“ Address: 34 Cheltenham Parade / Harrogate / HG1 1DB / England „
Tried the £9.95 buffet and it was awful. Everything tasted like cheap packet curry and when we complained we were told that it was to be expected when the food stands. We paid full price for main courses that were so bad we couldn't eat them. I asked for a clean plate and was given a used plate from another table and told to scrap my food onto that. Save your money - go somewhere else.
The owners of the Jinnah curry house deserve a pat on the back for one of the biggest transformations of any restaurant I have seen both in terms of décor but also popularity. Situated on Cheltenham Mount (restaurant central in Harrogate) it is one of many indians within a 200 yard radius but it stands out a mile. They have converted an old church and have come up with a very modern but functional space. It never used to be renowned for it's food, in fact people avoided it like the plague but since the re-build they have clearly brought in new kitchen staff and have really upped their game.
The most popular choice by far is the buffet which occurs Sunday to Thursdays and offers a superb array of dishes. For £8.95 you get a mixed sizzling starter (usual bhaji, chicken, sheesh) and then as much as you can eat buffet with meats, vegetarian dishes etc. Rice is also included (can't remember if you get a nan as well). I have been a few times and have never seen any of the serving cauldrons empty.
I only have one gripe with the Jinnah and it is completely down to personal taste. I had asked for poppadoms and they arrived with the usual condiments. I was starving and so proceeded to hurl them into my mouth with the usual topping of onion , chutney, raita. Not long after this I started sweating and my mouth felt on fire! The raita was the culprit and must have been absolutely full of chillis. I'm not sure of this was intentional or if they had confused cucumber for chillis but it had me up all night. I'm one of those people who can't do really hot things so I suggest if you go that you do a little taste test before devouring your meal!
All in all though a great curry.