Sunday, 16 February 2014

Codsall Spice, review.

I love Indian food, many of us food lovers do and we regularly eat Indian dishes on a weekly basis. Indian cuisine and in particular Chicken Tikka Masala is a dish that has been brought over to the UK following the immigration of Asian people in the 1950's- 1960's to the UK and is now the nations most loved dish. Although I enjoy making my favourite curries at home and also experimenting with making my own roti and naan bread, I also love eating out at Indian restaurants. If you want to experience a real authentic Indian and Bangladeshi food and you are in the West Midlands a trip to Codsall Spice will set your taste buds on fire.

Located in the pretty South Staffordshire village of Codsall, this restaurant serves up classic Indian dishes such as Chicken Rogan Josh, Prawn Biryani and Chicken and Mushroom Balti, with also their own signature dishes  such as Bengal Nagal Chicken which is described for chilli lovers, tikka cooked in a hot and spicy Naga paste sauce.

As Codsall Spice is  my local Indian restaurant (and my favourite) I am slightly biased with my opinions, and as I regularly visit here, it is a testimony how delicious the food is here .  Appearance wise there are two floors and the restaurant is very light and tastefully decorated with pictures from India. I've been here quite a few times, but thought I'd share dishes from my last two visits. The waiters are friendly and attentive and in my many visits, the food once ordered comes out very quickly, which is always a positive.

An Indian meal for me begins with popadoms, (£0.50) per poppadom, here they are light and crisp and accompanied by a selection of pickles (£0.50).

For my main (on this occasion), I chose Chicken Jalfrezi (£6.50) with roti (£1.95). The chicken was moist, succulent, fully flavoured and there was plenty of sauce so that I could mop up it up with the naan bread.
Chicken jalfrezi

Chicken jalfrezi and roti

My most recent visit, I again enjoyed the crisp and light poppadom with the accompanying pickles


For my main dish, I chose the tandoori chicken (£6.95) which I was blown away with, the chicken was on the bone which I always feel give more flavour,  moist, seasoned well, with a hint of chili and was very filling. I chose the tandoori chicken and I thought it would be one of the healthier dishes, but will now order this dish again as the taste was amazing.
Tandoori chicken

I decided to order a side dish of aloo gobbi (potatoes and cauliflower £2.95) to go with my Tandoori Chicken, as I wanted a change from the heavy naans. The aloo gobbi was cooked well, and the Indian spices really came through, and the cauliflower, didn't even taste like cauliflower, I think the flavour of the curry absorbed the flavour of the cauliflower!

Aloo Gobbi

Codsall Spice

Positives - fabulous hearty Indian food, bright restaurant, good service, very good value for money
Negatives - Village location which may make it difficult to access.
Overall - A lovely restaurant for traditional Indian dishes.

Disclaimer : I reviewed this restaurant because I'm addicted to eating out.

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