ONE of the best things about Indian food is that it generally tastes as good when taken home as it does in a restaurant.
The fact it travels so well has led to the unstoppable rise of the Indian takeaway.
There is perhaps a tendency to overlook a dedicated takeaway in favour of a restaurant that does both, which can be a mistake in my book.
I’ve had some of the best meals ever from small and unobtrusive takeaway outlets, so overlook them at your peril. Of course there are so many these days that sorting out the wheat from the chaff can be a tricky process but indigoxpress is well worth a visit.
This new venture has gone for the sleek modern look favoured by many Indian restaurants these days. With its granite counter and funky lighting, it looks more like a modern hotel reception than a suburban takeaway.
The menu follows the staple Indian restaurant formula with a few specials and surprises too.
I was very tempted by a Naga Chicken Tikka or Lamb Tikka Tawa (£5.95). The fiery Naga chilli is one of my favourites but needs to be approached with caution so this time around I decided to give it a miss.
Instead my wife and I shared a similarly spicy Lamb Hari Mirchi (£5.95) and a King Prawn Jalfrezi (£5.95) with pilau rice and a peshwari nan. Both mains were good and bursting with aroma and flavour. The hot Bangla chillies gave the Hari Mirchi quite a kick but it was not too overpowering if you like things on the spicy side.
We also enjoyed an Indigo Special starter (£3.55) which featured an array of chicken and lamb delights from the tandoori oven.
Our youngsters shared a ‘very mild’ chicken curry, which more than made up for in flavour what it might have lacked in heat.
Overall the food was excellent value, characterised by a freshly cooked feel and the use of quality ingredients.
Indigoxpress also does a free delivery service within a four-mile radius on orders over £8. Call 0121 707 1950.