(Joni Mitchell) – Blue Chutney, Wickford
The ladies were having another of their regular Thursday night soirees, so my mate John and I were up for a curry, part of our ongoing exploration of local curry houses.
I’d driven past ‘Blue Chutney’ on The Broadway, Wickford a few times, so thought it was worth investigating.
We arrived at about 7:15 on a blustery Thursday evening, storm Doris had just blown through, there was nobody else in.
We were greeted warmly, shown to our table and presented with menus. I’d spotted an offer on their website offering a Sunday to Thursday Night offer of ‘all you can eat’ Starter, Main Course, Side Dish, Sundries & Coffee for just £12.95 (King Prawn, Duck and Salmon dishes at a £3.50 supplement).
I questioned this and they brought the special menu over.
We both ordered the Chicken Chat on Puree starter, which was delicious, the puree was freshly cooked but not greasy, the chicken full of flavour and well spiced.
For mains, John ordered Chicken Jalfreizi while I went for my usual – Chicken Biryani with the accompanying vegetable curry spiced to Madras heat. John ordered a side of rice, and we ordered a Peshwari Naan and Saag Bhaji side dishes.
John said that he enjoyed his Jalfreizi, and my Biryani was delicious, reminding me of the ‘dirty’ Biryanis I’d enjoyed at Hunters in Manchester, that’s no bad thing.
The accompanying Vegetable curry was cooked, as requested, to Madras heat, well spiced but not overly so, very tasty.
The Saag Bhaji was well cooked, not watery as I’ve seen elsewhere, while the Peshawari Naan was both light and well filled.
As we were finishing, the waiter came over to reassure us that he’d bring more, as part of the special deal. No need, we were both stuffed.
John has a sweet tooth, so ordered a Vanilla Ice Cream (not part of the special deal) but they had none in stock, but never mind.
The Blue Chutney was out of draught beer, so I tried a large bottle of Bangla Beer, brewed, I believe, by Hepworths in West Sussex; it was crisp and provided a good accompaniment to the food. John had a small bottle of Cobra.
The total bill was about thirty three quid for the two of us, so eighteen quid a head including a tip.
A very pleasant meal, the Blue Chutney exceeded my expectations and is somewhere I’d be happy to revisit.