I lure my husband to meet the kids and me for an early dinner with the promise of curry. But not just any curry, a new adventure – Indian tapas.
Initially I’m slightly confused by this concept from Mother India’s Cafe but I think it’s a great idea. You get a variety of smaller Indian dishes in perfect tapas size portions so you won’t have to physically roll yourself away after the meal.
Still, this award winning eatery has a lot to live up to. We’ve heard it’s good – but we’re self-proclaimed curry connoisseurs and ready to put its reputation to the test.
I’m pleased that despite boasting a new concept, the welcoming restaurant still has little traditional touches here and there like the flocked wallpaper – it’s deep, red, velvet flower pattern tempts me to touch and it’s homey feel is complimented by the array of Indian portraits.
And of course, the most important feature is the menu – a superb choice of both new and more traditional dishes. I’m almost overwhelmed with choice; the staff recommend two to three dishes per person – a good tip. We finally choose the Chicken Shaslik, Chilli Garlic Chicken, Channa Aloo, Chicken Pakora and Vegetable Pakora.
The dishes don’t arrive in any set order and are beautifully presented in copper pots, hotplates and smell absolutely amazing. Your senses will thank you and your mouth will water.
The food is sensational; every dish is distinct, fresh, bursting with flavour and expertly made. The quality of the ingredients and extraordinary tastes leaves my mouth tingling with delight. We have no choice but to clear all the pots – in fact I scrape around the edges to get the last of any missed morsels.
And just as impressive as the food is the excellent price. The whole meal (for a family of four) with drinks came to just over £30, quality and value.
Now you can stay in with Mother India
We leave the restaurant completely satisfied – but notice the shop next door – Dining in with Mother India . So I go for nosey and to my delight discover they sell portions of the food we had just devoured for take away.
Heat and eat tasty homemade food (that you don’t actually have to make), what’s not to love!
So next time the family wants Mum to make something delicious – check out Mother India.