My partner and myself visit Indian and Indian style restaurants regularly. We never ever comment on bad service unless it is absolutely atrocious. After all, what we don't like may not bother other punters. I do however, like to recommend and report on what we believe is exceptional food or service. Bangla is one such establishment.
Ali Hussein, the owner/head chef has a CV which sets him out from the rest. Visit the restaurant and look at his awards. He also took time out from the kitchen to speak with us at length about our food and the restaurant in general. His is clearly very passionate about his cooking and that shows when you receive your food. We overhead the woman on the table next to us comment that nothing leaves the kitchen until he has personally examined the dish... Good news for us diners!
Both our starters and mains were faultless. My main - the signature 'Haribali' chicken and spinach was superb and like nothing I have ever had before. Anyone visiting is well advised to try it. Bangla also refuse to sell those horrendous bought-in desserts such as ice cream in plastic penguins (Indian restaurants really need to review this policy). A range of traditional desserts including the now rare 'banana fritter, which I chose, are on offer and cooked fresh. Good news for those of you with a sweet tooth like mine.
This is a small, cosy place with a trendy, welcoming feel. First and foremost, the food is truly fantastic and anyone in the North East should really make the effort to visit this hidden gem. An original, modern and sensibly priced menu, good wines (the French 'house' red is incredibly smooth and great with curry), the friendly staff and the proximity to The Metro make is a great choice every time. 11 out of 10!
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