Jenny, Lilly, Dan Dan, Ian, Lara, Lynda, Izzy and
I was very
excited about visiting the new Omar Khan’s in Skipton.The ‘other’ Omar Khan’s (in Bradford) was the
first restaurant we visited as the Bradford Curry Club – so is where it all
started really.That inaugural Curry
Club meet seems a very very long time ago, and much curry has flowed beneath
the bridge since then.I recall an
excellent night out – so, the question is, will the new Skipton branch live up
to the memories? Different to Bradford, Skipton also offered
the option of al fresco dining and a children’s adventure playground.But wait, there’s yet more - I’d spotted a
special offer of Free Mixed Sizzler starter, for dinners who book tables,
through the month August – I was straight on the phone. Everything was all stacking up nicely.
was sunny, but a little changeable, and breezy, so the joy of outside dining
was pretty much out of the question.The
sun would, however, play havoc as it streamed through the large glass windows to
the front of the very trendy restaurant – we baked!It didn’t stop us enjoying the wonderful
hospitality and brilliant food served up by Omar Khan’s.
initial poppadom’s and pickle’s – which were, as is so often the case, good and
fresh – the special offer complimentary Mixed Sizzler’s arrived.Now, in my experience, as seems to be quite
often the case, ‘special offer’ fare can, sometimes, be found to be, somewhat
lacking in both quality and/or volume – not so with an Omar Khan’s special
was what I assume to the full blown Mixed Sizzler as per the menu – and for 6
people!It was huge and split between
three sizzling platters – the full Monty basically!There were onion bhajee, lamb and chicken
kebabs and stacks of chicken tikka.All
super. The tikka was wonderfully tasty and moist, and the having both lamb and
chicken kebabs offered a contrast I’ve not come across often.Both kebabs were excellently seasoned, but
the lamb had the edge for me.The onion
bhajee were also good, but I didn’t think they were quite up the standard of my
we had the prospect of shoe horning our mains in.The waiter must have seen our concern, and
did ask if we’d like to wait a few minutes before the mains.We took him up on his offer.If nothing else it gave time for the little
ones to run off steam for five minutes in the adventure playground.I didn’t hear any complaints from the tiny ones, and from what I
could gather it was a triumph.
And now to
the mains - in short Tava Gosht Lahori.Yes yes yes!From menu - ‘Tender morsels of lean Lamb Tikka tossed over an iron
skillet with exotic Herbs and Spices. Crushed Garlic, Juliennes of Ginger
masked in a light Sauce of Fresh Tomatoes, Spring Onion & Peppers’.It was a brill dish.The abundant chunks of lamb were beautifully tender
– melt in the mouth – and had been tikka’ed and charred.The minimal sauce had great flavor, and
included a slight sweet element, which was most welcome - maybe from the bell
peppers?Around the table, it appeared
the Butter chicken was well received too – especially by the young ‘uns
mains were offered in mild/medium/hot – including the Butter Chicken, so plenty
of scope to personalise ones dish.I
stuck middle of the road, and my dish was bob on for me.
Naan was getting just on the wrong side of crispy for me, but was daubed with a
good smear of sliced garlic, and satisfied my – what seem like constant these days - garlic cravings.
Drinks Policy and range
Omar Khan’s Wine Bar and Indian Restaurant… You do the Math!
plenty.The special offer of a huge free
sizzler – for a Yorkshire man - is difficult to see beyond… well, it was
free!However, the real star was the Tava
Gosht Lahori.Meaty and tasty, it was an
excellent dish.Also, the midday opening
times, the option of al fresco dining, and adventure playground, were all real
bonuses for families.
nothing moan about.
the ~£30s worth of special offer complimentary sizzler, it was a super
reasonable ~£12.50pp.In reality, all
our mains – which were chosen generally off the Specials sections, were all
around £9, so Omar Khans is up there cost wise.However, value for money it certainly was – excellent.
stuffed to the gills, it was just a case of nodding off on the settee once
It was a
truly excellent dining experience. Very
swish environs, family friendly, and excellent food, makes Omar Khan’s top
draw. Omar Khan’s in Skipton may offer
THE best family Bradford Curry eating opportunity I have come across.