As the search continues for a top curry house, we made a repeat visit to EastZEast in Preston, a cavernous place which is part of chain that started in Portland Street in Manchester, and quickly established itself way ahead of anything you could get on the curry mile in Rusholme. Unheard of in the City Centre at the time!
I have since eaten at their other restaurant in Manchester and their Liverpool branch. All have been consistent and as this is Punjabi food, I find it much more flavoursome than the usual Bangladeshi fayre that is often passed off as “Indian.”
However, this was to be a bit of an off night for the Preston branch. On a previous visit the restaurant was quiet and the food top notch. Tonight, the restaurant was packed – some kind of UCLAN even was going on and we were sat in the top part of the restaurant near the door. With tickets for the Guild Hall we were in a rush and had banked on being able to park on the restaurant car park – forget that – if you ever find it let me know. Even the directions from the staff were unfathomable.
I went for my usual chicken with minced lamb dish, my wife choosing Chicken Tikka and we had a vegetable side and a naan bread. If you haven’t been to EastZEast before the breads are universally excellent, as was the case here. The large family size ones they serve on the stands are great for sharing and huge.
Tonight the food was good but not as good as previously, hardly surprising given the kitchen was in banquet mode. The food took quite a while and lacked the depth of flavour experienced previously. However, I still think this is the best and nearest Indian restaurant we have as Fylde residents, with Imli in St Anne’s a close second.
14/20 – my go to Indian near Lytham.