Veg­ging out with Curry Cul­ture

EMILY CHUDY eats at Curry Cul­ture, 33 Rockingham Road, Uxbridge Tel: 01895 231 074

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AC­CORD­ING to the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion, around 30-40% of the In­dian pop­u­la­tion is veg­e­tar­ian, so eat­ing out at In­dian restau­rants is bril­liant for veg­gies like my­self and my col­league Kather­ine, as there is so much choice you might not find in restau­rants of dif­fer­ent cuisines.

Curry Cul­ture in Uxbridge is close to the cen­tre of town with­out be­ing in the middle of all the noise, and the am­bi­ence is friendly, warm and quiet, which is per­fect for if you want to catch up and have a long chat with­out blar­ing noise or chat­ter in the back­ground.

Look­ing at the menu, I was so pleas­antly sur­prised by the amount of op­tions, not just of veg­e­tar­ian food, but lit­er­ally four pages of cur­ries, mixed grills, rices and more to choose from, which was a real treat to see – you could go ev­ery week­end and try some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery time with­out get­ting bored.

It took a long time to choose, but for starters, I had Malai Broc­coli (£3.50) , which was broc­coli in cheese mari­nade, a good level of “tick­ling” spici­ness com­ple­mented by the creamy sauce.

Kather­ine tried the Aloo Tikki Chana Chat (£3.50) – potato pat­ties with chick­peas, mint and ta­marind chut­ney top­ping – which she said was the per­fect level of spice, but the sauce was a lit­tle ar­ti­fi­cial.

For a main course, I had the Veg­etable Mixed Grill (£11.95); pa­neer, broc­coli, mixed veg­etable ke­bab, pineap­ple and pear with a naan bread.

It came out mak­ing a won­der­ful siz­zling sound and smelled amaz­ing. Cer­tain aspects of the dish were re­ally de­li­cious – the pa­neer in par­tic­u­lar – but over­all it was just slightly too greasy for me, mean­ing I didn’t have enough room to fin­ish it all.

Kather­ine had the Aloo Gobi (£6.95) – a potato and cau­li­flower curry – which tasted gor­geous. It was less spicy than a fiery Vin­daloo curry but still had a good kick.

We both shared side dishes of Pi­lau Rice (£2.50), Egg Fried Rice (£3.25) and Pesh­wari Naan (£2.50), which added a nice mild flavour along with the spicier dishes.

The waiters were all very at­ten­tive, fill­ing up our wine glasses of­ten and ex­plain­ing all of the food to us, giv­ing their rec­om­men­da­tions – which is bril­liant when you’re some­where new.

The restau­rant was rel­a­tively quiet with a few fam­i­lies, as is typ­i­cal for a Thurs­day night, but as it is in a con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, Curry Cul­ture will prob­a­bly be more bustling over the week­ends.

For dessert, we both chose the Pas­sion Fruit Sor­bet (£2.25), hav­ing com­pletely filled up on the main cour­ses.

The food for starters and mains was quite heavy and greasy, so a sor­bet was all we could each man­age.

It was re­fresh­ing and light, but as a ma­jor dessert fan it was a slight dis­ap­point­ment that the other food was so rich I couldn’t sam­ple some­thing slightly more sub­stan­tial.

Over­all, the food was pleas­ant, and the ser­vice was very at­ten­tive, so I en­joyed my evening out at Curry Cul­ture, but the restau­rant lacked that cer­tain some­thing that would make it a knock-out.

I would rec­om­mend this restau­rant for a ca­sual night out with friends, rather than a big oc­ca­sion.

n SPICY: (Clock­wise from above) The Veg­etable Mixed Grill; the Aloo Tikka Chana Chat; and the Malai Broc­coli

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