I AM a firm believer in curries having decent flavour without having to blow your head off.
And when I tucked into my prawn almere at Tynemouth’s seafront Plaza Tandoori, I couldn’t have been more delighted.
I’m fast becoming a regular at the vast restaurant, and wanted to test out the new Sabash menu on a Thursday and Sunday night, so took my other half for an anniversary treat.
Manager Dud (pronounced Dude), was as enthusiastic and helpful as ever as we escaped the brisk north easterly wind for a warm and cosy seat in the restaurant.
For just £10.95 a head, the extensive Sabash menu gives you a choice of starter, a main meal, rice, a side dish and a naan bread.
The main course selection boasts hot, medium and mild curry dishes, with a choice of chicken, lamb, prawn and vegetable – and it’s a menu where no one could be disappointed.
To start with I opted for chicken tikka and my other half stuck with his trusty old faithful, the onion bhaji – both were as delicious as ever and consumed in a matter of moments.
For the main courses I opted for the incredible prawn almere which was completely divine. The prawns were so meaty the fish-fearing other half even braved a taste of one and wasn’t repulsed, and the sauce – made from mango pulp – was creamy and delicious and absolutely full of flavour.
The other half chose chicken jalfrezi, which I am assured was every bit as delicious as my prawns.
The choice on offer is amazing – there is balti, madras, achori, masala – everything you could wish for and more.
For the side dish we opted for a sag aloo and a bombay aloo, and I had a mushroom pilau and my partner went for the onion pilau.
On top of that, which is already enough to make your sides burst, you get the choice of naan bread so we chose garlic naan and a peshwari naan.
The Sabash menu offers absolutely great value for money and truly delicious food.
We have been coming to see Dud and his team for years and the food keeps getting better each time.
Plaza Tandoori is just what you want from a restaurant – the staff are polite, friendly, and comic, but most importantly they seem genuinely interested in their customers.
The food was delicious, and there was a great, relaxed atmosphere, and as the other half so delicately put it there’s even Indian music quietly playing in the background to make you feel really transported to the far east.
For bookings call Dud on (0191) 257 4344.