|The old restaurant.
A few years ago The Great Kathmandu extended premises into the old video shop and since then it's been more popular than ever. I still recognise some of the old faces, the manager and waiters from the 90's. Me and Mrs Bacon turned up early on Saturday evening. I'd been drinking Belgian beer all afternoon, so I knew that this would be perfect to soak up all the alcohol.
We ordered a jug of Mango Lassi and the Poppadoms and dips. Strangely, despite it being my favourite Indian/Nepalese, the poppadoms are crap, and always have been. They have holes in them for a start, letting all the yogurt filter through. The sauce pots are too small as well, so we always ask for more.
For starters we sometimes have the Paneer Chilli: Cottage cheese with green chillies, peppers & spice (£7.75) which are good, but on this occasion we order half a portion of Tandoori Chops; Tender lamb chops cooked in oriental herbs over charcoal (£4.25.) You can really taste the charcoal flavour, something that I've never seen quite as good elsewhere.
| Tandoori Chop. The other one was eaten before I could photograph it.
Also my old favourite of 20 years standing, the Seekh Kebab: Minced lamb seasoned with eastern herbs cooked on skewers over charcoal (1/2 £3.95.) I drench it in yogurt as usual.
Then comes the Pièce de résistance The Makhan Chara; Diced boneless chicken seasoned in butter with tomatoes and fresh cream (£7.95)
We've had variations over the years, including the Makhanwala with various meats in it, but this is still the best for us. The charcoal taste of the chicken (always better than most other Indian restaurants) and that amazing sauce. It is beautifully creamy with a Heinz tomato soup comforting element about it, but with just a little spice as well. We both order the same thing. This is just too precious to share.
It's just so delicious, I just eat it with a spoon, or put a load of it in the Garlic Nan (with real garlic pieces not powder.)
I'm not sure the nans are quite as good they once were, but the sauce hasn't changed a bit. I have no idea what any other dishes are like, I never order them, I just cannot resist this dish. Like I said, if I had a choice, it's be my last meal on earth.
|The new part.
Price: A reasonable £35 for two with no alcohol.
(If I'm drinking beer I always drink their own Kathmandu lager.)
Atmosphere: Always busy.
Food: Very Good. (well my dish is anyway.)
Star dish: MAKHAN CHARA.
140 Burton Rd, West Didsbury,
Manchester M20 1JQ