Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Perfection on a Plate; FOOD REVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Perfection on a Plate; FOOD REVIEW

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Byline: Gordon Barr

IRST impressions count a lot when you venture somewhere new.

FAs was the case with this Indian in Sunderland. It is housed in a beautiful old building in the Ashbrooke area of the city and on entering you do get the feeling you are in something of a classy joint.

But do the aesthetics of the place reflect in the quality of the food? Oh yes.

First let's talk decor and staff. We were given as warm a welcome as you could want and taken to our table, next to the window. It was Friday night and there was a good crowd in too, but the staff spent plenty of time with everyone.

The building was once home to Cafe Spice, but as I was never there I cannot compare. What I can say though is that much of the Victorian building's character has been retained and added to with lovely gold-coloured curtains and purple velvet chairs.

FOOD It's not your average Indian, that's for sure, and the same can be said of the food. While all your usual favourites are there, there is plenty more to whet your appetite too.

By Gordon There were four of us and it took a canny while to decide what to have as we were also having a good catch-up too.

Staff never hassled us and, eventually, when we had all decided, I and one of the other diners opted for tandoori hansh (PS5.25). This was marinated duck breast in tandoori spices and it was superb. The four portions of duck had a delicate flavour to them and the meat itself was beautiful.

Fusspot couldn't make up his mind whether to go for onion bhaji (PS2.75) or the paneer Barr tikka (PS3.50) but staff offered to combine both for him - great service.

The paneer was very tasty, subtly spiced, while the onion bhaji was of the traditional type and perfectly prepared. Firm, crisp on the outside and moist inside, it tasted divine and actually complemented the paneer.

Diner four had the king prawn butterfly (PS4.75), which she wolfed down - so all good there too. …

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