The Curry House, Brislington
The Curry HouseThe Curry House on the Bath Road is something of a Bristol institution having been there for over twenty five years and is still run by the second generation of the same family; in fact one of the brothers was even born in the flat above the restaurant! They take a pride in carrying on the tradition their father began of bringing good Indian cooking to the people and convincing them not be afraid to try different dishes.

To start we ordered mixed kebabs to share, followed by tandoori mixed grill served with garlic nann bread, and chicken badhonia which is chicken cooked with butter beans and fresh coriander in a thick medium sauce. All the main dishes include nann bread or rice within the price, and we also took the waiter’s friendly recommendation of a side dish of sag paneer, spinach and cheese.

The restaurant has had a recent makeover and is nicely minimal with light wood furniture and tables; we sat by the window and indulged in ice cold Kingfisher beers with poppadums and the pickle tray before we settled down to the starter, which was very good, particularly the shami kebab which is a flat patty made of minced lamb with garlic and ginger roots, seasoned with herbs and fried in ghee.

The main courses were nicely presented; the mixed grill with chicken tikka, lamb tikka and sheek kebabs, together with three or four pieces of nann bread and garnished with salad could definitely have fed two (but it didn’t!) and my chicken badhonia was delicious, full of fragrant coriander in a lovely thick sauce. Afterwards with some gentle persuasion we tried a trio of Indian desserts and my favourite was "ras malai" dumplings made from cottage cheese, soaked in sweetened and thickened milk, flavoured with cardamom and served chilled.

The service was very friendly and attentive and although we couldn’t eat another thing we stayed chatting to one of the brothers and got the benefit of his experience on all types of Indian food before we took our leave. The Curry House has a thriving takeaway business too, and a wide delivery area across the city so even if you don’t want to go out you can still have a lovely Indian meal at a reasonable price in the comfort of your own home.

Jacquie Vowles (Whats on Bristol) www.whatsonbristol.co.uk
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