Sometimes you know things are just right.
“Pick up a curry on the way home” was the order – after all when you’re 46 there’s no escaping the fact New Year’s Eve is all about a curry, a glass of fizz and Jools – oh and over-tired children.
Gone are the days of watching 2am rows at taxi ranks, laughing at the drunk whose make up has run, stockings have laddered and whose heel has snapped.
And that’s just the lads these days.
Only problem was I arrived at probably Lancashire’s finest curry house before it was open.
No problem said the gentleman in charge, and I was left to watch the band set up for the night and listen to the phone ring incessantly as they fired the stove just for me.
The continual calls for a table are always a good sign.
And so they proved, as you’d expect from the only Indian restaurant to have been recommended by The Good Food Guide consecutively for four years.
The Bangla meat combo (£9.95 for two) sated four with its assortment of juicy chunks and a salad that hadn’t just been tossed in for decoration.
Then my eyes were opened.
The Creme de la Fusion Seabass was sensational.
Wrapped in a banana leaf and delicately spiced so you could appreciate the two fillets was sublime. The sauce with it made sense and I’ll have to review my ‘I don’t eat fish dishes in Indian restaurants’ policy.
Next up was Stuffed Murghi Fillet, a grilled chicken breast filled, and smothered, in a lamb mince.
The mince was divine and savoury and far from hot, while the chicken was juicy and lovingly flavoured.
Both dishes were subtle and wonderful.
It must be said the takeaway menu is only slightly cheaper than the sit-down prices but you get what you pay for.
Happy New Year.
Star rating: 10