Tasty Indian food
Just in case you haven’t been along to the Eastern Eye it is on the London Road on the left as you are heading out of town; near Preston Circus and the Duke of York’s cinema, that neighbourhood.
If you haven’t been and like curry then you really should pop along.
The Eastern Eye is owned and run by their head chef Murrali, the staff are friendly and attentive and the food is great.
We are regulars and love eating there.
For review night Mr RB and I went along with our appetites ready.
Obviously we started with poppadoms though I have to confess that I only use them as a useful way of transferring mango chutney from a small dish to my mouth.
I really like mango chutney but eating it with a spoon would just be wrong apparently.
Needless to say, the poppadoms were fresh and, as I won the ‘who gets to smash the poppadoms’ game I can confirm that they broke up with a satisfying crack!
We had to pace ourselves because for our starter we were attempting a mixed selection which included: mysore chilli prawns, ragda patties, lamb shish, and squid with chili and garlic (squid is something of a rarity in Indian restaurants so this was a bit special).
These tasty morsels were served with tomato and onion chutney and, mint and coriander chutney.
I absolutely loved the chili prawns – they were very spicy and slightly sweet – and the squid lived up to its promise.
As we were aiming to try a good variety of dishes next we went for a dosa to share.
It was a masala dosa served with coconut sauce and, peanut and tomato sauce. I have not had many dosas but these are lovely. The pancake was crispy and had a coconut sweetness to it that blended nicely with the rest of the flavours and the chicken inside was very very tender.
Traditionally, I understand that dosa are a breakfast food but you can have a dosa as a main course at the Eastern Eye so I might do that next time!
For our main course (not that we really needed one at this stage) the table was laden with chicken tikka palak, garlic lamb, bhindi bhaji and lemon and ginger rice.
We also treated ourselves to a piping hot chapati! The chicken tikka palak is a combination of spinach and chicken which is barbecued and then cooked up with a mixture of spices.
I sat at the table breaking my brain to remember that bhindi are okra – I knew what they were, I could see them in my mind’s eye but I couldn’t for the life of me name them!
Annoying but beside the point.
Okra are a funny vegetable I think. Done well they can be great, done badly they can be really unpleasant.
These were good. If you like your Indian food then you probably already know that a dish described as ‘bhaji’ just means that it is a fairly dry cook with no sauce.
Of course the okra themselves are quite juicy so along with the spices used this was a good vegetable dish.
What’s special about the Eastern Eye? Put very simply, the food is delicious.
This is no fancy dining establishment. This is a great place to go and eat some tasty Indian food.
In our house this is something of a mid-week destination: it’s inexpensive and feels good.
My mother uses it as a pre-cinema eatery and my brother and brother-in-law just like to eat there whenever they can.
Go along and try it, you won’t be disappointed.
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