11th June 2016 7.30pm
I visited Passage to India with a friend on her recommendation. I often don’t go to the strip of restaurants opposite the Playhouse as they can be busy due to pre-theatre traffic but we went a little later to avoid most of this. From the outside the restaurant looks tiny but it is a narrow, long dining space so there is plenty of room inside. I was delighted to see that chicken balti was on the menu so I couldn’t resist ordering it as it harked back to my university days when I first discovered curry. For my starter I ordered lamb chops. My dining companion for the evening went for hariyali chicken as a starter and chicken biriyani as a main. We couldn’t resist getting poppadoms and a pickle tray too.We happily munched our way through the poppadoms whilst we waited for our starters. They were just as moreish as expected. Both of our starters looked yummy upon arrival. The lamb was beautifully spiced and the meat was nice and tender. The chicken on the other side of the table was beautifully fresh and fragrant. My friend offered me a little taste and it’s certainly something I might order next time. A pleasing course for both of us
We didn’t have to wait too long for the mains but we were asked whether we wanted a break between the starters and the mains which was nice but we were keen to get our chops round some curry. My chicken balti arrived in the traditional balti dish and I also ordered a garlic naan which was a generous but not over-facing size. The biriyani on the other side of the table also looked impressive with its mound of rice. We both thoroughly enjoyed our mains. My curry had plenty of flavour and the vegetables added a good mix of flavour and texture. The biryani was polished off completely however I struggled to finish my curry but I think that was because I ate too many poppadoms .
We both really enjoyed our visit to Passage to India and I’m sure I’ll be visiting again in the not too distant future.
Food – 8/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 34/40
Would I eat here again? Yum – yes!
Cost £48 for poppadoms and pickle tray, two starters and mains, a garlic naan, two large glasses of wine and a Malibu and coke