SMALL but perfectly formed – that’s the impression I got of Jaflong when I ordered from there on a particularly windy and rainy night.
There’s a decent number of takeaways in Crookes but I’d never tried this establishment before.
You can eat in at Jaflong, but the restaurant itself is essentially one small front room in an end-terrace house.
I’m guessing the effect would be a little like eating in someone’s living room while contending with a steady stream of takeaway customers.
So we chose the delivery option – it’s free, after all. The food arrived promptly and was very neatly packaged.
To start we had the mixed bhaji, a tasty selection of onion bhaji, samosa and aloo chop, and a tandoori mix.
The tandoori mix was good but the portion was a little stingy, and needed more chicken and lamb tikka.
Our mains were the fiercely-titled Special Bengal Tiger and balti lamb tikka sag. The first was packed with flavoursome onions, tomatoes, and peppers, and plenty of sliced chicken and lamb in a thick sauce.
There are numerous chillies lurking in there, so if you prefer your dishes mild it’s one to steer clear of.
The filling lamb tikka had a pleasant, garlicky flavour, and the spinach gave the dish a rich texture.
The garlic naan was also less greasy than some of their nearby rivals.
Jaflong perhaps needs to go further to be a truly top-notch takeaway, but it’s certainly one of the better ones.
Venue: Jaflong, 182 Northfield Road, Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1QU
Telephone: 0114 2661802 or 2682422
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 5.30pm to midnight
Delivery: Free delivery within four mile radius. Delivery available 5.30pm to 10pm Sunday to Thursday, 5.30pm to 11pm Friday and Saturday
Range of menu: Extensive
Service: Quick – delivered earlier than expected
What we had: Mixed bhaji, £2.95, Tandoori mix, £3.95, Jaflong special Bengal tiger, £7.95, Balti lamb tikka sag, £5.80, Saag aloo, £2.40, Egg rice, £2.20, Garlic naan, £2.20. Free poppadums and pickle tray
Waiting time: Around 30 minutes
How did it taste: Tasty – occasionally unexpectedly hot
Verdict: Well worth a visit.