TAKEAWAY TEST: Dilnaz, Bamber Bridge

Curry didn't inspire - but at least there was no washing up!

Friday, 14th December 2018, 6:40 am
Updated Friday, 14th December 2018, 8:32 am
Dilnaz poppadom
Dilnaz poppadom

Last Saturday, with our heads full of the previous Friday night’s Christmas festivities, Significant Other and I needed something to soak it all up that wasn’t going to require any effort whatsoever.

So takeaway curry it was then.

Looking for somewhere a little different on Trip Advisor I stumbled across Dilnaz restaurant in Bamber Bridge. Previously known as the Naaz it seems to have undergone a re-launch and their website proudly announces that ‘You can now relax at home and order your favourite, freshly prepared meals from Dilnaz, online. You can even pay online!’

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Dilnaz chicken tikka balti bhuna, naan and aloo methi

Sounded like just the job to us, so we took them up on their offer and sat back in front of the telly while someone else made our tea.

The food arrived later than expected but all seemed neat and tidy as we went to the trouble of plating up. There were plenty of poppadoms for us to share but unfortunately it seemed to be quantity over quality as they were bordering on stale. The dips were nice though - fresh, spicy, vibrant and cooling in all the right places.

For a starter we had ordered a seekh kebab and a meat samosa to share. Two of each was perfect for us and the samosa was crispy and filled with plenty of mince, if it was a little dry.

But as for the kebab, we seemed to have got the reshmi instead of the seekh. Always happy to try something new - this described as ‘spicy minced meat with egg dressing’ - we didn’t mind and it was quite tasty but lacking in heat, both flavour and temperature-wise.

This appeared to be the theme of the entire takeaway as our main dish, a chicken tikka balti bhuna from the chef’s recommendations, was also far from piping hot. Which was a shame as there was plenty of tender meat in a thick, tomatoey, flavour filled sauce that wasn’t too oily.

Our aloo methi side consisted of soft, chunky potatoes and the fragrant fenugreek really came through - my favourite dish of the meal. The rice was good too, light and fluffy and great for soaking up the bhuna sauce, while the naan was soft and fresh but not very big.

Overall the bill came to £21.84, rather expensive we thought considering the food wasn’t very hot - amongst other things.

But looking on the bright side, it gave us the night off cooking. All we had to do was put a couple of plates and forks in the dishwasher.

Dilnaz

1 Club Street, Station Road, Bamber Bridge PR5 6FN

Tel: 01772626695