Imagine the end of a great night out, you’re on the dance-floor, when, ‘HELLO’, the lights come on: bright-blue, blinding neon lights! Be prepared if it is your first time dining out at the Mughal, the blue-strobe lighting effects can be seen from outer space. Sunglasses at the ready!
Obscurely situated at the far end of Cheadle high-street; boldly stands ‘THE MUGHAL’. An Indian Balti Restaurant which claims to be the only Indian Restaurant – in Staffordshire – offering a full range of English dishes off their extensive menu. Catering for all ‘curry lovers, and ‘traditional English diners’, the Mughal serves generous portions with generous smiles, an incredibly friendly Indian Restaurant serving the best tasting Peshwari Nans ever imaginable, coupled with disco lights and a party atmosphere.
Upon being seated, we were presented with a heaped platter of poppadoms – and the dipping chutneys to accompany! To our disappointment the chutney was watery and overly sweet, the other sundries – however – were tasty and to our satisfaction.
For mains, we ordered a Chicken Tandoori Shaslick – which was served with onions and peppers; and, a Chicken Tikka Rogan Josh. To accompany the dishes, a Peshwari Nan and Vegetable Rice were selected off the sundries menu. Both dishes and sundries reached the table within 2o minutes of placing our order; in the mean-time the service staff kept us topped-up with drinks and entertaining conversation.
The mains arrived, and sampled first was the vegetable rice, every grain was cooked to perfection, and, it was lovely to see ‘actual vegetables’ in the rice dish itself – it was delicious and there was tons of it to go around. A definite score!
The Chicken Tikka Rogan Josh was lacking in flavour and was slightly bland; however; this was modestly made up for with the largest chicken chunks ever imaginable in a curry dish!
Unlike most Peshwari Nans – which reveal a soggy texture in the core – the Mughal’s Nan did not! Their Nan was to die for: the filling consisted of sweet coconut and succulent raisons, brown sugar and a saffron essence to bind all of the ingredients together. The filling was simply scattered into the Nan before it was sealed and delivered immediately to the table, the Nan was tantalizing and highly recommended to future diners. A winner!
Both chicken dishes were cooked well; the chicken was tender, possessed ample moisture and delivered on flavour.
If you are a big meat eater who craves big portions; then; the Mughal is the curry house for you. The prices are very reasonable and the staff will do their upmost to ensure that your every need is met! The disco type lightning may put some diners off; however, it is a worth-while compromise just to taste the Peshwari Nan!