Well after picking up my wife, Gail from the airport this morning (She’d just landed back from the UK), we decided to head down to the new Indian restaurant in Hondon de los Frailes. It turns out this was a very wise decision!
Having lived in Altrincham in the UK, (not far from the curry mile) I would like to think we have high expectations of our favourite cuisine.
We’ve not had a curry in Spain since we’ve arrived and we needed our spice fix quickly.
The waiter, a lovely chap, very polite and quite introverted provided us the extensive menu, which on close inspection didn’t advertise the early bird menu which we’d heard about.
Having enquired, the early bird menu is indeed available up until 7pm at the weekend and during the week. It includes any starter, any main (excluding prawns) and either a naan or rice for 9.95 euros.
The lamb tikka starter alone is over 6 euros so this seemed too good to be true but on clarification this indeed was included.
The three of us ordered drinks (large beer, water, glass of tinto), onion bhajis, lamb tikka, chicken pakora for starters, followed by mango chicken, chicken rogan josh, and a beef madras for mains along with 1 garlic naan, 1 peshawari naan, 1 keema rice and 1 portion of chips.
Lovely poppadum’s arrived without ordering which was a nice touch including the usual mint sauce, chutney and onions.
The starters soon arrived and they were spot on – very fresh. We were past step 2 and things were looking good!
The mains arrived and it looked impressive. The naan bread was probably the best I’ve eaten. The taste was spot on and the texture was perfect.
The curries had a fresh, fragrant taste, (not swimming in oil) and I was very HP with the keema rice.
My daughter had a desert – mango cream which she enjoyed and the waiter provided us a free drink on the house, another beer, a coke for my daughter and a large glass of wine. Hells bells this place was getting better and better!
The bill came to 35.35 euros and to add further embarrassment to this unbelievable deal, we were given a bottle of red wine along with our doggy bag.
What a place this is, I can’t recommend it highly enough. I had to shake both the waiter and the chefs hand on delivering such a fab experience. Thank god we have a great Indian restaurant so close by should we quickly need to get our spice fix.
Well done Punjabi Virsa – there is no question about it – we will be back!
(Feb 2017 update) We visited the restaurant this week and the food was excellent again. We did have to wait a little while for the mains but the food was clearly fresh and that’s a compromise I’m willing to accept. We can confirm the early bird is no longer available. In December we also visited other Indian restaurants in Catral that continue to offer set menus. We personally found the main courses not up to the same standard and the 40 minute round trip from La Romana makes it false economy. Personally we won’t be going anywhere else!