EVERY now and again, a restaurant delivers a flawless performance, a dining experience from which you can draw only positives.
A warm welcome, professional service, delicious food, a clean restaurant and competitive prices.
All of these things made our evening at Amraj, at Crystal Peaks, a memorable one.
A two minute drive off the A57, and accessible by tram, it’s in a good location on the outskirts of Sheffield.
And lovers of Indian food are known to travel a few miles for decent curry.
Before we’d even got to the eating, the Amraj had given us something extra – in the form of a ‘doorman’ in traditional dress, complete with sword.
Inside, the Amraj is a vast facility, and while they pack the tables in, you’re not positioned so close that you feel any intrusion from other diners.
The decor is modern, the place is spotless and the staff were friendly, without exception.
The menu was comprehensive.
Eventually I settled on a tandoori mixed grill.
At £13.95 it was one of the priciest offerings on the menu, with most of the dishes coming in at a very reasonable £10.95.
Others in our party had lamb dansak, chicken tikka biryani and chicken and mushroom bhuna.
The kids menu had two curry options and two generic kids meals.
For £3.95 they could complete their meal with an ice cream and a drink.
When the food came we were all impressed with the portion sizes, although my son was never going to get anywhere near a clean plate – his korma and rice would have filled many adults.
My own meal was beautifully presented and it all tasted fantastic.
Chicken tandoori, chicken tikka, lamb tikka, tandoori king prawn and seekh kebab, cooked in a clay oven and served on a bed of onions.
The meat was tender, the kebab was spicy and I supplemented with pilau rice and an excellent peshwari naan.
My wife’s lamb dansak comprised of good quality, solid chunks of lamb and it was a mild medium sauce.
The chicken and mushroom bhuna didn’t disappoint and the byriani dish was smoky and delicious.
With just enough room left for a light dessert, my wife and I shared some pineapple ice cream, served inside half a pineapple – a nice touch, and a fresh way to finish the evening.
Our waiters were attentive throughout, only too happy to help with any request.
The restaurant’s website claims Amraj was a famous Indian prince, and in our experience they deliver food that is fit for a king.
by Graham Smyth