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We had lunch at SSF at the end of a long morning shopping in Bury.
Being of Pakistani origin ourselves I would say that me and my partner were experts in Pakistani food. I can say honestly with hand on heart that this is exactly...the type of food you would get in a lot of Asian homes…HOWEVER that could be considered either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your expectations.
it is definitely not the type of food you would get in an indian restaurant or even a takeaway. In both of these the food is much richer and much spicier. Genuine homemade indian curries tend to be blander with less oil and less salt. )I’m sure it’s exactly the same in English cuisine – the food you get at Pizza Express or at The Ivy is going to be significantly different to what your wife or mum makes at home).
The chicken was very well cooked but a bit bland for my palate, it could have done with more sauce/oil/tharka for dipping the parathas into (the parathas were perfect by the way, a good size, the perfect balance of soft and crisp, and not too oily)
Price was a little bit on the high side but but probably reasonable for the type of food being offered. £2 for a large paratha was (I thought) perfectly reasonable. £7 for a large plate of chicken was also OK I suppose.
Service was excellent and everything was nice and clean.
Just to note – it’s a good 15 minutes walk from the Millgate and 10 minutes from the Rock which can feel like a tough ask especially if you’re loaded down with shopping bags….More
We walked in to this little place and there was a member of staff sat drinking her cup of tea and eating her food. She didn't smile or greet us, no one else was to be seen. Bit of an awkward, non welcoming entrance. We...ordered 2 mooli parathas and 1 aloo, aachar, desi chai and English tea. I had asked for some butter on top of my parathas, I was informed they didn't have any?! Bit hard to believe. Eventually, the women looked in the fridge and pulled some out. I also asked for plain yogurt, to which again, I received a negative reply, they didn't have any. I was informed the paratha comes with a yogurt sauce... surely the main ingredient in that would be yogurt no?! So then we asked for aachar and they charged 50p for like two pieces! Anyways, the mooli parathas tasted good, however the aloo paratha tasted like it contained a stale potato mixture, a mixture that is probably used in all sorts tikkis, samosas, etc. Not fresh. Then we ordered the teas, the desi tea tasted really good. However the English tea, bare in mind it cost £2.00 just as much as the desi tea was dire. I got half a cup as if they had ran out of water or something! This I thought was a rip off. To make things even more awkward, whilst we were eating, a women started cleaning the floor, seeing her squatting around cleaning around us was a bit off putting. I would go for the mooli parathas again but at £3.50 each, it's not a restaurant dining experience and they should consider reducing the prices to reflect that of a dhaba/cafe.More
My friends had recommended Shazia on many occasions. This was my first visit. I asked the person serving what she would recommend. She said that the chicken curry is very nice. She wasn't wrong, it was splendid. I had it with a chapati and rice....My friends had byrianis and s type of scotch egg. All the food was fresh and very tasty.More
this was my second time here and the service was terrible.They got our order wrong and the staff are rude.along comes boss Shazia who thinks is a world renowned chef so rude would not smile or say hello dont waste your money
Popped in for lunch and as ever the food was fresh and delicious. There were 6 of us on a break from work and between us had curry, roti, lamb chops, kebab rolls and chickpea curry and daal. Vegans and meat eaters well catered for....Can’t wait to go back.More
We went late in the day, hoping we’d find it open and even though they were cleaning up for the day they did a great job of accommodating us.
The place was spotless, with a lovely friendly feel. Informal but pretty and well presented, so...you felt you were somewhere much more special than your average burger bar or kebab shop.
The food was delicious, some of the best Pakistani food that I’ve tasted. There was a feeling of home cooking about it, fresher and less oily than the food that you’d get at your local take away or restaurant. Delicious!
Highly recommended for an informal, good value, authentic meal.More
The only downside to this place is that it doesn't open in the evenings. I go here regularly on Friday afternoons to get takeaways that we reheat in the evenings. The curries are some of the best i've ever eaten (..and i've eaten a lot)....Gem of a place.More
I eat here on a fairly regular basis and I have to say the food is absolutely top notch, always fresh, really tasty and generous portions. There's a great range of authentic dishes, including vegetarian options and the service is always attentive and fast. All...in all highly recommendedMore