NATIONAL Curry Week seemed the perfect time to check out if The Taj Cottage could deliver ‘a true taste of India’, as it claims on its menus.
The restaurant/takeaway has apparently been voted in the top 100 restaurants in the British Curry Awards and certainly has some pretty interesting things on its menu.
These include kolijee (chicken liver) puree, fish dishes cooked with sea bass or tilapia, as well as cod and some intriguing specials inspired by someone called Duncan.
However, in order to make an attempt to stick to our £15 budget I went for old Indian restaurant favourites lamb rogan josh and chicken saag, accompanied by pilau rice and naan bread.
The bill came to £17 and the extra £2 was money well spent because the saag dish, especially, was fantastic, with plenty of chicken and a great earthy taste from the spices.
The lamb dish, full of tender chunks of meat, got the thumbs-up from both of us as well and the rich sauce complemented the drier chicken saag perfectly.
The Taj is not your usual common-or-garden curry house, looking more like Ye Olde Tudor Cafe from the road, complete with beams and stone-flagged courtyard.
Inside it’s more usual Indian restaurant decor and you can have a beer at the bar while you wait for your order or nip to The Royal Oak a few doors along, as I did.
I won’t wait for the next National Curry Week before I try another Taj takeaway.
Venue: The Taj Cottage, 9 Northgate, Tickhill, Doncaster DN11 9HZ.
Phone: 01302 745745 or 750353.
Opening times: Daily, 6pm-11.30pm, including bank holidays.
Parking: On street.
Menu: Extensive choice of curries, including the Duncan king prawn special and Duncan special chicken or lamb.
Waiting time: About 20 minutes.
What we had: chicken sag, lamb rogan josh, two pilau rice and plain nan (£17).
How did it taste: Beautiful, especially the chicken sag.
Verdict: If it’s good enough for Duncan, it’s good enough for me.