Indique, West Didsbury Manchester, January 2018

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The Indian food pilgrimages continue aplenty. With another weekend in Manchester in the offing, thanks to the Hilton sale, some research on the best rated restaurants led us to West Didsbury, for a night in the leafy Manchester suburbs.

Based on bohemian Burton Road, just past the tram stop, the restaurant is a bright space with a warm welcome. Friday night on payday weekend, and it was a good job we booked. There were not a lot of empty tables.

The menu perused we were brought some poppadom curls with the usual accompaniments as an amuse bouche. For starters we chose the Onion Dall Bhaji, always a good marker for the food. Also the Chilli Paneer. I was attracted to this as one of my favourite Indian dishes ever is served Chinese style at Madhus in West London.

Both dishes were immaculately presented. The paneer accompanied by tamarind and mint & coriander and the delicious and rich bhajis also with tamarind sauce. Paneer was hot and fresh, whilst the bhajis were incredibly satisfying. Game on!

I had read about the excellent Lamb dishes at Indique and the menu had a good selection. Smoky Lal Maas Pitika appealed as I’ve never eaten anything but amazing Lamb chops in good restaurants. The unveiling of the dish warranted a first on the blog. I give you our first video….

Mrs FS opted for Chicken Tikka Makhni and we agreed on Dal Makhani and Kalonji Baingan an aubergine dish to help with the 5 a day. A chilli garlic naan was going to be required for the daal. So how was it?

All good! Some excellent! The smoky lamb was tender and there were four chops full of it. The tomato sauce was rich and had a nice chilli undertone. The Chicken dish was solid without being spectacular with a creamy finish. Both vegetable dishes were full of flavour but the richness of the daal, which is simmered for hours really stole the vegetable show with its naan friend.

Empty plates testified to how good the food was. The unthinkable happened next. I ordered a dessert. Unlike the usual frozen stuff in Indian restaurants Indique have an intriguing list and I couldn’t resist the Gajar Halwa. Again presented beautifully, the carrot was delicious and the accompanying nuts, fruit and coulis gave this traditional dish a refreshing lift. It was probably the nicest dessert I’ve ever had in an Indian restaurant.

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We had one of those meals you don’t really want to end. Accompanied by a reasonable NZ Sauvignon and a very pleasant evening was had in West Didsbury at Indique. I would return in a flash and suggest you give them a try. But maybe book ahead.

Highly Recommended.

16/20

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