The guys over at Ruby Murrys contacted me and offered me a free dinner, so recently I accepted.
This is what I ordered and thought 🙂
8pc Mixed Pakora
Normally I dont say this about Pakora boxes but this was nicely presented, I like the Ruby Murry paper it was on as normally its just the pakora and nothing else.
It was mixed pakora so that included Mushroom, Chicken and Vegetable and all were 100% really tasty and had a nice flavour….this was very moreish.
Chicken Korma with Rice
I have ordered from Ruby Murry’s before but never went for the Korma, which is strange as Korma is one of my fav currys so tonight I did got it.
I started with the rice which was cooked perfectly, and had a really nice flavour…now to the Korma.
The Korma had a lovely sweet coconut flavour, which is exactly how I like my Korma’s and together with the rice were very very nice.
Note : Just because this was gifted, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the food.
Firstly a big thanks to the guys at Ruby Murry’s for my Friday night dinner.
Tonights food was really good, very tasty and I will continue to order from here like I have done in the past a few times.
If your in the area do check them out and let me know what you order 🙂
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Finally after many months on my list I visited Balbir’s Indian Restaurant.
I had heard from a few people here was very good, and the food was mega tasty so I had to see what it was like.
On entering tonight it was a busy busy night and we were told they were fully booked, but there was one table that was a maybe for us. The reason it was a maybe was a famous snooker player was late, and they didn’t know if they should allow it to be rebooked or not.
Lucky for us they allowed it to be rebooked.
Spicy Calamari (1/2 Hot) £5.50 Squid coated red chilli, with sharp tamarind dip
For me this is one dish that either will be good, or too chewy but when its good its very good so I thought I would see what it was like here plus the spicy part sounded interesting.
For me this was perfect, the Calamari was not chewy and very tasty. The spice part to this dish was not over powering.
Portion Size : 5 Flavour : 4.5 Presentation : 4
Value For Money : 5
Malai Korma £10.90 A mild curry, cooked in onion gravy with cream
I love Korma so when I go to any Indian restaurant for a first time this is one dish I always have, some places are meh and some are mmm
The Korma here was nice, very creamy but it was lacking a little more coconut taste for me as thats what I am kinda used to when I get a Korma.
Overall it was a really nice flavour, and a good portion size but maybe just a little bit too costly for Korma….and needed a little more coconut flavour to but thats a personal taste.
Portion Size : 5 Flavour : 4 Presentation : 5 Value For Money : 4
Overall my first time here was very good, it was very very busy tonight which is great for the business.
The food was very tasty and not lacking in flavour, the service and staff were all very good.
Yes, I did get this the last time but it was really really good, was it good second time round? Yes, just as nice! The meatballs are full of flavour and so is the sauce, a great combo.
From Turkish origin, braised chicken in mildly spiced sauce made with yogurt & ground cashew.
So this was a new one today, I am a big fan of Korma as I really love its smooth taste so I was very interested in trying Chaakoo’s.
It was really nice, nice and creamy…could have had some more coconut flavour to it but thats just me as I have a sweet tooth and like my Korma with plenty of coconut flavour….but as I said it was very nice.
JINGA MASALA £9.95
Huge prawns steeped overnight in our house masala marinade then gently charred.
Yes, yes I know what you’re thinking “Kris you had this last time” yes….but please try this and you will know why I had to have it again. One thing you may have noticed is the cost of this, I think I mentioned this in my last review but this is classes as a chef special.
(V) Crispy fried vegetable pakora.
I am a big fan of vegetable pakora, so I thought lets try it tonight and again I wasn’t disappointed it was very nice.
My favourite Indian dessert is Gulub Jamun, and I didn’t get this last time as I wanted to try something different so this time round it was a must.
This tasted different to any Gulub Jamun I have had before, for me this was more like deep fried dough balls. Dont get me wrong this was very nice, but very different to any Gulub Jamun I have had before.
Something I didn’t have the last time were some cocktails, so I thought lets even have one and try more next time. I was very lucky tonight as the manager asked Cal the mixologist to come over and talk me through the cocktail menu.
The cocktail menu is very unique at Chaakoo, what Cal did was some research in to India and then come up with names and unique tastes for every cocktail. What I think is really cool is that you will not find any of these cocktails at other restaurants or clubs, so if you’re a fan of trying new cocktails come try some.
Cal is very passionate about his job, and you could see he took pride in every single cocktail on the list. I really enjoyed listening to the breakdown of every cocktail.
This night I tried two cocktails :
THE DIPLOMAT’S VISIT £6.50
Diplomatico Reserva, Ting, cinnamon tincture — Bitter yet refreshing with a subtle coconut avour
This cocktail is a very easy to drink cocktail, and very refreshing.
When you taste it, you get a subtle orange flavour and just as that goes a quick and very subtle hint of cinnamon for a split second.
If you have pigged out like me and need something light to drink to end the night then go for this cocktail.
MIRCH & CHOKALET £7.50
Cocchi Torino, Arbikie chilli vodka, fresh orange, nutmeg, egg white — Sweet with subtle spice and the texture of a cloud
When Cal was going through the list, this is one that stood out for me and I knew I wanted to try it.
Just like the other cocktail when you drink this you get a sutble flavlour or chocolate then a quick burst of the chilli. The chilli kick is not in anyway overpowering or painful, its just a quick hint that lasts for a second or two.
Both cocktails I would have again, as both were very enjoyable.
Overall my second visit was just as good as the last, the staff were very friendly and very attentive just like last time.
Cal was very nice and very passionate as I said and I enjoyed learning about the cocktails, and Annie the waitress she served us the first time and again tonight very friendly and very nice.
Again if you haven’t been yet, do go you will not be disappointed!