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