Renowned for the many Indian restaurants available, Ocean Road in South Shields is a curry lover’s paradise. The question is… Which one do you choose?
Having been there for over 40 years, I chose Radhuni. In the past three years, it has been revamped and extended twice which has generated a wonderful, sleek, modern setting. It is impossible to be unimpressed. The classy style, the ambient lighting, the golden interior, there’s even a colourful cycle rickshaw as you walk in. As we entered, we were greeted by a joyful young man who took us to the bar area to wait for our table to be prepared. We were handed the drinks menu and decided to have prosecco which came in the fanciest flute I’ve ever seen. It was a great start, fizz in a flute on a Friday night… The night had begun.
We were asked by a different waiter if we were happy to be served poppadoms which we gleefully agreed to; we were starving. He also left us the menu. Happily, my night was made when I saw the Radhuni allergy advice section which made it easy to order from if you have any. They highlight 14 allergies from nut, gluten, milk and even sulphur dioxide. Big thumbs up Radhuni. When the poppadoms came they were accompanied with mint, pickle, chutney, onions, and garlic butter. They all were a delight but the garlic butter really was immense.
For our starters, another waiter took our order which was scallops and a mixed kebab. The scallops, presented lovely on a black plaque, were lightly spiced and had a lovely texture that was just right. Not too soft, just the way I enjoy them most. They were the best scallops I’ve had in a long time. They came with fried onions, peppers, fenugreek and a wonderful mild sweet almond sauce. The mixed kebab of chicken tikka, sheek kebab and an onion bhaji could’ve been a main in itself. Again, it was presented exquisitely. My colleague struggled to finish it but he certainly did his best as in his words it was ‘outstanding.’
For our mains, yet another waiter took our order. I ordered Zameri Hansh which was barbecued prime duck breast served with a zingy orange sauce and keema rice. The rice looked a picture in the small silver saucepan it came served in. It was another beautifully presented course. From the moment the duck touched my taste buds I was won over. It was so tasty and then the zesty orange hits you right at the back of your throat. I have to say I was intrigued yet quite uncertain about the dish before I ordered but I can safely say it was a taste I want more of. That’s just what Radhuni does; they take you on a taste bud adventure that you don’t want to end. My colleague ordered the chicken madras and in the spice, the chicken just fell apart as soon as you touched it. The garlic naan was a triumph too as it was soon gone once all of the curry had gone too. I have to say you certainly get your monies worth at Radhuni. We were stuffed.
There wasn’t any room for dessert but there was ice-cream and coffee available. They provided warmed, scented hand wipes that came as a lovely surprise to end what was a wonderful night. Radhuni is everything you want an Indian restaurant experience to be… A glam setting with hints of India, a great atmosphere, superb food and you leave feeling satisfied with your night. We were certainly happy with our choice of Radhuni. Although I usually prefer to have one waiter or waitress for the night, it did give us a chance to meet everyone which suits the style of the restaurant. Well done Ahmed and your team at Radhuni… A must if you enjoy Indian cuisine.