“ 30 Kingsway, Stoke On Trent, ST4 1JH, Tel:01782 746502 „
Sangam is an Indian restaurant in Stoke-on-Trent based in two locations. One of them is on Glebe Street, which I must confess straight away I have not eaten in, and the other is for some reason just behind it on Kingsway.
As a university student at the time Sangam was probably the closest Indian restaurant to me and on one occasion when my girlfriend and I were feeling slightly more flush we decided to give it a go, and to be fair what we received was not bad at all.
On arrival the first thing you notice if there are other people already in the restaurant is that despite it having a very small bar, most people seem to bring their own drinks (bottle of Lambrini anyone?). This was quite an alien concept to me. Call me old fashioned, but I would have thought that if a restaurant had a licence to sell alcohol then they would not allow you to bring your own. Sangam certainly bucked that trend.
The restaurant is not huge. There are maybe five or six tables down one side and perhaps seven or eight down the other all easily able to seat at least four people pretty comfortably. The decor is a tad dull and unlike certain other Indian restaurants I have been to in my time, lacks any of the cheep tacky golden bits and bobs hanging from every available slot. A plus point you may argue.
The menu is a standard Indian menu. There is very little on there that you would not expect to see in any Indian restaurant throughout the country but from my experience each dish is cooked very well and is full of traditional Indian flavour. To start with (if you have a huge appetite as I found the portions rather large and filling) you can have some popadoms with a selection of four dips including mango chutney and an onion salad relish. On top of that you can also have a 'main' starter as it were. For me this is too much food on top of a main course, but the selection for those with big stomachs is quite reasonable both in terms of selection and price.
For a main course the choice is quite obvious. You have a selection of curry based choices to make. Most are either chicken or lamb with the odd vegetarian option so those non meat eaters amongst you don't feel left out. However, I tend to go for what is known as chicken tikka, salad and sauce. This option gives you a large portion of chicken pieces, a small side salad and a tub of sauce (which I have no idea what it is but tastes quite nice). Alongside this you will need to order a portion of rice which tends to be priced around the £2.50 to £3.00 mark. My weapon of choice at this stage is Pilau and is a decent portion to go with your main. The best is yet to come still. For me the peshwari naan bread is the best I have ever tasted. This naan packs a whole load of flavour and really delivers where others I have tried in more expensive restaurants have failed. This is perhaps the one main reason I tend to go back to this place.
Food is generally served quickly even when the restaurant is pretty full and a meal for two consisting of a popadoms, a main course each, one portion of rice, a naan bread (trust me that's enough food) and a drink each comes to around £25. It won't set your world on fire but will give you a nice easy meal when you don't want to cook at home but not keen on spending too much.
They also do a decent take-away service which is what I have tended to do more recently. This is cheaper than eating in the restaurant and even cheaper still if you collect the food yourself (10% off I believe). Well worth a look if you're in the Stoke-on-Trent area.
Sangam's has two restaurant's in Stoke City Centre and whenever anyone suggests a good indian restaurant, Sangams is always at the top of the list so having a love of Indian food and not indulging in it too much, I had to try it our for myself as I have my own favourite Indian eateries.
The restaurant itself is reknown for its food, and when I walked into the restaurant I realised why as it isn't the best decorated place I have ever been in and my favourite Indian restaurant, the surroundings and atmosphere are extremely pleasant and that is one of the reasons why I always tend to go there. Sangam's is a little old fashioned, going back to when Indian restaurants first opened and where quite dull and dreary.
The menu however is quite extensive, however I have my favourite dish and I ordered a Lamb Tikka Dupiaza. My boyfriend enjoys Indian food however is a little bit of a light weight when it comes to the strength of the food, and he ordered a Chicken Tikka Korma, which is a little mild for me. We had a portion of chips between us and also a Keema Nan. The restaurant is licensed however they don't offer draught beer, and all drinks are available in cans. You can however take you own alcohol in there and they are more than happy to let you drink it with no surcharge.
Our food came within 10 minutes, piping hot and very edible. All Indian dishes never taste the same however they have very distinct similarities on how they make them, however I felt that Dupiaza was a little bland. Dupiaza is a medium hot dish which features quite a few onions and this particular dish in my opinion hadn't got a lot of taste to it for an Indian meal, and I wasn't that impressed with the actual curry. The Keema naan however was the best Keema naan I have ever had from any take away or restaurant. They are huge in size and it is best to tear and share rather than have one yourself or you wouldn't be able to eat it all. The chips came across as oven chips and quite tasteless.
The bill came to in the region of £27 with drinks and for two main courses which I felt was a little expensive and comparing it to my favourite restaurant, it didn't have a patch on it. It's ideal if you are out on a night out and fancy a curry at the end of the night as you tend to eat anything then but to go out for a meal here I wouldn't recommend, there are much nicer Indian restaurants in Stoke on Trent.