Win­ner:

De­li­cious In­dian food in a fam­ily friendly, warm and invit­ing set­ting – look no fur­ther than Rani’s In­dian Din­ing

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We re­view our Food & Drink Award win­ner Rani’s

On the very far edge of the vil­lage of Yax­ham, as the houses dwin­dle and gaps widen in the coun­try­side, sits Rani’s In­dian Din­ing.

A some­what un­ex­pected sight, nes­tled next to an old wind­mill, with lit­tle else close by, this very mod­ern restau­rant has be­come a real bustling, pop­u­lar place to be.

And hav­ing scooped the Fam­ily Din­ing Award at this year’s Nor­folk Food and Drink Awards, it shows the restau­rant’s wide ap­peal, whether to a group of friends get­ting to­gether or three gen­er­a­tions of the fam­ily cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

We booked for early evening on a Fri­day, a wel­come treat after a busy week, and were greeted with a very warm wel­come. In­side, the restau­rant is mod­ern and airy, with a re­laxed and friendly at­mos­phere – per­fect for if you are din­ing with two chil­dren in tow.

The menu isn’t go­ing to chal­lenge for Miche­lin star rat­ings, this isn’t posh In­dian cui­sine, but it does prom­ise all the favourites you would ex­pect, plus some de­li­cious, less fa­mil­iar spe­cials.

The waiter ar­rives with the of­fer of pop­padom – which of course can­not be re­fused – and the chil­dren quickly dig in, with the usual chopped onion, a hot pickle, some fresh raita and a spe­cial mango chut­ney to ac­com­pany. A com­mon er­ror in or­der­ing In­dian food in our house, is or­der­ing too much, be­ing full on pop­padom and starters be­fore the main course even ar­rives.

So we opt to share some starters. A mouth-wa­ter­ing plate of veg­etable samosa, chicken tikka and onion bhaji ar­rives – burst­ing with spice and flavour, the bhaji crispy and mor­eish. To try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, we also or­der some monk fish tikka. Del­i­cately mar­i­nated and spiced, with a meaty, rich bite, it was de­li­cious.

Be­tween us we or­der four main dishes, the lamb tikka ko­rai and lamb tikka dopi­aza, mainly for my hus­band and me al­though in­evitably the kids dip in, and a chicken ko­rma and chicken tikka mas­sala for them. Plenty of pi­lau rice ap­pears along with de­li­cious gar­lic and kulcha naan. The curry is ex­cel­lent, the ko­rai is siz­zling and the lamb is tender. Be warned, the tikka mas­sala and ko­rma comes with a dol­lop of cream on top – not a prob­lem for the kids, but oth­ers might be per­turbed.

We were sim­ply too full to con­sider a dessert – not the chil­dren though, they love tra­di­tional In­dian ice cream desserts – which are, I sus­pect, not re­ally tra­di­tional at all. One went for the lemon sor­bet, served in half a lemon, one for a choco­late Flake pot, both de­voured. The ser­vice, friend­li­ness of the staff and at­mos­phere couldn’t be faulted and by the time we left, the restau­rant was buzzing and al­most full.

Ex­pect to pay around £3 to £6 for a starter or side dish, £8 to £11 for a main.

Rani’s In­dian Din­ing, Nor­wich Road, Yax­ham NR19 1RP, 01362 692515, ranisin­dian­din­ing.co.uk

The de­lighted win­ners from Rani’s with Emma Lee of Nor­wich Res­i­dent mag­a­zine

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