Hakim's



203 London Rd, Sheffield S2 4LJ, Tel 0114 2550468

Visited: Sunday, 1 April 2001, 8.30pm

Review by Phil Coates

Category Marks
Food 7/10
Service 8/10
Value 9/10*

There is something wrong with this restaurant. Following external inspection, entering and sitting down, taking in the usual faux-sumptuous interior and minimal occupants, and for a good while after that, nothing would lead you to suspect anything other than a standard SYIR.

The starters were average, generally underspiced, especially the onion bhaji, the yoghurt sauce ludicrously sweet. The breads were okay, a good average, with the nan spoiled by being noticeably sweet.

It was all going to plan until the main dishes arrived. These days we invariably order them apna style, easy on the ghee, which will do the trick if anything will. What arrived was simply excellent. Of course, I can't promise that you will always get what we got - large tender chunks of succulent chicken in deeply flavoursome sauces, all sizzling hot. The dopiaza really did have onions; the bhuna really did have tomatoes. It is times like these that make it all worthwhile.

Curry on!

Dish Price (£) Marks Consumer
Chicken Bhuna 4.50 9/10 Jeff D/Phil C
Chicken Dopiaza free (priced 4.50) 9/10 Jeff D/Phil C

onion bhaji (2) £1.50, samosa (2) £1.60, chapatti 50p, plain nan £1.40

* mark for value reflects Sunday special offer, otherwise 7/10.