Now, I like Manchester, and there are many a good curry house lurking, but one of the best aspects of Manchester is that, to get to my house at least, you have to drive through Bradford - So, Bradford it was. The Mrs decided she'd quite like to go to Zouk, and we hadn't been for a while, so I was happy to oblige.
|Mrs Bradford Curry Blogger|
Once sat, we perused the menus - both starving, we decided on full mashings of poppadoms, a starter each and mains! The specials board caught my eye - a nice touch at Zouk - and my main of Kali Mirch Ka Myth was selected from here, and promised chicken in thick punjabi pepper sauce - sounded good. I decided on something a little different for my started also, and went for the scallops. Lynda went for a mixed grill and Lamb Sultani which, it turned out, was very similar to a Nihari.
|Scallops in foreground with Mixed Grill to rear|
|Kali Mirch Ka Myth|
The Kali Mirch Ka Myth main I ordered sounded totally alien in title, but offered a familiar description with 'Punjabi', 'thick' and 'pepper' jumping from the synopsis, and getting me all a little excited. However, I have to honest and say the dish didn't really deliver on it's promise! Although I hate to say it, I found the dish very bland and a bit soupy! It was more like pie filling in taste than curry. On occasion a fragrant pepper corn was happened upon, which added some interest to the proceeding, but other than that it was a pretty uninspiring trudge from the first mouthful to the last. It is not often I am negative about a Bradford Curry, but I am finding any positives difficult to find.
Lynda's Sultani was a far superior main and, although I didn't get to eat much of it, there was bags more firey flavor in evidence, and I must admit to being a touch jealous.
So all in all, exquisite sea food starter, followed but indifferent main course. As in the past, Zouk is an excellent dining experience, and is still something different to a lot of Bradford Curry establishment, but its strengths seem to remain firmly in the grill department - which is no bad thing I suppose.
*I'm not a Doctor - and the use of beer and curry as recovery fluid and food after extreme exercise is at the individuals own risk :-)