Sunday, 9 September 2012

Nottingham's top 5 curry houses (updated)

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I don't usually write food reviews, but was thinking lately about how many good curry restaurants there are in Nottingham. The street I live on has at least five curry-houses on it alone, and whilst Nottingham may not quite rival places like Birmingham or Bradford for choice, I thought it may be handy for anyone visiting the city to know which restaurant is best. So here is my list! (Note: I usually order the same dish in each, the saag aloo paneer, so it's a pretty fair test! Yum..)

Perhaps the most renowned curry place in Nottingham, this Michelin-starred restaurant lies in a slightly unglamorous location on Derby Road.

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Service ★ (perhaps a little too attentive even!)
Price ££££

Kayal, based in Hockley, specialises in South Indian cuisine, and has an amazing choice of food on offer. If in doubt you can order a platter of smaller dishes to try.

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When it first opened up at its venue in Sneinton I was a little worried when I passed by, as no-one seemed to be visiting. Since then, Desi Downtown has grown phenomenally by word-of mouth, probably making it the most popular restaurant amongst my friends (and certainly the majority of my old workmates!) Definitely make sure to book ahead.

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Venue ★ (there is a shisha lounge too outside)
Service ★ (usually good but sometimes suffers when it gets busy!)
Price £ (good value!)

We recently visited Cumin, one of Nottingham's newer curry venues and were most impressed! We sat upstairs which was pleasant and the restaurant was nice and quiet. I couldn't fault the food, and you even get a free bangle after you've paid up! Another reason to keep going back...

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4550 Miles from Delhi

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6 comments

  1. This is really useful, thanks! My boyfriend & I have only lived in Nottingham a few months so we are still trying to find the good restaurants. I expect we will try one of these! :)

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    1. Hurrah! Yes Desi and Kayal are probably top of my list, Cumin is great too! Have you seen the Nottingham guide i wrote for Design Sponge a while back, a few more recommendations on there: http://www.designsponge.com/2011/02/nottingham-design-guide.html

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    2. Ooh great, thanks for the link! :)

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  2. Big Desi Downtown fan - it really doesn't look like it will be much from the outside, but the food is great - worth a visit for the peshwari naan (drizzled with honey) if nothing else!

    Also love Kayal, but have only been to the Leicester Memsaab

    Will have to try out the other two!

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    1. Glad to have found another Desi Downtown fan! The Peshwari naan is indeed yummy! x

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  3. Love desi downton - so cheap and tasty! Kayal also brilliant. Must try memsaab some day....

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