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Namaste

(Beastie Boys)

What’s the collective noun for Indian Restaurants?

Living, as I do, in a town that has five Indian and three Chinese restaurants/take-aways (plus four café’s, a Subway, a Maccy D’s, three kebab shops and a lone Thai) serving just four thousand homes, I am probably better qualified than most to propose one.

Clutch? Cluster? Google™ suggests ‘Sangh’ as a Hindi translation of ‘Cluster’, one blogger has suggested ‘a Dhansak’, or how about ‘a Madras of Curry Houses’?

Whatever the word is, there is certainly a cluster of Indian/Nepalese restaurants in West Didsbury, south of Manchester. To get to Didsbury, which in itself is a charming village that belies its proximity to Manchester, one either catches the Metrolink Tram, or takes a bus that runs the gauntlet of Rusholme’s ‘Curry Mile’. Now there’s a ‘Madras of Restaurants’  that puts even Brick Lane to shame!

In the past I have visited (and written about) ‘Great Kathmandu’ in Didsbury, and while I’ve visited ‘Nameste Nepal’ in the past I confess that I was remiss in not recording my visit, it’s time to correct that omission.

Nameste Nepal, Didsbury - from Tolfalas.com

Namaste Nepal was founded in 2005, by a former member of the ‘Great Kathmandu’ team, and has been refurbished and re-launched over the years, the most recent being late 2011. The current incarnation has Asian prints on the wall, a touch classier than the classic classic flock wallpaper.

I stumbled across a ‘Living Social’ deal that offered two course, plus a drink, for two people, for just twenty one pounds. A pretty good deal, I thought; that pricing competes with Manchester city centre ‘curry caffs’ while offering a more up-market dining experience.

The deal included a papadom each and a pint of draught Kingfisher lager, a choice of main course, rice or naan bread. The staff were fine with us having the deal voucher and had a pre-printed menu that clearly stated the options available.

We munched the pappadoms while we reviewed the restaurants’s extensive menu.

We both started with the Tandoori Lamb chops, tender, tasty and juicy – had we any naan bread we would have mopped up the juices on the serving tray. For main courses we ordered Lamb Khorsani – chunks of lamb in a Chilli and Ginger sauce – and the Dil-Khush Masala – a Chicken Breast, stuffed with minced Lamb and then cooked in a creamy Cashew and Tomato sauce – delicious!

 Dil-Khush Masala and Lamb Khorsani - from Tolfalas.com

A side order of Pilau Rice and a naan bread and I confess we were beaten, there was certainly no skimping on portion sizes. My guest was able to take a ‘doggy bag’ of Chicken and Lamb home with him.

Okay, so we ordered a few more beers – including a Nepalese brew that I’d never tried before – so spent rather more than the basic voucher price, but even so, we enjoyed a tasty and enjoyable meal.

Nepalese Beer - at Tolfalas.com

Voucher or not, we’ll be back.

Rating: ★★★★★ Probably one of Manchester’s finest.

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