Over the last few years, a trip out involving curry has been on the agenda for New Year’s Day and this year was no exception, except that we went on January 2 instead!

Prashad, Bradford

86 Horton Grange Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 2DW
Mon closed; Tue-Fri 11-15, 18-22.30; Sat-Sun 11-22.30
01274 575893

Update – Prashad have moved. Read here

Prashad is a back street curry house (but on a main road) in a not particularly posh bit of Bradford where we had to exercise caution parking due to the amount of glass on the road.

Has that put you off? No? Oh well, read on…

Prashad recently featured in the final (and the preceding heats too) of Ramsay’s Best Restaurants and was just pipped at the post by the winning restaurant. That must be a bit of a clue to how good it is.

We arrived a touch early and were shown across the road to the ‘Punjab Lounge’ – a bit like a doctor’s waiting room but with the walls adorned with awards and a special display case full of Ramsey-ana! Sat behind the desk was the chatty waiter who now appears to be receptionist / front of house.

Soon we were seated in the restaurant and choosing our meals.

Even the poppadoms were a bit different – they were home made and made into a cone shape, served with a selection of chutneys and pickles.

Starters came in the shape of the ‘Mixed Platter’. I can’t really remember everything, but they all were absolutely stunning.

For main course, we shared Bhinda (okra) and Black Eyes Beans, with Jemma having Kichdi and me roti, all washed down with mango lassi. Again, the food was faultless, apart from the roti being a tad on the small side. The food was well spiced, but not overly hot. The blend of a just a few spices in both the dishes was just right.

Service was good too – the waiters were friendly and helpful but not pushy.

Unfortunately, part of the restaurant that used to be their sweet centre and deli has been converted into a restaurant seating area. They’re also looking for new premises, possibly in the Harrogate area. I just hope this doesn’t detract from their concept of excellent homestyle food.

Overall opinion? I’ll be back!