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Indian Curry Express...yourself

The Oakham Curry Club (OCC) is a well-respected Institution with multiple international franchises. The OCC takes pride in searching out the finest Indian Restaurants, and providing an impartial review of Curry Houses all over the world. Members vote anonymously on 5 categories - and an average score is given to each restaurant we review. A tale of good food at the Indian Curry Express. In this month with winter in full force. (February and 16 C.) the health benefits of spices and flavorings commonly used in Indian preparations are lifesaving. Extravagant claims are made for curcumin found in turmeric; but while it might not cure all cancers, bring world peace or raise your IQ, it is a potent anti-inflammatory. Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar; cumin and coriander aid digestion; ginger relieves nausea; chilies contribute high levels of vitamins A, B and C. Fenugreek or methi, both leaves and seeds, reduces cholesterol, counters heartburn and increases breast milk in lactating women — which is of use to some; but not this band of curry enthusiastic men, visiting this fine establishment. These 8 OCC members are still looking for the curry that cures hangover though!!? The restaurant is small, but has a separate room for larger groups upstairs, (also used to house the owners mother in law, during opening hours) sparsely decorated, but here you come for the food! The best way to enjoy curries is to share with your fellow man, and these OCC members took the opportunity to try dishes from various regions of India. We started with the traditional crispy poppadom’s and tasty Samosa’s Poppadom’s are typically served as an accompaniment to a meal, with toppings such as chopped onions, chopped carrots, chutneys or other dips, and condiments. In certain parts of India, poppadom’s which have been dried but not cooked are used in curries and vegetable dishes A Samosa is a fried or baked pastry with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, ground lamb, ground beef or ground chicken. For the mains, we went with the classics such as: Vindaloo - originally from Goa, it is extremely popular owing to its intense heat, and is often the hottest curry on the menu, except maybe Phalls. The vindaloo can be served with any meat. Tikka masala - usually with chicken in a spicy yet creamy sauce. It’s believed that it is the bestselling curry across the UK, and is often dubbed a “British National Dish” Well…. This dish became so popular in Britain that former foreign secretary Robin Cook once claimed it has replaced “Yorkshire Pudding and fish and chips” as the true national dish but, perhaps because it is not an authentic Indian dish, Indian cook books all but ignore chicken tikka masala, and they never recreate the taste and texture we get in restaurants! Tandoori chicken - this probably doesn't count as a curry as it doesn't come with sauce, but is instead prepared with a bit of yoghurt and spice. The invention of chicken Tandoori pieces - have been the request of an emperor about 5000 years ago who was terrified of choking on bones. He orders his Punjabi chefs to cut his chicken off the bones before cooking in the tandoor and so chicken tandoori was born. Korma - thick, mild and coconut-ty, a staple with curry lovers who are less keen on heat. Also a very popular dish for vegetarians (although almost all curries have vegetarian options available). After sampling all these delicious dishes, the verdict is clear: The food is excellent, well prepared and tasty. The service is warm, helpful and a little bit puzzled about the OCC. This place you come for the food, and we did not go wrong. A great place to start a night out. The OCC gives this establishment 7.64 out of 10 based on the quality, value, service, customer care and atmosphere. The review for the rest of the evening, will be given by Saint Peter, at the gates of heaven….. Billy the kid. May your poppadom’s be crispy, sauce be tasty and curry spicy On behalf of Yan Yan Yannerson; Pepe Lopez , OCC

Quality - 7.5

Value - 8.8

Service - 8

Customer Care - 8.1

Atmosphere - 5.8

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