March 1, 2010

People often cite Leicester as a place that must have great Indian restaurants.  Actually nowhere in the UK is very far from an OK  curry house and many of Leicester’s  curry houses are not that  different to those OK places you can find anywhere. But where Leicester is very strong is in the quick and cheap home style places – the dhabas.  Paddy’s dhaba in the Martin Arms is a pretty rough and ready place but regularly has smart cars lined up outside as successful types come back to their roots in search of simple pleasures. Star Vashnu dhaba on Narborough Road offers tremedously cheap and tasty vegetarian food  with Punjabi twist (see menu here). Rob and I heard the call of Star Vashnu tonight but forgot it’s closed on a Monday. Fortunately you don’t have to travel far to find something comparable. We crossed the road to Mithaas (103 Narborough Road) and had a proper little feast for well under £10 for two. Thali

Rob’s thali had two tasty curries, dhal, slightly greasy but perfectly fresh poppadum, good plain rice, three fine chappatis, bhaji and some chocolate barfi to finish it off.  My special chaat was a tangy and spicy collection of bhaji, samosa and sev doused in yoghurt and tamarind sauce. It’s not exactly the most atmospheric of places, but it’s clean with pleasant staff and offers the kind of tasty, cheap food that is one of  the definite plus points about living in Leicester.


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