Been meaning to revisit this restaurant for a while, having been years ago when it first opened, but because it is tucked away in Denton Holme, Carlisle, it is never a restaurant that springs to mind when deciding where to go.
On the main street in Denton Holme - Denton Street - it is walkable from the City Centre in about 30/40 minutes. Parking is a bit of an issue, both during the day and evenings, it's a case of find a spot between the residents and bingo players (the Bingo hall is a few doors away).
We went on a Monday evening at around 9.00pm, we were the only ones in the restaurant, but they serve up to 10.30pm and are open for take-aways too.
A nice clean, modern, white, contempory eatery, with nicely set tables and comfy chairs. The wine glasses are lovely, I do like a nice wine glass :)
We were greeted with a smile and shown to the table by the window. We were then offered a different table as it was a cold evening and the waiter thought we might like one near a heater, but we were ok. In retrospect we should have perhaps moved as when the Bingo players came out, each and every one of them stared in the window at us eating.
Good wine list by the bottle with just one available by the glass, but it was a good one so all was well :)
We began with poppadoms, served warm with dips. The mango chutney tasted nice but was way too runny, not a lump of mango in sight and really hard to keep on the poppadom, it was more like a mango sauce.
For a starter I chose Garlic Mushrooms - Sliced mushrooms cooked with home-made ghee and cream.
Very naughty, but everso nice. It had the texture of a slightly undercooked cheese omelette, so a bit thicker than other Garlic Mushroom dishes, and although not very "Indian" tasting, it was really really good, would definately have it again. Served with a nice fresh side salad.
Hubby had Chicken Tikka Pakora, a really generous portion in really tasty batter, served with a spicy sauce, which I tested for him - very good.
As well as the usual "mixed veg" options with the regular curry sauces, and the veggie side dishes, they did have a Vegetarian Speciality section on the menu with 4 paneer (Indian Cheese) choices.
I chose Sag Paneer, one of my favourite dishes. It was a little bit bland, could have done with something 'extra' chucked in there, but was certainly very edible.
To go with it I had Olive Rice, I have not seen this offered anywhere else and I love Olives - I was not dissapointed, it was gorgeous and the salt from the Olives really lifted the taste, they weren't shy with the whole Olives either. A really nice change.
The garlic naan was fluffy and cripsy at the same time, really good.
Hubby had Chicken Tikka Roshun which he enjoyed.
Didn't manage to eat it all, but they were happy to pack it up as a take-away for us to take home.
We were asked to fill in a satisfaction check at the end of the meal, great idea !
The bill, not including a tip, was £41, this was for 2 poppadums, 2 starters, 2 mains, 3 sides, 2 large wines and 2 cokes.
They have a basic website and also a restaurant in Cockermouth.
Let us know if you go.