5 Top Indian Curry Houses in Kettering
Ever just sitting at home wanting a great Indian curry at a traditional Indian curry house and you are not sure where to go. then check 5 of our favourite restaurants for that great curry experience.
Balti and Vegetarian Specialist
Situated at the bottom corner of the town centre opposite the old market place is the Red rose Indian restaurant. It’s been there for 26 years to date and has proven to be a popular to eat and drink at both mid~week and at the weekends. Parking can sometimes be limited due to the location but don’t be put off by that as its central location makes it is easily walked to, or just a short taxi ride if your on the edges of the town.
The menu is a varied one with all the usual suspects such as ~ Biriani, Madras , Dansak and all the usual sides to accompany the mains. The starters are also the usual suspects that you expect to find in a town centre Indian however the gourmet specials are a very tasty menu both in the starters and the mains, based on various regions of the Indian country this gives a varied representation of each regions style of cooking and individuality to each dish you choose, and definitely gives you a taste of India.
Compared to the others in the town which are covered in this review the chief at the Red Rose slightly more spices than the others, however mostly you are asked if you have any preference to the way you would like it cooked, and as a regular can vouch that this really is the case. The Madras is particularly popular and slightly spicier than others but at the same time the unique spices that are used an definitely be tasted. Usually I would choose a mushroom rice with Keema naan to accompany the Madras after a chicken chaat starter.
Special offer saw are available Monday ~ Wednesday where you can enjoy any starter, main, side and rice or naan plus desert for £9.95 and 20% off at Sunday lunch times. All in all the Red Rose is a fantastic restaurant with good lager to accompany good food along with friendly staff an good value. http://www.redroserestaurant.co.uk
THE ROYAL BENGAL
Classic Bangladeshi Food
The Royal Bengal is the first Indian curry house to open in Kettering according to most people. However this statement has been challenged on a number of occasions with local Kettering residents, and I’ve yet to find out the actual truth about Kettering’s first Indian curry restaurant to open. Situated on Rockingham road Kettering at the top end of the town this local and popular restaurant is one of Kettering’s most notorious.
They offer a fantastic Sunday buffet for just £5.95 per head and with children’s prices at half that figure it makes a fantastic offer for an all you can eat meal. Other meal deals include a set meal for four at £44.95, this includes 4 starters, Tandoori chicken, chicken kebab, prawn on purée and onion Bahji. The mains includes chicken tikka masala, prawn Parthia, King prawn Bhoona, mutter paneer, mushroom Bahji, Tarka dall, four pilau rice, two plain naan and four poppadoms .The set meal for two is £24.95 and is tandoori king prawns and Hasina kebab for starters. The mains are half Tandoori chicken, Tandoori slashstick, vegetable curry, keema naan and poppadom.
There is a wide range of traditional Indian curry dishes on offer in a very extensive menu including vegetarian and halal dishes to suit persons that wish to dine at this restaurant. The dishes her seem to be cooked slightly less spicy by the chef leaving you with a choice of adding extra spice when ordering your food with the waiter. So a rule of thumb I use is that in the Royal Bengal is that a vindaloo is slightly spicier than a Madras in most other Indian restaurants.
The Royal Bengal is a fantastic long standing Indian curry restaurant with a long running stem of loyal clientele, it’s history and trade speaks for itself and along with all the other Indian curry restaurants in Kettering offers a full takeaway menu and Indian lagers which are always served chilled and refreshing. https://www.tripadvisor.com
Modern Style Venue
The Raj is by far the coolest in decor and atmosphere as far as Indian curry restaurants go in Kettering and its surrounding areas. Established in 1991 it sits along Kettering’s busy Rockingham road, a stones throw away from the town centre (And the Royal Bengal). Parking is readily available at the Sainsburys car park opposite the restaurant and it’s a completely satisfying experience to dine in the Raj at any time.
Upstairs in the Raj is a fantastic function room/wine bar with mirrored ceilings and white leather sofas and a fantastic bar with a wide range and great selection of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails. Theres a baby grand piano in the corner by the huge windows overlooking the edges of Kettering’s busy town centre and is open all hours to guests and casual passers by, or you can enjoy cocktails and pre~drinks before a night on the town. If you pick a weekend night when the pianist is playing it adds to the atmosphere and makes it an even more special venue.
There is also a shish-a terrace offering classic flavours such as Double Apple, Grape, Mint, Plum, Bubblegum and also pomegranate. The Raj offers traditional food at a very competitive rate and is open 7 days a week. They specialise in fish dishes and the Al a carte menu is just fantastic, the prices are slightly higher for the mains but well worth every penny, and the sea food platter is simply the best I’ve ever tasted.
It’s averagely busy during week nights and for weekend tables, booking in advance would be highly recommendable however they will offer to list you on a cancellation call if a vacancy becomes available. http://therajrestaurant.net
THE EXOTIC DINING
A Hidden Gem
Exotic Dining really does do what it says on the tin. Situated right on the very edge of the town centre along Newlands street this place is fantastic. It’s a very unassuming place by its appearance as its not easily noticed sitting above a charity shop. You could easily walk straight past it without even realising. Good food, good service and word of mouth from satisfied customers is what has made this place slightly easier to locate.
It’s a great place to grab a takeaway and collect a 10% discount on arrival. It’s a great place if your not up to much mid week and fancy a good old curry on your own or with the other half as its open 7 days a week and usually averagely full on weekday evenings. I would say booking in advance would be advisable for weekend tables but you could always pop up to have a look anyway as the staff and managers are all very accommodating and always happy to help.
If you fancy a novelty night with a difference you could always go for the legendary signature dish ~ the Zebra steak with sautéed potatoes and a red wine jus, or just a plain and boring camel steak, or maybe a moderate portion of Kangaroo! Yes it’s true, these are all on the menu. These are a fantastic twist to a night and very tasty as well, I can vouch for this as I’ve tried them all. Or if your feeling really flush one night or you have some good news to celebrate then why not try the One Night Millionaire Meal for two. Priced at a mere £475 it’s a Royal treat, with a starter of Iranian crystal caviar and jumbo Lobster and Langoustines, peri peri style sea food Biriani and pepper naan, with a side of Tiger prawn stir fry and a bottle of champagne. I haven’t tried this particular set meal for two as its a minimum 72 hours notice to order in advance and I would need 3 months to save up for it! Altogether The Exotic Dining is a firm favourite for many people in Kettering from all walks of life, me included. http://www.dineexotic.co.uk
The Punjabi Masala is a very different establishment to any of the other Indian curry restaurants in Kettering. Situated along Bath road in what used to be the Minature Riffle Band club, it’s changed hands and really is a place of interest.
Inside it’s got pool tables and gambling machines and the origional bar that was there before from when it was the club. At the back of the building is the open kitchen where all the food is prepared, and to the left of the bar is the restaurant which used to be the function room, this is now populated with long rows of well dressed tables.
At any time you can enter the premises, have a beer at the bar, a game of pool and order a takeaway, or have a sit down meal in the well decorated dining room if you prefer.
This place has a very local Indian feel to it and this is also reflected in the food. It has a very distinctive home style of cooking that’s not experienced at any of the other Indian restaurants in Kettering. The food is simple and fantastic. It’s a fantastic place a builder, bank clerk, factory worker or pretty much anyone to call in on your way home from work and pick up a very tasty tea, or to enjoy a lovely Indian/Punjabi home style cooked meal in the restaurant itself. The chicken tikka starter is is amongst the best I’ve ever had and the Punjabi special masala is highly recommendable in my opinion. It’s well priced, well spiced and altogether I’d say the best in Kettering, the staff are great, very friendly and the atmosphere is fun and welcoming. https://www.facebook.com