GOOD service can make or break a business, so it’s gratifying to see a newish restaurant/takeaway setting such store by this.
Paradise Restaurant has been open about a year and owner Ranjit Nellikondi, from Attercliffe in Sheffield, is obviously serious about establishing it as first choice for families in search of authentic Indian cuisine.
The short-lived Indira has been transformed into a beautifully fitted-out fully licensed upmarket restaurant complete with ornate wall carvings from India.
The chef, who has a dgree in culinary arts, and waiters are also of Indian origin, unusual in Sheffield and Doncaster where Indian is more likely to mean Bangladeshi or Pakistani.
They also do a pretty mean takeaway if you can wait half an hour for your meal to be freshly prepared.
It’s part of the service as well for manager Manoj Kumar Botta to phone you to see if you’ve enjoyed your food.
Back home, a clatter of plates and cutlery and opening of containers unleashing enticing smells.
Kaju chicken, succulent, crammed full of cashew nuts; ginger chicken, zingy and fresh; rice plentiful; cheese and chilli naan, chewy and moreish, excellent accompaniment; lamb biryani, beautiful tender meat but no biryani sauce.
I get on the phone to Manoj and let him know that the food is great but there’s no biryani sauce.
Full of apologies he insists on taking my address and 10 minutes later his delivery team turn up with the sauce and popadoms.
Now, that’s what I call going the extra four miles to keep the customer happy.
Address: 107 Scrooby Road, Bircotes, Doncaster
Tel: 01302 215388.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 5pm to 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 1am, Sunday 5pm to 11.30pm.
Delivery: Yes, but will take around an hour. Free bottle of sparkling wine on collected orders over £25.
Atmosphere: Friendly, with smart, modern decor, including authentic Indian carvings. Had half a Cobra in the bar and was given a tour of the restaurant by manager Manoj while I waited. The restaurant can seat 60 diners and there is a buffet night on Tuesdays, costing £8.99 a head.
Parking: 50-space municipal car park bang opposite or places on the road outside.
Prices: Kaju chicken, £6.50, lamb biryani £8, ginger lamb £7.50, two pilau rice £3.60, plain naan £1.60, cheese and chilli naan £2.40.
How it tasted: Freshly cooked with some vibrant flavours.
Verdict: If Paradise is half as nice…