As it was my birthday last weekend, I was treated to dinner at one of my favourite restaurants in Southampton – Coriander Lounge. I’d probably rate it as my second favourite Indian restaurant, after Jaipur in Ipswich.
The service is always fantastic at Coriander Lounge and the waiter quickly took my coat away and brought over the menus. The food is a mix of typically anglicised Indian restaurant fodder, mixed with some really delicious chef specials and street food inspired fishes.
As we drank our bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and tucked into our perfectly light and crispy poppadoms, we scoured the menu. I ordered tawa tikki to start – fried potato cakes on a bed of tamarind curried chickpeas. It was absolutely brilliant and really packed a punch. Tamarind is such an amazing flavour when cooked well! Mr Greedy ordered the mixed kebab – a combo of different spiced meats. There’s so much else to choose from though, and I know next time I have my eye on the aloo cheese tikki – balls of mash potato, Brie and spices with cashew nuts, all flavours that should work really well.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t take a photo of the starters as they looked so tasty we digged in straightaway!
For main course, I tend to order the same curry at Indian restaurants: chicken dhansak. Dhansak is commonly referred to as the Indian “Sunday dinner” – a hot and sweet Parsi dish cooked with lentils, and one of few curries traditionally served with rice. As mine already came with a portion of pilau rice, I ordered a side of Bombay aloo and garlic chilli naan. The Bombay aloo had a moorish tomatoey, yet spicy kick, and the naan is light and crispy unlike the typical soggy naan you get from a takeaway.
Coriander Lounge do not offer desserts but we really didn’t need them after so much delicious food. The restaurant offers a complimentary shot of Baileys over ice or sambucca at the end of your meal, and we both opted for a Baileys to sweeten the pallet.
I couldn’t recommend Coriander Lounge more – great service, lovely atmosphere and well priced drinks. Food is a little pricier than a typical Indian restaurant, but you definitely get the quality in exchange.