I’M not sure I’ve seen a takeaway smarter than this. Very swish.
A plush scarlet red and black colour scheme with 1960s-style designer chairs, dark ceramic floor tiles and mood lighting...
And the open kitchen and food preparation area is fitted out floor to ceiling in brushed aluminium so it looks classy and clean at the same time. Very reassuring.
We picked shahi chicken tikka off the Villa special section – chicken tikka cooked in a creamy sauce with boiled eggs, tomato, capsicum and onions.
It tasted wonderful and was the hit of the meal but it also looked great too – a pleasing colour, with chicken tikka red round the edges and the accompanying pulao rice was multicoloured too.
The palak gosht – a special of lamb and spinach cooked with onions, peppers and tomato – didn’t look quite as good. It was a dark drab olive green affair but, hey, that’s what you get for going healthy with spinach. But again the taste was there – slightly hotter than the chicken with good pieces of tender lamb.
The nan bread that came with it was the size of two dinner plates. And, no, I’m not exaggerating.
We couldn’t quite finish it because we’d also plumped for a starter between us – onion bhajis. You can’t not, can you? Two large flattish bhajis again set off with a little pot of yoghurt and mint and a crisp side salad. Very good.
Top food and a top-drawer first impression – they’re not getting anything wrong here.
This Villa’s definitely Premier League.
Address: Spice Villa, 753 City Road, Sheffield S12 2AA
Tel: (0114) 2655477
Web: www.spice-villa.co.uk – you can order online
Open: Monday to Saturday 5pm-11.30pm, Sunday 5pm-11pm
Service: Men of few words but all of them polite
Parking: Small pull-in area or on-street free bays
Delivery: Free with orders over £8 to south-east Sheffield
Menu: Starters, curries, balti, karahi, biryanis, charcoals and specials, with sundries and breads, plus a few British dishes and veggie options
What we had: shahi chicken tikka with pulao rice £6.90, palak gosht with nan £6.90, Onion bhaji starter £1.70. Total £15.50
Verdict: Indian takeaway league title contenders.