“ Address: 15-18 Alexandra Parade / Weston-super-Mare / Somerset / England / BS23 1QT / Tel: 01934 614 033 „
Upon moving to Weston Super Mare recently I have been staying with my best and her family above a pub (that she is a manger of). Life for them running a successful pub is incredibly hard and no one has time to do anything at all other than work lol!
However the other night my mate announced that me and her and her partner were going into town for something to eat and she really fancied eating an Indian! She'd heard of this place but never had gone in so it was a first for all of us!
15-18 Alexandra Parade
Tel: 01934 614 033
Tel: 01934 614 563
This restaurant is very large and on one level. It fits in 200 customers and is light airy and air conditioned. The tables come in all different shapes and sizes with lots of high backed leather brown and beige chairs and leather sofas with lots of dangling lights, pictures on the walls and a large well stocked bar to the front of it with a small waiting/drinking area. It's a very modern and contemporary restaurant and incredibly pleasing on the eyes and there was a group celebrating a birthday when we were in there and all of a sudden the lights went off and integrated mood lighting was put on whilst the group sang happy birthday. Mellow pop music was played throughout our visit that wasn't one bit intrusive and although the restaurant was reasonably busy this isn't a loud joint where you can't hear yourself think and the staff are fast and efficient!
This is the best bit of all!
The menu is incredibly comprehensive indeed with a small list of appetiser's of poppadums and different chutneys all at 70P each and it has a large list of starters such as Palak Panir Pakoras (Crispy round balls made with spinach, onions and cheese) at £2.95, Safrani Kebab Minced lamb (Cooked with onions, peppers and special spices and wrapped in a Punjabi style omelette) which is £3.75 and Hazri (Chopped chicken liver in a medium sauce served with puri bread) at £4.50. There are so many starters to choose from and plenty of vegetarian options too. You then have a large list of mains to choose from such as Garlic Chilli Manglor (Chicken or lamb cooked with green chillies, herbs and coriander in a spicy sauce) at £6.95, Bhujon Tandoori king prawns in a medium thick sauce with onions, peppers and fresh coriander with a touch of tamarind at £10.95, Magaz which is sheep brain cooked in traditional Lahori style £10.95, Vanida (Mixed vegetables cooked with yoghurt, almond powder, coconut, butter, fresh cream and mango slices) £6.10 and of course there are the usual baltis and biryani's etc to choose from along with rices and vegetable side dishes and breads in abundance.
Lunchtime specials is any main course and a rice or bread for £5.95 each which seems an amazing price however you can order food from here and get 25% off from orders over £15.00!
We went on a banquet night which happens from a Tuesday to Thursday night which means you get Poppadoms & chutneys, and starter/main dish, rice or bread & vanilla ice cream or coffee for £11.95 each rather than paying the prices I have given you though to be fair that isn't the price you pay once you get through the door though it can be...let me explain! Like I stated earlier the menu is huge and on these nights the instructions on the menu are clear! Some things don't have a star next to them meaning they fall into the £11.95 price range. Then you have blue, yellow, green and red stars next to some things which means on top of your £11.95 you have to pay 2, 3, 4,or 5 quid more depending on said colour and sadly this seems to be anything more interesting than a balti!
The poppadums were amazing though. Melt in your mouth with plenty of chutneys and onion salad. For starters I had scallops, my mate had baby squid and her partner had a chicken kebab type thing. Plenty of slurps were heard from our table however we paid about an extra £15.00 on top for the experience but the portions were large, hot and really amazing in taste as well as nice on the eyes. For main meals we all had Barbecue Mela which was Assortment of duck, tandoori chicken, lamb chops, safrani kebab & king prawn and again this was gorgeous and plentiful and we all had peshwari nans which was really light and soft and smelt really fresh with keema and mushroom rices that we shared. It was all really filling and just heavenly.
The desserts were simply ice-cream really which we had no room for and didn't have coffee either cos we needed to get back to the pub but we explained this and did get a free Baileys each along with warm towels and some Belgian chocolates! All together our bill came to £80.00 for the three of us and although I don't think that is all that cheap to be fair the food and service was outstanding!
The toilets were clean, the prices of the bar were a little higher than average and there was no, no smoking area. The place was easy to navigate (a pleasant plus for the disabled amongst us though I didn't spot a disabled loo) and the atmosphere was fabulous to be fair!
This is really a fantastic restaurant! The menu is unusual, easy to understand and they can adapt any item on the menu to what you want. The food looks great but isn't skimped on and if you want to impress someone this place will help you. Curry isn't great usually in Weston Super Mare this really bucks that trend on every level and comes with a huge recommendation from me and my mates!