Sunday, 1 May 2011
Brill brill brill. I thought Karachi was best so far – but only just.
As we all know now Karachi is a traditional style Bradford curry house, which has been recently endorsed by Rick Stein, in one of his TV shows.
The BYO policy of Karachi was used (abused) to the max with the purchase of bottles of wine on the way to the restaurant. On arrival we were seated straight away, and glasses, jugs of water and a small onion/tomato/riata salad were plonked on the table. Jugs of water immediately cast aside, the glasses were utilised for the consumption of the old vino. Wine is not my preferred tipple during curry consumption escapades but, under the circumstances, it was perfectly adequate.
Following poppadons (required ordering – not a problem for this kind of restaurant), the starter I ordered was onion bhaji, and was very happy. A nice plate sized portion of crispy small morsels of fresh tasting bahji. The other starter of note was Kebab Sandwich??? From what I understand it was nice enough.
For main I had the Rick Stein’s Lamb and Spinach Balti. Defo can see why Rick likes it so much – it was lovely in every respect. It was rich, meaty, not too oily, flavoursome and just excellent – The best I have ever had. Chappatis included too - although that means ordering a naan is a little out of the question – unless very hungry. The other main to note was the Fish Balti. I tried a little and it had big bits of fish (cod/Haddock – something like that) and was well tasty. Next time.
Restaurant seemed popular and, although not heaving, was busy all the time we were there. Service was good and delivery of dishes was quick. The decor was the usual sort of basic Formica tables and odd cutlery (if lucky) type of place, but that is what these kinds of places are all about really – not supposed to be posh. Also quite a unique location – built into two terrace houses – which was quite endearing.
Overall, for me at least, the combination of location, price (came to about £9 each) and quality, the Karachi is top of the BCC league so far.