RESTAURANT REVIEW: Tandoori Nights, Whalley Road, Clitheroe

NEW RESTAURANT: Tandoori Nights ticks all the right boxes.
NEW RESTAURANT: Tandoori Nights ticks all the right boxes.

I HAVE grown up eating the finest Indian cuisine - be it at home or at a restaurant in Manchester or Bradford. And I admit that my mum’s cooking is without a doubt my favourite of all foods - especially the mouth-watering spinach and lamb curry that she makes. So when I, along with my two colleagues, Julie Magee and Sharren Fitzpatrick, were invited to a meal at the newly-opened Tandoori Nights, in Clitheroe, we couldn’t wait to tuck into the food on offer.

We dined at the restaurant in Whalley Road on Friday evening and on arrival were immediately impressed by the interior makeover of the restaurant. We were welcomed by new owner Rebel Miah, who together with his head chef, have 35 years’ experience in the catering trade. Their aim is to make sure the standard of food is the highest they can achieve.

When it came to deciding what to have for starters, we were all spoilt for choice. The new menu offers a wide range of choices to tickle the taste buds of most diners. We therefore decided to try a mix of items and went for the poppadoms, which came accompanied with a huge pallet of various chutneys/sauces (mango chutney, pickles, spicy mango, mint sauce and finely chopped onion salad). Also for starters we had meat samosas (a popular favourite), chicken tikka and sheesh kebab. The pastry for the samosa was light and crispy and the filling delicious.

When it came to choosing the main meal, Rebel insisted we tried a range of dishes in order to experience the true taste of Indian cooking. The curries were diverse and we appreciated being asked how spicy we wanted our main meal to be.

We decided to order the traditional lamb tikka saag (spinach and lamb curry), tandoori nights special (a mix of roasted chicken, kebabs, lamb chops), tarka daal, traditional Indian salad, plain and garlic naan, pilau rice, chapatti and a new dish - chicken balti zafrani, which consisted of small chicken pieces cooked in a healthy tomato and peppers paste.

Considering the amount of food presented, all the dishes were cooked to a high standard with flavours fresh and delicious. Rebel explained how their ingredients and preparation is top-notch, with constant effort made to showcase individual flavours. “The chefs make an extra effort to prepare the finest Indian food bearing in mind the different spices to bring out the flavours. The produce is fresh and mainly sourced locally.”

The memorable feast was enough to serve 10 people and the best thing was that we didn’t feel the heaviness of Indian food. The lamb in the saag was so soft and cooked to perfection that it melted in our mouths and the garlic naan was soft and light too - the best we’ve ever had.

All in all, we were truly impressed with the authentic Indian food, ambiance and cuisine. Rebel and his team of professional and friendly staff were extremely attentive with the service being excellent and the prices very fair.

Parking is free at the car park next to Tandoori Nights after 6 p.m. making this new restaurant a great choice for a family meal out.

Once word gets out about Tandoori Night’s excellent menu, I fear the locals may not be able to get a seat - it’s simply that good!

Tandoori Nights is located at 35-39 Whalley Road, Clitheroe, BB7 1EE. For more information log on to www.tandoori-nights.com