‘The great tradition of Delhi can be seen through its cuisine’ – Mohit Chauhan
*We received a complimentary meal in return for an honestly review*
I feel like I say time and time again about how much Newcastle is crying out for some diversity when it comes to the restaurant scene. We’ve become saturated with Italian Restaurants and chains sprinkled with the odd traditional curry house for the Bigg Market stag dos. And don’t get me started on places like Stack and River Brew in terms of value for money.
My Delhi is run by three brothers who were inspired to create an eatery that brings delectable cultural delights to the UK. But it’s not just all about the food, they’ve created an experience to transport you to the streets of Delhi, as well as some popular drinks and amazing cocktails. It’s the diversity we’ve been crying out for.
We were invited along to try what they have to offer and the chef cooked us up a selection of their best sellers, which was was ideal as meant we didn’t have to spend hours wondering what to have from their delicious extensive menu.
Before we arrived we were asked if we had any allergies and how hot we liked our food (in terms of spice, obviously). Both me and Emma (my date for the evening) like a slight kick to our food whilst still being able to taste the flavours and Emma doesn’t like coriander leaf and despite some cheeky coriander sneaking into our starters, both requests were fulfilled perfectly.
We had some poppadoms and pickles to start which My Delhi had put their own spin on to the curry house classics including mango chutney and raita. It was a case after every one I tried, I was convinced that one was my favourite. We were then treated appetizers in the shape of onion bhajis, pakoras stuffed with potato a daal (the sauce comes in syringes that you inject into the centre – so much fun!) gunpowder chicken (some of the most succulent chicken I’ve ever tried) and bengal fishcakes. The first thing that struck me was the bright and vibrant colours of everything. Everything is made fresh, from scratch and that’s what really sets the food apart from other Indian places. All the spices are perfectly matched with just the right amount of heat to not taste bland but also not mask the delicious flavours.
The mains were the real showstoppers; butter chicken (India’s most popular curry), aloo gobi adrakhi and paneer haka chilli noodles. It all looked so good it made Emma do her ‘excited about food hand dance’. I’ll admit the only time I’ve ever had butter chicken has been out of a jar so my expectations for this particular dish had been set low. This is possibly the nicest curry I’ve ever tried – and I’ve eaten my fair share of curries before. It was smooth and creamy without being sickly and the tomato flavour lovely and smokey. It’s essentially a tikka masala how it’s supposed to taste!
I think we were both in agreement that the paneer chilli noodles were our favourite of the whole night. It’s the first time either of us have ever had Indian style noodles and these indo-chinese fusion versions of chow mein were to die for and worked really well with the paneer (Indian cheese). The portions are plentiful and the fact that we shared a couple of different dishes was great because we got to try lots of different stuff. They advise three of four small plats if you fancy going tapas style. We were so full after our hearty feast that we didn’t have any room for pudding; a selection of cakes and flavoured sorbets.
And to wash it all down with? They have that covered too with a small but perfectly formed cocktail menu. We had a mango daiquiri and an Apple Bite (apple juice, lemonade, masala syrup and a cinnamon stick) the latter of which is served with a full red chilli in and is delicious. Both cocktails went with the food really well providing the perfect cool pallet cleanser between courses.
The colourful, exciting food is matched perfectly with the restaurant’s decor which is so bright and inviting. They’ve put a modern twist on traditional Indian colours and patterns and have installed a moving image ‘window’ looking out into a traditional Delhi street market for that extra bit of authenticity. The staff absolutely make the experience too, they’re all so friendly and so passionate about what they do, they’re a joy to speak with. The chef even came out to have a chat with us and his enthusiasm for the food is infectious.
I know it’s easy to think that when you get asked along to try somewhere of course you’re going to give it a glowing review but in all honesty there aren’t enough adjectives on thesaurus.com to explain how much I like this place. The menu is so varied that you don’t have to be a massively lover of Indian food to find something you’ll enjoy and I would wholeheartedly encourage you to ask for recommendations because the staff will take good care of you and make sure your tastes are catered for.
Because I’ve run our of adjectives, I’ll just say this: Go, immediately.
87A Clayton Street, Newcastle, NE1 5PY
Sun to Thur: 5pm – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 5pm- 12am midnight
Fri & Sat 12pm noon to 2pm