Something I’ve always enjoyed, but rarely seem to get around to doing, is the Traditional Chickpea Curry Breakfast.
Unlike the Curry Mile in
, where the Chickpea Curry
Breakfast is all the rage, Bradfordians seem less than enthusiastic from what I
can tell. If anyone knows where to get
Chickpea Curry Breakfast then please let me know. Manchester
|Bottles of sauce are supplied on the tables|
The little Sweet Centre Café on the corner of
Lumb Lane and Bowland Street is
separated from the Sweet Centre Restaurant proper by an importer/exporter
herbalist’s shop, and is a pretty cool place to visit. Although recently refurbished with posh new
chairs, the general layout is essentially how I remember it, in that there is a
counter partly to display sweets, and partly for eating at, with a number of
associated stools, and standard tables and chairs. We took a table on this occasion due to
having a baby in tow, and also because all the stools were full!! NB – no high chairs are available.
What no menus? A quick peer around the, what I thought was a, surprisingly busy café for 11:30 in the morning, revealed everyone was eating one of three things – Chickpea with puri’s, Sheekh Kebab’s or Samosa’s. This led me to the conclusion that there must be such a limited menu available at this time that it isn’t even worth offering one for perusal?? However, I now have a little dilemma - what I call ‘Chick Pea Curry Breakfast’ might not be its official title? If I ask for this will I be laughed out of the place? It wouldn’t be the first time a waiter has had to correct me for ordering the wrong type of food at the wrong time of day!!
|Izzy enjoys her days out eating curry with her Daddy|
Anyway, above the bustling bar are two signs, one reads ‘takeaway orders’ and the other reads ‘eat in orders’ – simple really. So with all my nerve I approach the bar preparing myself to be either laughed at, lectured at or simply told to clear off. I lean between two blokes and ask for a ‘breakfast’. Thankfully my request is greeted with a nod, and also with the kind of expression that say “yes I know, we only sell three things here…. What else could you possibly want?” Full of confidence now I ask for two kebabs too.
I retreat back from the bar, but within a couple of minutes I’m beckoned back over, and the food is ready!! A vast pan supplies the chickpeas, and the kebabs are given a quick blast in the microwave (Booo! but quick). The puri’s come from a small kitchen out the back. I’m also supplied with a glass of water and some napkins.
|Traditional breakfast fare|
Once ferried back to our table, it’s clear to see this is uber fast and simple food. If I didn’t have Izzy with me, who prefers a more leisurely dining experience, I could be in and out in a matter of minutes – as were many people who we witnessed. The bowl of chickpea curry also had potato in and is kind of quite plain – in a good way mind – but just not like a curry you might eat on a night out. I don’t think you really need a blow your head off taste explosion in your head for breakfast. The puri’s are very greasy, but I think they are supposed to be, and I reckon could be a little ‘demanding’ to say the least if not prepared for them. Oil runs down your fingers as you are tearing into them!! The kebabs were good and tasty too – even though the microwaving made them a little rubbery – and had a real home made aspect to them.
A couple of sweets were selected afterwards also, and the whole bill came to £5.30!! Brilliant.
I should do this more often…. And will.