Rafiks is situated on Botchergate in Carlisle, in the restaurant what was recently The Jade Garden Chinese.
This restaurant has a really interesting history, having actually started off in the same building in 1976. (You can read all about it on their website - http://www.rafiks.co.uk/History)
I heard a rumour that a new Indian Restaurant had opened, so thought I should go an check it out.
What a surprise when walking in, it is nothing like the restaurant it once was, very modern, contemporary, beautiful decor and furniture - a total transformation.
We were seated at a low table near the bar, then offered a choice of dining tables.
The menu was very good, with some interesting offerings on it, nice to see something different.
I went for Tokri Chaat - Traditional Indian street food, puffed rice, sev, rice flakes, chickpeas and tomato served in a poppadum basket with dips.
It was unbelievably delicious. I loved it. It was one of those tastes that you "fancy" when deciding to go out for a meal.
Hubby had Chicken Pakora - chicken in spicy chickpea batter, fried.
He said it was 'very enjoyable'.
For a main course I couldn't choose, so I went for two side dishes instead - Kurkuri - Crispy spiced coated okra with chilli.... and Palak Paneer - Spinach and Indian cheese.
They were quite small portions, but very nice. The Okra wasn't quite as crispy as I would have liked, but it had a lovely flavour and the paneer was nice and creamy.
Hubby went for his usual Chicken Tikka. He was a little disappointed to get just 6 small pieces for £7.50 though especially when you have to order your sides extra, but the flavour was nice.
We shared rice, chips and bread for accompaniments. Bread was nice and fluffy, and the chips were fat and fluffy :)
I have to say though, the sauces and dips that were served with different courses were lovely, something very different and added to the enjoyment of the meal.
I would definitely go back again and recommend Rafiks to others, but you will need a starter if you are hungry, so it's not a cheap night out. At the time of writing they only open for dinner and not for lunch.
Here are the details for you, let us know if you go.
141 – 145 Botchergate,
Tel: 01228 599889