Spotted Roomali on Trip Advisor so decided to give it a go. We made a reservation for 6.30pm on Saturday 23rd November and travelled across from New Longton (Preston) and it was definitely worth it. (Easy parking immediately outside).
We were welcomed very warmly by the owner, Yash (sorry about the spelling!) and shown to an alternative table (at the oner's suggestion) as the one originally reserved was a little close to the kitchen door. When we explained this was our first visit and enquired about how long the restaurant had been open, he then gave us a quick tour of the upstairs area which, as other people have said, is very pleasant indeed, together with a potted history of both himself and the restaurant.
And so to the food etc. Service was perhaps a little slow to begin with but once we'd ordered, things moved pretty quickly (they were very busy) and our waiters were friendly & efficient. We started with poppadoms & relish tray (well, who doesn't?) and they were superb, really light and grease-free. The starters were equally good comprising a very tasty seekh kebab (again, apologies for the spelling) and chicken samosas. We shared a Chicken Handi with pilau rice (loads of it!) and a garlic naan, which was extremely thin & tasty. It's always rude not to at least look at the dessert menu so we did - and succumbed to the temptation. Unfortunately I can't remember what it was called (3 dough balls served with a very light, sweet syrup and a dollop of ice cream - really good and not as heavy as I thought it might be.
The entire meal really was delicious and, although I've had all of these dishes (except the dessert) in other Indian restaurants, these seemed somehow lighter, less greasy, and somehow more refined. As the Roomali is not licensed to serve alcohol we had a litre bottle of mineral water and a coffee to finish. The whole lot came to an extremely reasonable £25 and I think we can honestly say that this was the best Indian food we've eaten and there is absolutely no doubt we'll be going again. I did suggest to Yash (as we were settling up & tongue in cheek) that as this was our first visit I thought perhaps it might be free. Quick as a flash he replied that the food was, of course, all free - he'd simply charged us for sitting down. Nice one!
Thank you to Yash and the team for a very pleasant evening - we wish you every success and look forward to a return visit very soon.
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