The Companion in Life is away for a few days – in Italy on the razz with workmates. So, what to do on this first night? Should I cook, or go out. It’s the quintessential dichotomy (which is easy for me to say). I went out.
I’ve “gone off” Rusholme’s “Curry Mile”. Apart from some interesting shops and the very excellent Jaffa, it’s all a bit sleazy. More to the point, the restaurants just don’t grab me as they once did – there’s far better sub-continental offerings round the city these days. And the Rusholme offerings are all pretty much of muchness. However, recent mention on the board of the Punjab Tandoori reminded me that I used to quite like it there. So off I went.
For somewhere that’s called the Punjab – and makes a feature of Punjabi vegetarian dishes, there’s a lot from South India. As mentioned on the recent thread, it’s the only place around that serves dosas, and I had intended to start with one. But I saw one being served and just couldn’t face something that was large enough to have served as a two man tent.
So, a starter of bhel puri – something new to me. Crunch coming from the puffed rice, some bits of fried puri and bits of what I can best describe as Bombay Mix. In amongst this were spuds, chickpeas, garlic and chilli. Coriander leaf there as well. And a hint of sweetness. Nice – very nice.
I then had a small portion of aloo gobi. Good mix of spuds and cauli. Almost dry but tomato adding a little moistness. Nice spicing with coriander and cumin standing out. A “full portion” also of what was described as a vegetable kofta – made from pumpkin and spiced with garam masala (no single flavour predominant). Disappointingly, the sauce was the usual restaurant red gloop, although more garam masala had been added to perk it up a bit. A couple of good roti helped it all down.
Meal, with a soft drink = £15.40. I was happy with the price. I was happy with the meal – not least as I am not normally a very willing vegetarian.
I was also happy that there’s somewhere else I can recommend on the “Mile”, alongside Jaffa. Two out forty is not good. Can anyone else add anywhere else?