For me, if I’m in at the weekend, I love to order in a takeaway. As much as I love to cook, sometimes I love someone else’s cooking even more. So I was really pleased when an email landed in my inbox from the good folks over at Hungry House asking me for a conribution to their Curry Guide, to help them seek out Birmingham’s best Indian takeaway.
Now, Sutton Coldfield where I live isn’t exactly known for its multitude of Curry Houses, and it certainly isn’t anywhere near the famed Balti Triangle, but it does have some good quality Indian takeaways nearby. I logged on to Hungry House and had a look at the selection delivering to me, and we went for The Curry Pot in New Oscott.
I’d been given a £25 voucher so I ordered a veritable feast for myself and the other half, with 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 naans, rice, and even a cheeky dessert.
I had the chef’s special Curry Pot Deluxe, with mixed meat and king prawn in a bhuna sauce, with garlic naan, while Ste had lamb jalfrezi and a plain naan, and we split a mushroom pilau between us. We shared onion bhajis and chicken pakora for starters and got poppadoms, mint sauce and onion salad free.
The onion bhajis were very good, crispy, crunchy and tasty. I liked the pakoras too but the batter had gone a little soft by the time they arrived.
My Curry Pot Deluxe was lovely, with a good mixture of chicken, lamb and sheesh kebab, and a huge juicy king prawn hidden in there too. The sauce was flavoursome, with a hint of heat, and no greasiness at all. Ste’s jalfrezi was packed with onions and tomatoes, sprinkled with fresh coriander and looked really good too. The naans were fresh and had a lovely soft texture and we were both completely full before we could finish our plates, so good value for money too.
The kulfi came in a little pre-packaged cone which was very small, but in hindsight it was probably a good thing as the meal was so big!
My only criticism was that the meal took nearly an hour and half to deliver, but a credit to the restaurant, they emailed us to keep us updated on our delivery time rather than must leaving us waiting, and he explained that it was a particularly busy Saturday night. I also took it as a good sign, as it made me feel like they are actually cooking everything fresh rather than just microwaving it!
My verdict? Definitely worth trying if you like good, flavoursome food that’s not too hot or greasy, just be prepared to wait a while for it.
Thanks to hungryhouse.co.uk for my meal voucher
You can order takeaway online from The Curry Pot at hungryhouse.co.uk just using your postcode. You can find the curry guide here, including a cute little curry decider game to help you choose.