Wanting to try something different we ventured to Dowlais, as we’d been previously unimpressed by the Indian Restaurants in Merthyr Town Centre. The restaurant itself is stylish, warm and inviting. We received a warm welcome, and were asked to wait a few moments while a window table was prepared. Drinks are reasonably priced, and the chutney tray was very good -freshly chopped onion salad and actual bits of mango in the chutney! As I’m vegetarian and my partner is vegan, we went for a vegetarian thali and a ‘samba’ to share. The breads were excellent -fluffy, delicious naan and a perfectly-done chaphati. The other curry dishes themselves were the weak point -some good flavours, but marred by use of frozen/ tinned vegetables. These become especially apparent when there is no meat in the dish to be the ‘star’ ingredient. Service was courteous and efficient, but the tables were extremely sticky - meaning lifting a glass/ dish off the table required careful negotiation to avoid a face-full of beer/ curry. The bill was just under £34 for two of us, which included one large Kingfisher and two large glasses of wine. So, a decent option with nearby parking if you want to try somewhere different, but be aware that the food is likely to be mediocre (with the exception of the breads).
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