Chicken Chaat on a Puree.....
Please join me in a celebration of everything curry, from the Curry Capital of Britain 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 - Bradford.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
International with Hector
‘Fancy the International on Saturday at noon say?’ The
text read.I paraphrase.
It was Hector Curry Heute from Glasgow – long time
internet friend but, up to now, never a friend of the flesh… if you pardon the
expression!Hector was on a flying visit
through Bradford en-route to Rotherham for a rock festival.He simply couldn’t bypass Bradford without
popping in for a curry or two. Me being a longtime
fan of his web page and enthusiasm for everything curry, it was going to be an opportunity
not to be missed – and at the International too… I knew he was a gentleman of style and taste.So, after ironing out a few details, the date
Being a shy and retiring type of guy, meetings such
as this would usually make me slightly nervous.Not with Hector though.Having
read his webpage at length, I sensed a familiarity that set me at ease.I amassed some family to join us too, but
strangely no members of the Curry Club?They clearly were unaware of whom we were to be dining with.Or perhaps it was a little short notice?
Twelve noon struck, and the curry mobile pulled up
outside the International.Hector was
already seated at a large table in the window, and popadoms and pickles were in
place.Hellos were exchanged.What, a Scottish accent?I don’t know why I was so surprised – I knew
he was Scottish.It was just that, in my
head at least, from only ever reading Hector’s words, he had a Yorkshire
Talked moved along to Bradford and Glasgow curry –
both loves of both of us, and the waiter took our orders and sent them to the
kitchen.Hector baggsed the Lamb Methi,
so I opted for Lamb Achari.I had an excellent
Achari on my last visit, so was keen to give it another go.Nobody had a starter and all, except me, went
for chapattis.I had a naan.All, of course, are included in the price.
What’s going on Hector?Taking notes and photos already?What a pro. I feel I need to up the ante.
My general thoughts of the Achari were that it wasn’t
quite up to the International’s usual high standards.My dish was a little oily, and the meat was a
little grisly.If cooked for longer the
meat would probably have cooked out.The
taste was there, but just not quite as lip smackingly sharp as an Achari
perhaps should be.I understand Hector
was also of the opinion that his Methi was not quite there.However, the food served at International is
so good, that even with our little moans, the curry is still head and shoulders
above many other establishments in town/country/World even, and should not for
one minute put you off.Our views were
not representative of the rest of the table either.Both Big Tone, and the Mrs John the Bradford Curry
Blooger Lynda, thought there dishes were excellent.And indeed Lynda’s was.The rather theatrical copper bucketed Lamb
Balti was as per usual Bradford Curry at the International.Izzy enjoyed her chips too?Chips!I know - don’t get me started!
So there we go – another great trip to the
International and it was great to meet Hector.Next time Glasgow…