A warm welcome at one of Grantham’s newest Indian restaurants was a great start to a lovely evening.
As we walked into the London Road restaurant, we were greeted by a friendly waitor who shook our hands and led us to a table.
Although we were the only diners in there on a cold Wednesday evening, the atmosphere was warm and friendly. Moments after being seated we were served complimentary poppadoms and dips, which shushed our rumbling tummies!
Deciding to share a starter, we ordered onion bhajis which came minutes later with a small salad and a slice of lemon. They were delicious and the lemon was a great addition.
Now, I’m pretty boring when it comes to a curry and always order a korma or tikka masala. This time I decided to be more adventurous - not too much mind, I didn’t venture from mild into medium territory - and ordered a Tiger Special, lured by the menu’s promise of a ‘taste you’ll never forget’.
The thick sauce was fruity with a subtle spicy kick. There is a choice of meats to have with it, and I chose chicken tikka. The meat was tender and they went together really well.
Meanwhile, my dining partner opted for the Indian Garden Duck Special, which he thoroughly enjoyed. It was another slightly fruity sauce over strips of duck.
We shared an egg fried rice - and it was hands-down the best rice I’ve tasted.
The shared garlic and cheese naan bread was just as delicious. The bread was hot and light, and not at all greasy.
With full stomachs we asked for the bill, and along with it came a complimentary coffee sambuca shot for my fellow diner and a fruity glass of something or other for me, which was a lovely touch.
The bill came to £33.90 for all the food, a pint of Cobra and two soft drinks - a real bargain.
Service is incredibly important when you go out to eat, and it doesn’t get any better than at the Indian Garden. The waitor was attentive all night - granted we were the only diners in the restaurant. He made sure we were enjoying our meal and also told us how long our courses would take to arrive.
Great service goes a long, long way and coupled with fantastic food, I’d say this is the best Indian in town and I look forward to my next visit.
*****(out of five)
Review by Marie Baker