Great North Road, Woodlands, Doncaster

Visited: Sunday, 6 May 2001, 9.00pm

Review by Phil Coates

Category Marks
Food 8/10
Service 7/10
Value 5/10

This is easily one of the best restaurants in our region, and, but for a few weaknesses, might have merited a five-star rating.

Something other restaurants could well emulate is the provision of fifty percent non-smoking tables.

A popadom each and a tray of three sauces was complementary. The seekh kebabs were very good and quite spicy. The vegetable samosas, on the other hand were below average - a feeble filling in a papery batter. In both cases the amount of salad could have been more generous, though the yoghurt sauce was spicy and not too sweet. (The humble Gulshan could give this mighty establishment, and everyone else, lessons in salad and sauce.)

We tried a range of breads. They come wrapped in a hot cloth, a nice touch which keeps them warm. The breads themselves were fine, but nothing to write home about - the standard nan being particularly small and thin. The chapattis are quite large and, if sticking to these, two per person might be enough.

Both main dishes came fairly hot without special instructions; they were also light in oil (the firm's stated policy). The standout was the chicken dahi, which is flavoured with corriander and yoghurt. The chicken dopiaza was a good curry, but lacked the onions to distinguish itself. Both dishes contained a generous quantity of chicken but were rather light on vegetables and sauce. If sharing, it would probably be worth making one of the dishes a vegetable dish to make up for this.

JD had rasmalai and it was probably the best he has ever had - and the most expensive.

Dish Price (£) Marks Consumer
chicken dahi 4.50 9/10 Phil C
chicken dahi 4.50 8/10 Jeff D
chicken dopiaza 4.50 7/10 Phil C
chicken dopiaza 4.50 6/10 Jeff D

seekh kebabs (2) 2.30, vegetable samosas (2) 1.90, chapatti 40p, roti 80p, plain nan 1.50, rasmalai £2.35.