Curry delight at The Cumin restaurant
Our beautiful city is famous for its very own curry lane – Maid Marian Way is the street where many of Nottingham’s Indian restaurants are located, and where any Indian curry lover would feel at home. You’ll know you’re in the right place after crossing the street from the Old Market Square towards the Nottingham Castle, because of the deliciously tempting smell of Indian spices that hangs in the air.
We visited The Cumin restaurant last week on a warm summer evening. The weather was perfect for an evening meal out, and we decided to pay a visit to one of our favourite Indian restaurants in Nottingham. We enjoy a good curry, and Cumin never seems to fail our expectations. As regular customers, we know the owners and the staff pretty well. They always make us feel very welcome.
After arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by Monika, the wife of one of the owners. She’s always a delight to talk to and makes us feel at home. We were seated upstairs at a quiet table for two. It was rather early in the evening so the restaurant was still quiet. We like to dine at Cumin especially on weekdays as it’s slightly less busy than during the weekend – when everyone seems to want a piece of their tandoori chicken. As regular customers, we know exactly what we want and how the dishes should taste to please our taste buds.
First we ordered drinks, a glass of white wine and mango lassi, along with a basket of poppadoms and a set of three chutneys. For starters, I picked my favourite tandoori salmon, while my guest settled on the spicy chilli chicken. They were both delicious. My salmon was fresh, tender and aromatic. I wasn’t brave enough to try the chilli chicken as I am not really “hot dish tolerant” but my guest assured me that it was really tasty. For the main course I decided to go with murg shimla mirch, succulent chicken morsels and bell peppers cooked in a spicy and fragrant tomato sauce. My guest picked mutter paneer, cubes of homemade cottage cheese and green peas delicately spiced and cooked in a light onion and tomato sauce. We complimented our dishes with garlic naan and pilau rice. One naan and rice was more than enough to share between us. After finishing our mains, we had absolutely no space for deserts. Our starters and mains were just right to satisfy our appetites, and we even took a bit home with us. We were pleasantly surprised when the owners decided to pack us two gulab jamuns to have later at home.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at The Cumin restaurant. We complimented the chef on our way out and promised to be back soon for another delicious meal.
See the list of other splendid curry houses in Nottingham.