Coriander, Albert Road.

I must admit that seeing the neon green sign go up a number of months ago didn’t exactly fill me with hope. The last incarnation “Monsoon” was pretty dreadful, and what is another curry house in the sea of establishments that is Albert Road? However, with time and testimonials, word got out that Coriander was worth a visit. Thankfully a friend chose this spot to enjoy a birthday meal and before I knew it I was browsing their menu online. BYOB? Jackpot. Dining out is a bit of a luxury these days, so any eatery that offers this sort of arrangement get’s my vote, keeps costs down drastically and there is no bill time moaning about whomever had that extra pint… Since I can remember it has been the Balti House across the road that held the coveted title of local BYOB curry house, thankfully this is no more and I am more than happy to welcome Coriander to the fold. So, what was the food like? Like many of it’s peers, Coriander bills itself as modern Indian cuisine and it that respect it certainly lived up to it’s name. My king prawn puri starter was excellent (despite the jazzy sauce display) and my tamarind duck was more than acceptable; satisfying sweet and sour notes (in an Indian fashion) but could of done with a bit more heat as I requested. Another minor gripe would be wanting to have my chunks of duck a tad larger, but with such good quality curry one is happy to overlook that. Coriander’s menu also pushes the fish dishes, which whilst I didn’t order one, does give me confidence in their abilities. Albert Road is a competitive place for curry houses, your Jaipurs and Aubergines have already established themselves as very popular options amongst the more discerning spice aficionados, however I believe Coriander will do well for itself and I shall certainly be offering them my custom when I need a decent meal out that doesn’t break the bank.

bhajisprawn puristamarind duck

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