“ Address: 20 Broadway / Shifnal / Shropshire / England / TF11 8AZ / Tel: 01952 460 142 „
Sorry Guys. The service in this place is the worst ive ever come accross. I am no snob but would have liked to have been treated a little better. The waiter we had firstly handed me my cutlery to lay my self then wiped his nose on his sleeve and when we was asked what we would like to drink, he didnt give us chance to answer before he about turned and walked away. Very unhappy with this service we got up and walked away and wasnt questioned. Just as well really.
This restaurant in Shifnal is one that me and my family have been visiting for many years. It recently underwent a complete refurb and actually looks a bit different to the picture at the top of this page, the inside is pretty amazing now and has been transformed from a classic feeling old school indian (material on the walls and ceiling and quite dark) into a very contemporary space, all light reflecting surfaces, LED lights which soothingly change colour as you watch, higher ceilings and flat screen TVs showing bollywood movies on rotation.
Shifnal in fact has 3 Indian restaurants to chose from, despite being a small town, and we have always liked the food from here the best. They pride themselves on the fact that their chef has won an award for his cooking and to be fair, the food is so good that this is easy to believe.
They offer a wide range of dishes with an exceptionally extensive range of balti's on offer, it is their baltis which they have become renound for (as the name would suggest!) and in particular we love their Balti Tikka Korhai and Balti Chicken and Mushroom, both of which are excellent and so full of flavour. I particularly like the fact that their dishes are rarely swimming in grease and always contain the freshest of vegetables.
My husband is veggie and loves the range they have to cater for him, his favourite is the Balti Mushroom which always includes an amazing array of mushroom types and is very tasty indeed.
If you are not a fan of balti, worry not, they also do all the old favourites such as bhuna, jalfrezie, biryani and tikka masala, plus a whole range of speciality dishes too.
Prices are very reasonable, if you are eating in the balti dishes are between £7-9 with the odd dish costing more for King Prawns for example, other curry dishes are around the same price, starters range from £1 for a piece of bombay duck to £4.95 for King Prawn Butterfly with most of them around the £3-3.50 mark. Their onion bhaji at £2.95 is very good indeed.
Side dishes of rice are around the £2 mark and a plain naan is £1.75. We have always considered naan from here to be among the best we have eaten anywhere, neither too doughy or too thin, it always tastes fresh and is absolutely delicious. The sizes are very generous too and we usually find one naan and one rice is plenty to share between two.
At weekends it is advisable to book, especially if you are a large group, however, they will usually fit you in without too much of a wait and the newly extended dining room means they do have plenty of tables, there is also a waiting area with sofas both for people waiting for tables and picking up takeaway.
The takeaway menu is less extensive than the restaurant menu and unfortunately they do not deliver - but we are lucky enough to live two minutes from the high street so this is never an issue for us. They are always pretty quick with takeaways and the food is always hot and to as high a standard as it is in the restaurant.
Service is the only area where we have sometimes felt a little let down with this restaurant as it tends to be a bit hit and miss. Sometimes completely brilliant and attentive and then at other times quite the opposite. It seems to us that it depends on how busy they are but it is a shame it does not seem to be consistent.
We have noticed since the refurb that the noise level is incredibly high when the restaurant is full, we think its because whereas all the material used to soak up some of the sound, now all the MDF and hard surfaces simply bounce the noise back into the restaurant and whilst this does make the place feel like its really buzzing, it can mean you are shouting across the table to make yourself heard when its busy!
A nice touch from this restaurant is that they always give all female customers a rose at the end of the evening to take away. It is completely usual therefore, in Shifnal, to see women wandering round clutching roses on a weekend and you just smile and know they have been in the Balti. I wondered whether they would stop doing this when they re-launched but was pleased to see they kept up the tradition.
Although the restaurant is now licensed and has a full bar, it used to be that you had to take your own alcohol and it seems that this has remained as an option as we have seen people take in their booze when we have been there since the re-launch, this is quite handy as it means you can cut the cost a little on your night out, although we never bother as they serve quite tasty Cobra beer which goes very well with a curry.
In short this place is something of a Shifnal institution and is also a curry house that people come into the town specifically to visit - which says a lot in itself. I have no doubt that we will continue using it as long as we live in the area because the food is great value and very tasty indeed!