There really is nothing better than the rich and aromatic flavours of a delicious Indian meal at this dreary time of year.
With the cuisine of the South Asian country being a firm favourite of us Brits for many decades, I’m sure many people will relate when I talk about getting those cravings that only a cheese naan fresh out the oven and a curry with a kick would satisfy.
Well, on a wet and windy Monday night, my partner and I just happened to be craving the very same cuisine – a rarity in itself – so ended up trawling Google to find a highly-rated Indian restaurant in the area to try.
Before we knew it, we’d made the 20-minute journey to none other than the Desi Kitchen & Grill on Pelham Road in Immingham. It was a bit further afield than other choices in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, but we both wanted to try somewhere we’d never been to before.
As soon as we stepped inside, we were greeted by the friendly waiter and shown to our table. The restaurant was lovely inside, with modern, pleasant décor and furnishings and an inviting atmosphere.
We ordered our drinks within a couple of minutes and they were brought straight away, and after a long browse of the menu, we were ready to order. To start with, we ordered four poppadoms and a pickle tray, which came with mango chutney, a masala-style dip and a hotter dip with more of a kick, as well as finely chopped onions and cucumber. These all tasted amazing, and were perfect for satisfying our hunger while we waited for our starters and mains.
For starters, we both went for the Onion Bhaji, which came as four onion bhajis on a small plate with a side salad and a generous scattering of coriander on top. I have found with other Indian meals that onion bhajis can often be a bit on the oily side, but these were absolutely perfect – not too dry and not too oily, and they tasted absolutely divine.
Every time I go for an Indian, it’s always the same story – I scan the menu for ages looking for a new dish to try, but always end up settling for either a Korma or Pasanda. Typical, I know, considering they’re literally the mildest dishes on the menu – but they’re just so tasty.
So, me being me, I went for the Chicken Tikka Pasanda – described on the menu as being cooked with fresh cream, almonds and coconut – with boiled rice on the side and a cheese naan bread. My partner opted for the Korai Mixed Grill, which incorporated chicken tikka, lamb tikka, tandoori chicken, sheek kebab, onions, green peppers and fresh garlic.
I always aim to be as honest as possible in my reviews, and I can’t fault either of these dishes at all. Both were absolutely delicious. The creaminess of the Pasanda sauce was perfectly complemented by the tender chicken, and each component of the Mixed Grill was packed full of flavour and spice, which for us, wasn’t too overpowering and was just right.
I was so full that I had to ask the waiter if I could take my leftovers home in a box, which he was more than happy to do. I wouldn’t have liked to have seen all that delish food go to waste, after all.
The meal at Desi Kitchen & Grill in Immingham was without a doubt the best Indian food I’ve eaten in a long time. The restaurant itself was lovely inside and the waiter couldn’t have done enough for us – it was true service with a smile from beginning to end.
Price-wise, the food mentioned above and two rounds of drinks came to just under £60. Indian food can often be quite expensive, so I didn’t think this was too bad. So, if you’re after a new spot to eat some bangin’ Indian food, I’d recommend this place without question.