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Food and Think - Antony Bolter
Beast’s Crew is proud to present the first of many reviews of takeaway and
restaurant cuisine. Our opinions are just that – opinions. If you get food
poisoning as a result of any of our recommendations, take it up with the
establishment that sold it to you!
not agree with our spice advice, but we don’t really care about that. All
we want is a good time, with good food and twenty minutes on the loo the
following morning to relive the whole experience.
message to all Restaurateurs out there: If you want your establishment to
feature on this site, please email the Curry Crew. We guarantee a fair and
honest appraisal, especially if you are offering free chow! We would also
be keen to learn of any of you offering Cheese Naan and Cheese Pakoras on
your menus. We tried both in Goa and were hooked.
Date: 27 January 2004
Rawlin Public House
New Year everyone!!!
casualty at the start of this annus curribilis has been the planned trip to
the Railway in Nelson. Determined efforts to reduce the waistline mean that
we cannot test ourselves with their “Railway Rocket” belly stretcher. Never
mind – there are other delights awaiting us, I’m sure.
review brings in a departure to the established theme – not a curry in sight
last night, when we visited the Cwrt Rawlin pub with only our youngest in
tow (big brother was at the youth club). My only justification for
reporting is that my meal contained a fair amount of spice.
Rawlin is well known for the generous portions it offers. Indeed, several
meals on the menu are prefixed with the lovely word “mega” and this is fully
justified in some cases. Previous visits have been enjoyed by all the
family, with the pub’s combination of good service, friendly atmosphere and
space for the kids to run around. Add a large portion of tasty food and a
decent pint (Bankss beer) at a silly price and you get a good night out.
They also have a curry night (Wednesdays), which is OK and pretty good
value, but it’s not an Indian restaurant and you should remember that. A
sound rule of thumb whenever ordering curry in a pub is not to expect
authenticity or even the usual westernised version of “authentic”.
to last night’s fare. I ordered the mega chilli, hoping for a lovely
bucketful of spicy slop and a big mound of sticky boiled rice. What I got
was a pile of chips, rice and cheese covered potato wedges – with a tiny
bowl of chilli and a paper cup full of sour cream to dip them in. Don’t get
me wrong; it all tasted good and certainly filled me up, but it was more
mega chippy than mega chilli.
service was excellent again, and my daughter enjoyed her run around the
room, but we agreed that the food was a disappointment – my better half
ordered the chicken chasseur, which arrived partially burnt and was served
with vegetables that had had all the taste boiled out of them.
with the unfortunate conclusion that it will be a while before we return.
Next time, we shall go back to the excellent carvery in Whitchurch,
The review may well focus on my preferred techniques on how to pile your
plate full of food in an all you can eat environment. And of course, with
the abundance of veg on offer, it need not harm the diet. Oh, the joys...
greetings to all!!!
The family was
laid low with the lurgy over Christmas and my daughter’s Chicken Pox seemed
to deter all potential baby sitters for New Year’s Eve. So we decided to
cheer ourselves up with a blow out from Paradise! Just to make a change, we
phoned the order through and collected it. Ready in 20 minutes as promised
and a nice chat with the staff and management when I got there as well.
To blast away
the debris of too much turkey and ham in the belly, we ordered:
Omelettes and chips (for the kids)
fact that this was a very busy night for them, our meal achieved the top
banana rating again. I am really finding it difficult to criticise – the
food is creamy when needed (lovely Tarka Dall and ages since I had that) and
well spiced in the hotter dishes (a good zing to the Bhuna Special, which I
was not expecting to be that hot!).
me of a good tip I was given years ago: if you are struggling to decide what
to have, look at the Chef’s specials. These should be the dishes he/she
cooks the best so they should not disappoint.
to check out are the special offers. Paradise has several running at the
moment, including a free bottle of Coke with orders over £15 and a free
Chicken Tikka Masalla if you spend over £25. They also take 15% off your
bill if you collect. I must have gone wrong on New Years Eve though,
because I didn’t get any of this. Not to worry, I shall remind them when I
next visit, which will be to try out their offer of £14.95 for a meal for 2
Any 2 starters
Any 2 main
Any one side
Any 2 sundries
Any one Naan
Sounds good to
me! Have a great 2004 everyone.
Balti (Takeaway only)
to the Paradise Balti and another excellent meal delivered in after a hectic
day’s shopping in Cardiff. I think a word is needed in support of the milder
dishes. Too many people think that choice of curry reflects on status.
This is clearly bull and there is nothing wrong with a decent Korma now and
again. We are not all Jalfrezi or Phall types!
also worthwhile alternatives to the noble Korma – try a Passanda or Moglai,
if you like eggs. On the subject of eggs, Cambridgeshire has borne witness
to my eggy exploits in the past and I can heartily recommend the curry house
in Soham for a delicious starter using curried scrambled eggs on fried
bread. My favourite egg-based excess, however, belongs to the Raj Belash on
Hills Road in Cambridge. My main course consisted of Special Biryani (with
hard boiled eggs in it), sitting on an Egg Paratha, with a side order of two
fried eggs. Absolutely top class, although potentially explosive. That
night I slept alone…
back to last night, again the delivery was punctual and was hot. Our meal
Tandoori Mixed Grill (served
with a Plain Naan)
Lamb Tikka Biryani
this was to the standard expected of this fine establishment. But last
night, I was not as satisfied as I have been in the past. Two main reasons
for this – firstly the Prawn Puri was rather hot. I have no problem with
this in principle, but our main courses were not overpoweringly strong and
the starter tended to dominate my taste buds. A Prawn Bhuna on Puri may be
more appropriate for a starter.
I was rather bemused by what arrived with the Biryani. This was the first
time I have sampled a Biryani from the Paradise and I was a bit
disappointed. I am used to eating a decent vegetable curry with the rice
part of the dish, but there was no such thing on this occasion. Instead I
got a lurid red Masalla Sauce – with no veg in it! It tasted OK (I guess),
but as an accompaniment to the excellent rice and meat, it let the Paradise
down. I think a quiet word may be needed.
and the Paradise is still a winner in my book. Curry again tonight as the
policy of over-ordering always gives us a second night bonus meal! This
usually tastes better than the original and I trust that everyone engages in
this wholesome practice.
next month’s review – a departure from the norm. The Curry Beast is taking
the Crew to The Railway in Nelson to tackle the Railway Rocket, a prodigious
mixed grill. All those who complete the marathon will be awarded with a
t-shirt. Nuff said.
Date: 18 November 2003
Balti (Takeaway only)
We had a
meal delivered to the home to enjoy when the kids settled down a bit. We
have used this establishment in the past and were not disappointed. The
food arrived exactly on time (3/4 hour after the order was phoned through)
and was piping hot.
(Chicken in a rich sauce with minced lamb)
Keema Rice (rice
Keema Naan (to
describe would insult you)
We have no complaints regarding
any of the above. The Balti dish was quite hot and well seasoned/spiced,
but still allowed the more delicate flavours of the tandoor to come
through. The Masalla was very rich but quite mild and this balanced the
strength of the Balti. Keema Rice is an old favourite, as is Keema Naan and
the Saag adds a pleasant texture to the plate. Overall, the meal was
excellent and adds to the Paradise’s reputation.
criticism of the Paradise is the size of the menu. You may not find your
favourite dish on the menu, but this should encourage you to try what they
do have, which is usually top quality. However, I would like to see Paratha,
especially egg ones, represented.
see more reviews of food from the
Paradise in the coming months. The food is consistently good and the
delivery service is punctual.
The Stool Checker