Popped into the Blue Elephant on Tuesday for a quite meal with my husband. We chose the Tuesday as they do a '£9.95 banquet' on that evening - four courses for £9.99!!! This doesn't include extras like side dishes and drinks, but still a fantastic deal. We've been to the Blue Elephant many times over the past couple of years and, rest assured, the food on the £9.95 banquet nights is as good as on any other night. Considering the price, there is a good range of dishes available - plenty of choices for starters, mains and desserts.
We started with poppadoms - the Blue Elephant do a chutney that I've never seen anywhere before. It's apple based with a hot sauce and the combination of sweet apple and chilli is a treat for the tastebuds.
We both decided on vegetarian samosas as a starter - two good sized samosas with a salad. For our main meal I chose garlic chicken tikka tawa - tender chicken tikka pieces with onions and garlic slices in a spicy sauce which is not so hot that your tongue goes numb, but very tasty as you can actually taste the different spices and herbs that have been combined to make the sauce. My husband had chicken tikka massala which he said was superb. Try to be a bit adventurous with your rice here - I had the vegetable rice and my husband had the mushroom rice - there are quite a few choices, and all that we've tried have been delicious. We also had Bombay potatoes, which were, like the rest of our meal, perfectly cooked and beautifully spicy without being over hot.
We also decided to have a dessert - coconut ice cream for me and strawberry ice cream for him. I know these are not traditional Indian dishes, but they tasted gorgeous!
We've had takeaways from here as well - all cooked to the same very high standard with very fresh ingredients.
Also, the restaurant caters for children - and they seem to be very adventurous in their choice of meals here.
Definitely worth a visit - if you want to go on a Tuesday I would suggest phoning in advance and booking a table as, understandably, the restaurant can be busy.
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