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[Altrincham, Greater Manchester] Dilli

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Harters Nov 26, 2013 01:41 PM

Our last visit here, just over a year ago, was a less than stellar experience so we went with some trepidation. And it’s fair to say that the standard of service doesn’t match the standard of the food. You might say it’s “dillitory”, even though there were only three tables occupied on an early evening. However, the food does mean that it remains one of a very small number of places in the south of the metro area that are more than the “any protein with any sauce” high street curry house.

Seekh kebabs might be old school curry house but, when done well as here, they can be fab. Three moist, tasty, kebabs well spiced and accompanied by a mint chutney and a little salad of chopped pepper, cucumber and carrot. Really good.

The other starter was an interesting take on the samosa. Here, a couple of ragda samosas had been crushed to form the base for a chaat. The filling of potatoes and peas were well spiced and there was a good drizzle of yoghurt and tamarind to liven things up.

For mains, aloo gobi was as good a rendition as you’re likely to come across. Dry, with the sauce just clinging to “al dente” cauliflower and much softer potato, this was quite punchy with chilli coming to the fore. The menu claims that it is cooked in a Jodhpuri style but I’ve no idea how the cooking from that city might differ from other preparations – all we know is that it was really enjoyable.

We also had a Punjabi dish of rara murgh. Google tells me “rara” means “dry”, so it was no surprise that the sauce was doing little more than clinging to the chunks of chicken. There was good flavour from ginger and chilli, but they didn’t overpower the rounded background spicing. For carbs, we demolished some plain basmati rice and a nicely flaky parantha.

As mentioned earlier, the service does let Dilli down – and I can think of a couple of places where the food is better – but it’s still worth a try, particularly for the kebabs and the range of vegetarian dishes.