Andrew Edwards tries the Shamraat early evening menu
SEEKING out dining bargains has become a necessary obsession for people who don’t want the downturn to stop them enjoying a meal out.
If we are not downloading vouchers, we are looking out for teatime specials ... or taking advantage of the exclusive deals in this section of your newspaper.
Now the Shamraat Indian restaurant in Southport has joined the cut-price crusade, pitching tea time meals, including starters, main courses and sundries, at just £9.95 per person. The specials are between 5.30pm and 7pm; and you are talking about arriving between those times, not completing your meals!
This little diamond on Stanley Street is now giving diners the chance to sample what’s on offer with a menu that provides plenty of variety across a range of Indian favourites.
This is a restaurant that has maintained consistently high standards for years.
I tried out the new menu with my wife and daughter and we all tried something different.
It was nice that the menu was assembled with the customer experience in mind and the “must haves” like the popadoms (with pickle tray) the naan breads and rice are part of the deal. So there are no extras to crank up your bill, apart from your drinks of course.
We ordered our starters and mains and then got stuck into a nice pile of papadoms as our mouths watered in anticipation of what was to follow.
I went for the lamb tikka starter followed by the chicken jalfrezi, with basmati rice. Both were delicious and the portions plentiful.
My wife opted for tandoori chicken wings followed by the lamb balti. She assured me it was excellent.
And our daughter loved the onion bhajis followed by the chicken tikka bhuna.
The menu is a hit. The price extremely good and the quality exceptional. And the beauty is, there is plenty more on the menu to come back for again.