A VISIT to the impressive Keri Gold Indian restaurant in Sheldon this week has taught me a thing or two.
Firstly, my theory that changing a traditional pub into a modern 21st century cultural restaurant will never work, is totally incorrect.
And secondly my tongue simply cannot handle a Keri Gold spicy cuisine.
From the first bite of my Chat Popadum (85p) right through to the back end of the lightly spiced Chicken Manchurian main (£6.95) my mouth was put through it’s paces.
Make no mistake this place is great for those who love a spicy dish but it also caters for those with weaker taste buds like mine.
What impressed us the most was the variety on the menu and how owner Arun Patel has tried to cater for everyone.
Vegetarians are looked after, which most other restaurants seem to ignore.
And for those on a diet or suffer from a dodgy ticker, healthy heart options and low calorie dishes are available.
My girlfriend, a recently-turned veggie, enjoyed the Mixed Vegetable Curry (£5.75) and branded the special vegetarian rice as the ‘best she has ever tasted’.
As for her dad, a chief curry critic in his own right, he opted for the Relish Lamb (6.95) while her mom tucked into the Karahi Chicken (5.95).
The overall bill for food alone came to just over £50 which included a starter and naan each and chips to share.
This represented excellent value for money and if we weren’t so full up we would have certainly stayed for a few drinks in the revamped bar area next door which was preparing for a weekly quiz night.
Sheldon locals will know all about this little diamond but for those that don’t the restaurant is on the site of the old Chestnut Tree pub on Sheldon Heath Lane.
Call it what you want, but modern, classy, and unique are just a few words that spring to my mind.
For more information or to order takeaways call the restaurant on 0121 741 1931.