshulme to Brazil a year ago. Top grub, nice atmosphere, good value - can't be beaten.
945 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 tel: 0161 248 8883
Nepalese & Indian rstaurant run by Nepalis. Excellent fresh cooked food. Limited menu and different to the 'run-of-the-mill' Indian restaurant. Expensive, but this is Surrey!
18 Cromwell Road, Redhill, RH1 1RT 01737789599
One of the best of the Brick Lane crew, this place tends to be overlooked by passing trade as it's the very first one you come to if you approach from Whitechapel High Street. They don't have a tout offering 40% off, and they aren't BYO, but when you get in, the restaurant is modern and spacious, the service is attentive to the point of obsequious, and the Xacuti is positively to die for.
1 Whitechapel Road
Great little cafe serving delicious desi food complete with formica tables and melamine plates. Mind, don't go late at night...you'll see the next morning's trawl for the magistrates court!
Whalley Range 10 mins walk from Blackburn railway station
This is worth the trip out of town and out of Didsbury or Chorlton. Amazing, healthy (well, as healthy as a curry could be) and good value. Great service, always willing to give advice on what's best and wine to go with it. A real gem!
I agree that curry mile isn't worth it unless you're very inebriated and after the experience of the location, rather than the taste of the curry.
Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton.
Traditional recipes, excellent portions and a taste you will never get anywhere else in Edinburgh.
They are now based in Victoria Street and Altaf has got a wee bit up hisself as he has turned a £2k a week cafe into a mega money making machine, prices are now at their optimum and I go maybe four times a year when previously I could be there twice a week. Still the best though.
A wonderful restaurant owned and operated by the formidable Nirmal Gupta. She'll sit with you as you order, and won't let you order simply what you want, you'll end up with vast numbers of side dishes and extras as well, but it's all fabulous.
The lamb massallam in particular is phenomenal, and if you have a large party you can order an entire leg of lamb if you give the restaurant 48 hours notice. The lamb will spend that 48 hours marinading to perfection. She also always seems to have the most delicious fresh mangoes for dessert as well.
West Street, Sheffield
Proper desi food. This is probably one of the best restaurants in the Balti Triangle as it's been christened.
It's balti food aimed more at brown people - of which I am one, so when you pop in you will see the place is usually rammed full of desi families.
Worth going just to check out the chairs.
No Chicken Tikka Massala here. Just proper Kashmiri cusine. I recommend the Achari Chicken with Chilli naan bread.
Only downside is that the portions aren't great.
706 Stratford Road, Sparkhill Birmingham
B11 4AT Map
Tel 0121 778 4450
Brilliant old fashioned curry house with slow service but excellent, excellent food - subtle, restrained and delicious unlike most in-your-face curries that seem to be all the rage nowadays.
4 Argyle Street
Easily the best, and best value, place to get curry in Edinburgh. Just a handful of tables, no hurry service, everything cooked to order, and massive platefuls you'll struggle to finish.
Cheap, cheerful, and unbeatable. Very popular with locals and students, but with a very diverse customer profile (based on looking at who's in!). Worth coming to Edinburgh for. No, really!
www.kebab-mahal.co.uk, 7 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9B
Odd name for a restaurant, I know, but what a restaurant. Easily the best curry in Edinburgh! And I should know - I was born and bred in Bradford!
Consistently tasty, very friendly staff, great for a romantic meal for two, or for a small number of friends, not so good for large parties, which means it's nice and quiet. Lamb tikka is superb, great pilau rice and succulent sultana naans. Wonderful!
50 East Fountainbridge
(Just off Lothian Road)
Cheap, fantastic food served in a canteen style environment. Not pretty but quite easily one of the best curry houses in Tooting. 9 members of the tooting curry club attended, all left very full and all we spent in total was £80. For the full review read our blog - tootingcurryclub.blogspot.com
1 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0SN
I've been eating here for over 10 years. It's a great family-run restaurant. Always busy (worth booking), yet the service has been consistently friendly. Stands out against fierce competition in the area.
Really good range of Handis, particularly the Green Chicken Handi.
Search out Monica Ali's review in The Observer.
73 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London SE22 8EP. 0871 426 3062.
It's an Indian restaurant rather than a curry house, if that makes any sense.
The food is just fantastic - a million miles from the generic curry sauce used on different ingredients that so many places churn out. Fantastic food, good prices, good portions, friendly staff.
It's the best Indian food I've had outside of India, and since moving away from Nottingham I've really missed it. Despite hunting high and low in Bristol, where I am now, I've not yet found anywhere near its equal.
43 Mount Street Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6HE
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