Gulshan

There’s something about a Friday night in Tynemouth that just feels right. Already having amazing stories to tell about this wonderful part of our region, I can now add another to the mix. That’s the story of my visit to Gulshan Indian Kitchen, Grill and Cocktail Bar.

According to Gulshan,

The menu at Gulshan is traditional yet modern at the same time, with dishes from most regions of Indian and Bangladesh. The menu comprises of all the traditional dishes such as the nation’s favourite…Chicken Tikka Mossala, Madras, Bhuna and Korma to name a few.

We also have our modern day Indian dishes in our very own Signature collection exclusive to Gulshan. Come and try out mouth-watering Chicken or Lamb Handi Staff Curry dish only available at Gulshan. We also have the very popular Gulshan Dopiaza and mouth-watering Beguna Gosht. All of these dishes are bursting with flavour, made by our highly skilled chefs with years of experience using only the freshest herbs, finest spices and locally sourced ingredients where possible.

Spices at the ready, let the evening commence!

Arriving with a spring in our step, up the stairs we went to the restaurant that was at a frenzy and filled to the rafters. Thankfully we were promptly taken to our seats which were incredible, right by the window on looking Tynemouth in all its glory.

Gulshan has a tremendous selection of options available on their food menu that are all carefully highlighted for allergens which made my life that so much easier! Brilliant. So to start, we ordered Lamb Chaat and Tandoori Mixed Kebab alongside Poppadoms and a selection of Pickles – Sweet Mango Chutney, Yogurt Mint Sauce, Mixed Pickle and Onion & Cucumber Salad. Shredded, soft and succulent, the lamb was beautifully cooked with onions, spices and tomatoes served with a puree. The mixed kebab was unreal. Tender chunks of chicken in spicy sauces served three ways. I realised now how to shut my colleague up, give him Gulshan’s Tandoori Mixed Kebab. Although our stomachs were churning before our appetisers (I hadn’t ate anything all afternoon) we couldn’t have asked for a better start.

On to the main attraction. Without hesitation, I chose Gulshan’s famous staff curry, Gulshan Handi Chicken (on the bone) and my colleague chose the Chicken Madras. For our sides, we decided on Gulshan House Special Pilau (Mixed with mushrooms, keema and egg) and a Garlic Naan. Here’s where the moment in time began to stop. Sometimes you need to give time a rest in order to absorb the moment in transcendence. Stating the Gulshan Handi Chicken as a ‘taste sensation’, I couldn’t agree more. Marinated tender chicken in a curry that was at a perfect spice for my palate, it packed a real punch of flavour and was just awesome. My colleague’s madras was hot and full of zing; he was in his element although his mouth was on fire. In fact, Gulshan were on fire.

As there wasn’t any room for dessert, I decided to celebrate with an Espresso Martini. Here’s to Gulshan, you were marvellous. You were a revelation. A marvellation. That word’s for you guys. Thank you for setting the room alight with love for us. Cheers. Until we meet again.

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