Eats: Sholay Indian Kitchen, Bristol

Sholay Chaat

Last weekend I had one of my oldest friends, Sammy visiting. She lives in Geneva where they are seriously lacking in good Indian food, so having heard good things and spotted a Wriggle deal there, decided to try Sholay Indian Kitchen down at Cargo, Wapping Wharf.

The deal consisted of two small plates and two large plates for £16 instead of £24, so we took the Sholay Chaat (samosa and chickpea chaat), Pav Bahji (described as an Indian Street food classic – but something totally new to me!), Baigan Moilee (aubergine coconut curry) and Tawa Murgh (chicken breast with bell pepper sauce). We accompanied these with Tarka Dal, Pulao Rice and Indian breads. (We also polished off a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, yes I did happen to have my own wine cooler with me – we’d been down to the harbourside beforehand 🥂😂)

A beautiful spread!

The food was beautifully presented – the chaat in particular was a feast for the eyes which my shadow addled picture does absolutely no justice for! Plus I love good crockery. Everything was a little different to the ‘norm’ at an Indian which we loved too, I saw ‘bhaji’ and thought fritter, but what appeared was a delicious, buttery, thick vegetable curry and a buttered roll. I can see why it’s a classic – this was my highlight and I will definitely seek it out in future!!

My grilled Somerset chicken breast was well cooked and the accompanying pepper ‘sauce’ (it was thick and packed with peppers, like an indian pepperonata perhaps?) was delicately flavoured and could maybe have benefited with a bit of extra kick, but it was an interesting alternative to a traditional curry. Sammy was pleased with her aubergine offering, the rice was fragrant and the daal flavoursome and a great consistency. The breads smothered in garlic butter were scrumptious – when they eventually arrived, well worth the wait although it meant I forgot to take a pic (doh!)

Overall we were really pleased with our lunch. The portion sizes for the large plates were perhaps a little on the small side, however with the voucher we used our meal still felt good value, particularly for the quality of the food. And of course the location is fantastic – we were able to go for a much needed Sunday stroll after our feast!

Food: 9
Service: 8
Ambience: 7 (we ate outside, which was glorious but unfortunately there weren’t many other diners)
Value: 8 (with voucher)
Overall: 8/10

Where: Unit 17, Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6ZA

Beautiful day for a harbour side stroll 💙


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