WE’D started the day with a list - and curry wasn’t on it.
But by the end of the day, we’d reached the end of said list - and curry was making a late entry.
The reason was our job list had proven all consuming so when it came to making food, the option was clear.
Now, as ever, the dilemma was where to go. We’d had a flyer for The Original India Garden and decided to take a punt.
The flyer said this tandoori restaurant and takeaway was a specialist in Indian and Bangladeshi traditional foods.
It also had four stars for food hygiene and a menu which offered some welcome changes from the norm.
The one which caught my eye was on the specials. Chingri Maache St Martin was described as fusing king prawns and white fish in an aromatic sauce.
The mixed platter also sounded promising, offering a selection of tandoori dishes with a samosa, onion bhaji and salad.
We didn’t bother with starters as the bill was already running beyond £20 thanks to the addition of a couple of breads.
So we phoned the order and were amazed to hear it would be ready in 15 minutes.
Blimey, now to find which part of London Rd number 659 was. That’s because the Original India Garden doesn’t deliver, you collect.
I set off in the general direction of Bramall Lane, but ended up going along London Rd into Heeley before reaching 659. At least there’s a car park around from the restaurant on Thirlwell Rd.
By that stage, 15 minutes had easily gone and the food was handed over within seconds of arriving. Impressive, particularly as I was hungry, which meant I left without checking.
That was a mistake. They’d forgotten the salad for the mixed platter and the cheese naan we’d ordered arrived minus the cheese.
Still, mistakes happen so we smiled sweetly and got on with the food.
The Chingri Maache St Martin looked great and tasted good. The chef had made good use of spinach to add freshness and zest to a dish which was mildly spicy. There was plenty of white fish, four king prawns and a tasty sauce.
The portion size was a little disappointing and it was perhaps overpriced at £8.95, but the taste was good.
As for the mixed platter, it disappeared in no time and was greeted with general approval. Again, £9.50 seemed too much, but nevertheless this was an enjoyable meal and we would try the Original India Garden again.
Name: Original India Garden
Address: 659-661 London Rd, Sheffield, S2 4HT
Phone number: 0114 2500059 or 0114 2500074
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5.30pm-11.30pm, Friday and Saturday 5.30pm-1am
Parking: Yes at nearby Thirlwell Rd
What we paid: £22.45
Verdict: Close to restaurant prices, but enjoyable