Speciality Kashmiri tawa packed with curries, pakora, kebabs and more for a tenner.
The main attraction at new London Road restaurant Mirpuri Tawa is so amazing that one guy filmed it on his phone and put the video up on YouTube.
A tawa is the name for a shallow, wide, round-bottomed cooking pan like a wok that the tiny restaurant’s gigantic signature sharing dish is served in.
Owner Kaleem Akhtar is originally from the beautiful Kashmiri city of Mirpur and he arrived in Britain in 1978.
He and his family already run the Mirpuri Dhera buffet restaurant in Attercliffe but he wanted to do something different and has ambitious plans to take the tawa idea to other northern curry centres like Bradford and Nottingham, to show them Sheffield restaurateurs can cook just as well .
He said: “We wanted to do what we eat at home, so when people are coming in, we want them to enjoy it.”
The ambience is very pleasant and it’s added to by a warm welcome from the charming female serving staff. They swiftly dispensed menus and water.
The speciality part of the menu boasts lots of favourite Kashmiri dishes, with unusual meats including quail, goat, venison and even camel, that Kaleem’s butcher sources from Saudi Arabia.
Several of the others with untranslated names feature offal, so ask if you’re not sure what you’re ordering.
As well as the specialities, there are more familiar dishes, such as balti, palak and chicken masala.
However, on your first visit you’re likely to go for the tawa, as we did. Save the camel dish for another visit.
We’re gonna need a bigger table, I thought in Roy Scheider/Jaws style, as a tawa the size of a dustbin lid hove into view. For £9.90 per person, we were served up with chicken wings, seekh kebab, chicken tikka, fish pakora, chicken masala, karahi gosht, channa biryani, chips, roti and naan bread.
The curries nestled in the middle and the little starter dishes were scattered around on top of piece of the bread, with a heap of chips to one side. You can ask for a vegetarian version, too.
We also somehow fitted two tiny pots of lovely, yoghurty raitas and a dish of mixed salad on the table.
I particularly loved the fish pakora with its tender flesh and crispy coating, the wonderfully moist meat curry, the fantastic, lively spicing of the chickpea biryani, the lovely soft breads, spicy chicken tikka…
It was all great, even the chips, although we didn’t eat many. You don’t want to fill yourself up on them when there are great spicy treats. We also had a jug of fresh sweet mango lassi for £5.
Kaleem is catering for families and he’s not even allowing people to bring in their own alcohol.
Star rating out of five
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