TAKEAWAY TEST: Café Masala, 379 South Road, Walkley, Sheffield, S6 3TD. Telephone: 0114 2334430

Cafe Masala on South Road, Walkley.
Cafe Masala on South Road, Walkley.
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CURRY lovers were puzzled by its sudden disappearance – but now popular takeaway Café Masala is back, its quality seemingly undiminished despite moving to a new home.

They used to do a roaring trade in Upperthorpe, but have now set up shop on South Road in Walkley, in a spot once occupied by Handi House Curries.

Anyone collecting an order over £12 gets a very tempting 20 per cent discount, but we chose the lazy option and took advantage of free delivery.

The menu is wide and varied, including a good selection of vegetarian dishes as well as some new dishes for the relaunch.

Delivery was prompt, within the promised 45 minutes, and all the food was still boiling hot.

They even realised their mistake after forgetting our garlic naan and brought them round apologetically, putting the error down to a busy night, and throwing in some free poppadums.

Our starters of tandoori platter and mixed kebab were tasty and not too greasy, the sheek kebab being a stand-out.

We tried the enigmatic-sounding Café Masala Special and were presented with a dish containing a bit of everything – chicken, lamb and hot, spicy king prawns in a thick, plentiful red sauce. The lamb tikka bhuna contained plenty of meat, which was very tender, almost melt-in-the-mouth, with lots of onions and tomatoes.

A side order of Bombay aloo – spicy potatoes – was also unexpectedly generous.

Good food all round, then.

South Road is obviously proving a successful move for Café Masala.

Takeaway Facts

Venue: Café Masala, 379 South Road, Walkley, Sheffield, S6 3TD

Telephone: 0114 2334430

Website: www.cafe-masala.co.uk

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 5pm to midnight, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 1am.

Parking: On-street

Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £10 and within a three-mile radius – further away it’s £1 extra per mile.

Range of menu: Extensive

Service: Good

What we had: Tandoori platter, £2.95, Mixed kebab, £2.95, Cafe Masala special, £7.95, Lamb tikka bhuna, £5.45, Egg rice, £2.25, Garlic naan, £1.95.

Waiting time: Around 45 minutes for home delivery

How did it taste: Delicious

Verdict: Top-notch takeaway.