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Lal Haweli

68-72 Wilmslow Road
Rusholme
Manchester
M14
Tel: 0161-248 9700

This is our second visit to Lal Haweli about a year after we first reviewed this restaurant.

Lal Haweli is hard to miss, even in the bright lights of Rusholme, as it is one of the largest and brightest restaurants on the Wilmslow Road. It has now been established long enough to win a reputation for itself amongst curry connoiseurs. Therefore, when we were invited back, by manager Salim to see for ourselves, we were delighted to witness a vibrant and friendly restaurant where the quality of the food and service stand out.

Lal Haweli is a large modern, air conditioned, licensed restaurant. It has a clean pastel green decor giving a light fresh feel to the place. It has a more upmarket feel to it than many of the other restaurants in the area.

On this occasion we had poppadoms and a selection of chutneys and pickles to start whilst we studied the menu and ordered a refreshing pint of lager.

We had mixed starters which were extremely tasty. The lamb and chicken tikka were moist and tender and suitably spiced. The sheek kebab was fresh and spicy with a good hint of fresh green chili. The starters were served with a fresh crisp side salad and portion sizes were excellent.

After such wholesome starters we wondered if we could do the main course justice. I'm pleased to report that we did our best. The keema karahi was exceptional, the chili chicken was extremely pleasant and spicy. The chili sauce was sweet and piquant at the same time, the chicken was tender strips of filet in a light batter. We also had a Nepalese style of lamb curry, which was a little similar to karahi lamb is the best way I can describe it. Of the main courses this was probably my favourite, although Sandro & I agreed that all three dishes were excellent.

The main courses were accompanied by cashew nut and pea pillau rice. This was the first time I had tried this style of rice and I enjoyed the crunchy texture of the cashew nuts against the softer texture of the rice and peas. It was beautiful. We also had onion and garlic kulcha, which is a type of nan bread stuffed with onion and garlic and plain chappati.

We finished with coffee, to round off an excellent meal. Also Salim entertained us with his legendary card tricks. Apparently he used to be a professional magician and is a member of the Magic Circle. He had a brilliant repertoire with which he keeps the customers entertained, so much so that he is now a local attraction!

The restaurnat prices are still higher than average for the area but still on a par with the more prestigious restaurants. Considering the surroundings and the quality of the food and entertainment, Lal Haweli, is in our opinion excellent value and well worth a visit.

Verdict: Excellent food, service, and if you are lucky entertainment courtesy of Salim and his magic tricks. Hightly recommended.

05/12/00

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Total Score: 67%
Quality: Good
Service: Good
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Good

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