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Imagine our dismay at local favourite Indian restaurant Sitara closing its doors? Well hot on its heels was the opening of Rupsha – a South Asian Restaurant, painted in a bright aqua marine colour – it beats the orange to be honest!
It has not been open for long but Sunday night called for our initiation. The menu is manageable, the usual starters and Tandoor, plus house specialities all priced at £7.95 including rice (something that always sends warning signals for me), as well as ‘traditional dishes’ such as Korma, Bhuna etc, all at £5.95.
Rather ashamedly after a heavy weekend we were both feeling pretty unadventurous and went for our usual. Sometimes this is the best test for a new curry place – how well they do your favourite. So J ordered a CTM – Chicken Tikka Massala, which came with Pilau rice for £7.95, while I went for a chicken Tikka starter with a side of Tarka Daal – boring I know but delish! We also went for a Peshwari Naan and a couple of poppadums. With a 20% discount for take away, the bill came to just over £14 – bargain.
We waited a little while, but I would prefer that as I am always skeptical when food is brought out 5 minutes after you have ordered – plus they gave us complimentary drinks while we waited!
So, down to the real test. The poppadums weren’t too greasy, while the mint sauce had a refreshing kick to it – an essential way to start a curry if you ask me! Next the chicken – too often now you get chicken that has obviously been pumped full of water, well I am delighted to say this wasn’t! The chicken Tikka was a nice shade of red (not radioactive looking), the flavour was spot on and the meet was moist but definitely not pumped full of water.
The Tarka Dahl is always the test for me – and they passed with flying colours – a thin consistancy is a must – sloppy gloopy dahl is the worst. The buttery taste of the Ghee was perfectly balanced with the rich deep garlic – boy I love that dish. Meawhile the rice, coloured with Saffron was perfectly cooked, and the Tikka Massala better than Sitara’s.
All in all an excellent way to end the weekend and a more than welcome addition to our list of local curry houses. Well worth a try. Students watch out for their 2 4 1 on main courses on Wednesday nights when you eat in or Banquet night is Thursdays with 3 courses and wine for a bargainous £9.95! Don’t be put off by the offers – this is a clever curry house, they know how to cook and work marketing to their advantage!