Spice up your life: National Curry Week
National Curry Week is here! Possibly one of our favourite excuses to enjoy a delicious meal and not have to cook for ourselves (ok, we’ll take any excuse for that…) and it got us here at Janes HQ thinking about our go-to places for a curry – whether for a fab meal out or a takeaway and cosy night in.
So here are our top picks of Asian and Indian restaurants and takeaways from the places we live, work and play – dig in!
Navadhanya – Cambridge – @HOLLY_COLLAS
This is my absolute favourite Indian restaurant, of all time, bar none. The price tag isn’t cheap but if we have a special occasion, a birthday or anniversary, there is no doubt where we are heading. Navadhanya is a “fine dining” Indian restaurant which basically means no kormas or massalas are on the menu but in this place, you don’t need them. They have loads to choose from and a personal favourite of mine is the Malabar Prawn Curry.
Ramen – Cork City – @LIBBYMASTERS
For affordable and delicious Asian street food in Cork City, my favourite place is Ramen. There’s four curries on their menu, each one incredibly tasty, but the Red Massaman takes the top spot. Either eat in, or get it to takeaway and don’t miss the ‘€6 before 6pm’ daily offer!
Fish, wings and tings – Brixton – @SOPHBENNETT1
It’s in Brixton village and very canteen-style food, on the cheap and cheerful end of the scale. Fish, wings and tings do a delicious melt-in-your mouth goat curry and a decent portion of it – hurrah! Plus it’s BYO, so you can take your own booze to wash it down with. Bargain.
The Mint Room – Norwich – Best Takeaway – @_RHEEEENA
This decadent restaurant/takeaway offers the best in Indian/Bangladeshi cuisine that I’ve found in the region. Located on Queens Road, The Mint Room is the perfect location for an evening out, but they also deliver to the comfort of your own home. They use fresh ingredients that are full of flavour, make sure you try the Coriandar Lime Chicken as a starter, which is barbecued cubes of succulent chicken breast made with fresh lime, coriander and mint – mouthwatering stuff! They have a number of signature dishes including the Award-winning Tanger which is a personal favourite! They also offer an Indian Buffet service on Tuesdays and Sundays that sounds very inviting!
The Raj Tandoori – London – @HOLLY_COLLAS
My go-to Indian restaurant when I’ve had a heavy day shopping in London. Just off Oxford Street, the Raj Tandoori is an ideal place to rest and replenish yourself. From the outside it doesn’t look that special, but give it a chance as the food is great and the portions are pretty big too. We always tend to share a few dishes between us and it works really well. However, if you want to use the loo be prepared as you have to go outside to a strange little outhouse!
Dabbawal – Newcastle – @SOPHBENNETT1
A bit different from your standard curry house as Dabbawal also do a wide range of curry tapas. So you can have lots of mini curries! Tapas faves beside the curries are chicken lollipops (I think this is PR speak for kebabs, but I was sold), a refreshing citrus salad (if you’re wanting to pretend to be healthy) and any of the chaats on offer (an Indian dish of boiled vegetables or raw fruit, with spices, sounds weird but amazing).
Mughal Emperor – Cowbridge – @Bamos29
Ok, so it’s on the not-so-glam location of the A48 into Cowbridge, but the Mughal is a go-to when I’m visiting family in Wales. The restaurant itself has a great, buzzing atmosphere – but it’s equally fab for a takeaway if you fancy a quiet night in. The food selection is big and delicious – and you also have the option to full-out Welsh and get a cheeky half-and-half on your carbs (half chips-half rice – it’s extremely popular!).
Rajdoot – Ruislip – @SOPHBENNETT1
This started off as a small cosy family-run restaurant but it’s popularity meant Rajdoot ended up expanding and giving the restaurant a swanky overhaul. Luckily what wasn’t lost is the authentic family feel of the place, from the friendly staff to giving you a free shot of Baileys at the end of your meal if you’re lucky (yes, this ACTUALLY happens). All of this aside, the curries are absolutely amazing, the perfect levels of spiciness, thickness, flavour and portion size. They also have cottoned-on to the Prosecco trend (high five) and sell it in mini bottles as well as big bottles if you’re dining with a beer fan and only want one. (Plus the mini bottles are super cute.)
So that’s our top picks of places for National Curry Week – or any week! Where are your faves? Share with us @tweetjanes