By Ninder Kaur
Bradford has been awarded Curry Capital of the year over the last four consecutive years and despite hitting up one of the mainstream Indian restaurants, I decided to check out the recently refurbished Omar Khan’s.
Located in the heart of the city centre in Bradford, Omar Khan’s is ideally the favourite location for Alhambra Theatre, St. Georges Hall and the Media Museum visitors.
Established over 30 years ago formally known as the Shah Jehan, Omar Khan has driven
his ambition and passion in providing quality Asian cuisine emphasising on nostalgic tradition, authentic culture, and the creative combination of culturally enriched ingredients in transforming his work into a memorable dining experience at the newly refurbished Omar Khan’s.
This was my first visit to the longstanding restaurant and I’d be lying to say I wasn’t excited to check it out.
On our arrival, warm and friendly staff members welcomed us. We were then led to the seating area where we were handed menus and our drinks orders were taken.
It was nice to see that complimentary poppadum’s and a pickle tray were brought to our table (which is very rare at most Indian restaurants these days).
The menu offered a number of choices including your usual Indian classics, as well
as the old school favourites. There were also options for children and a selection of English dishes available, for those less accustomed to fire-burning food. The restaurant also offers visitors a fully licensed bar.
The ambience of the restaurant was just right, everything from the lighting to temperature to the general cleanliness. It wasn’t over packed and the customers all seemed to be well looked after. These days, waiters investing time into their customers is a rarity so it was nice to see that here at Omar’s.
The décor now has a more modern contemporary feel, making it an enjoyable dining out experience.
In terms of the food, there was a lot to choose from. I was impressed with the staff on their knowledge of the food and popular dishes that were on offer.
For starters, my guest ordered the mixed sizzler, which was highly recommended by the waiter whilst I decided on the samosa chaat. We weren’t waiting long before the generous portions arrived.
When it came to ordering the mains. I was recommended to order the Chicken Haryali. However, I was leaning towards trying the Omar Khan’s Chicken Tikka Masala house specialty having been dubbed as ‘OK’s award winning dish’. So naturally, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
When the food arrived, it was well presented. However, after trying the
dish I was a little disappointed. The perfectly tender chicken was drowning in floods of oil. The waiter emphasised on how I should have taken his advice and luckily he allowed me to sample the Haryali. At that moment, it was love at first taste. It was different to anything I had ever tasted before. The ground spices, crushed garlic, ginger and fresh chilies complimented each other well creating an aromatic taste.
For the dessert, I ordered the Caramel Fantastica, which was just what I needed to sweeten my palette.
Despite the chef of 15 years being off work the day that I paid my visit, I would highly recommend this restaurant for its inspired regional cooking, fantastic service, relaxed environment and value for money. With the food being spot on right now, I can only imagine how great it would be when the head chef is at work.
For an affordable £20 I was able to order a 3-course meal, which will definitely not fall short of satisfying your tastebuds. My only criticism to my dining out experience is that more dessert options would have been nice and a more newly designed menu would have gone nicely with the new look.
With that being said, I strongly believe that curry houses like these deserve more recognition for its flavoursome food and exceptional customer service.
Omar Khan’s is a 60 seater restaurant and is open 7 days a week.
To find out more visit- www.omarkhans.co.uk