Restaurant review: When Bollywood Nights opened in New Road just before Christmas, I thought then it might be a welcome addition to the dining scene in the city centre, and on the back of Saturday’s meal I was spot on.
Ok, so the location is a bit on the fringes, but that apart there is not a lot to be said about this new Indian restaurant that isn’t positive. The service was good, the venue itself very nice indeed and the food was excellent.
And it was a winner on the value for money front also.
Owner Walter Mackintosh has done a great job converting the former Latinos restaurant which had lain dormant for three years or so.
It is bright and modern, very comfortable and spaciously set out - which is obviously important when you have little ones with you.
The menu is extensive, with plenty of vegetarian options and fish dishes that didn’t appear to be at a premium. Indeed I was tempted by the fish tikka - soft, light, delicate chunks of tilapia which had been marinated and cooked in the clay oven. I am not a fish lover but was well impressed with these - and a big portion too.
Rhia started with mushroom bhajis - a nice fried taste with the juicy mushroom keeping their flavour, while Donna delighted in her prawn puree - big, chunky prawns a mild but tasty sauce and soft puree.
As our plates were cleared we were asked if we were ready for our mains or would like to wait, which I thought was a nice touch - too often you can feel rushed .
Rhia followed up with the vegetable biryani, a huge portion with a mild curry, as she asked for.
The rice dish was moist and packed with tasty little vegetable morsels, and the sauce just spicy enough to remind you where you were.
My chicken kadai was much hotter, though nowhere near oppressive - I could still taste the spices - and the chicken breast chunks were not at all dry. It was also packed with crisp green pepper and onions, which added to the combination of flavours on offer.
I ordered it with a pilau rice which was light and fluffy and moist enough to eat on its own.
I know Walter is very proud of his clay ovens and Donna put them to the test with a chicken shashlik main course
It was good, very good in fact, evident from the nodding head as the first forkful went in.
I am not sure a slice of cucumber qualified as a salad , which usually accompanies the dish, but that’s by the by. It was much appreciated - but she says the best shashlik in town title stays with the nearby Jena’s.
We were all mightily impressed with what turned out to be a relaxing lunch and the bill - £50 with a tip - didn’t break the bank either.
8 out of 10
Bollywood Nights, New Road, Peterborough, PE1 1FW, telephone 01733 346474
In addition to the regular restaurant menu, Bollywood Nights does a lunchtime special featuring starters, tandoori dishes, main course curries and rice - two courses for £5.99 and three courses for £7.99.
There are also special offers available on group bookings and social events.