Huddersfield's love affair with the curry continues – despite the fact that many diners over a certain age have never even tried one.
At a time when many eateries are struggling, another restaurant featuring food from the Indian sub continent has just opened.
Following on the heels of Pink Elephant and Balooshai in Honley and Desi Buffet in Birkby, the latest addition to Huddersfield’s ever-expanding stable is Street, The Curry Bistro in Lindley.
Street began life on June 12 in the Acre Street premises previously occupied by Thai Chilli.
With so much competition, restaurants have to find a position in the market and owner chef Shehzad Hussain has placed his new bistro firmly at the upmarket end of the spectrum.
He describes his new venture as Pakistani cuisine and Street as his latest creative vision. Alongside traditional fare with a new twist are more unusual dishes such as hara (green) stir fry, murgh potlis (chicken breast parcels stuffed with coriander), nach gana (sweet hot plum puree with chilli) and braised spiced lamb.
In opening in Acre Street, the former Lindley Infant and Junior pupil has returned to his roots. In the intervening years he has built up a name for himself.
Shehzad’s parents opened Memsahib, opposite the university, in 1990 and he went on to open his first restaurant, Balooshai in Honley, followed by the restaurant of the same name under the arches in Huddersfield town centre.
In 2004 he sold these and four years later opened The Street which has developed a reputation for its buffet which has good fresh food at reasonable prices – £11.50 during the week and £12.95 at weekends.
When we visited Street (without a The) last Sunday evening, the restaurant was about half full. The interior decor is rich and Eastern, walls have been painted in block colours of terracotta, lime green and ochre offset by a purple ceiling. Some of the chairs were left over from the Thai era and added to the Oriental feel.
The description may sound odd, but everything pulled together to create a deep, rich ambiance. The sort of place that would work either for a romantic meal for two or a meal out with friends or business partners.
Prices were above average for an “Indian” restaurant, reflecting the new ethos and differentiating it from the Brighouse restaurant. Our bottled beers were £3.25 and we had two each, which added £13 to the bill. Street is, however, getting draught beer in the near future, which should keep costs down.
Unusually for an Asian restaurant, most diners were drinking large glasses of wine, with prices for a bottle started at £12 for bin ends.
Street has an excellent array of 21 starters (£4 to £9) with several fish dishes. I had the haddock masala and a large half fillet arrived baked in a red spicy sauces. The fish was tasty, moist and packed a kick.
My dining companion opted for the seek kebab (the one shaped like a sausage). Four arrived, they were lightly cooked, beautifully spiced and the best that either of us had ever tasted – and, as regular curry eaters, that’s saying something.
Main courses ranged from £6.50 for vegetable dishes to £12.50 for gosht anari – minted lamb steaks with pomegranate and rose petals drizzled with lime jus.
We opted for garlic butter karhai with lamb and chicken Thai mal ai. I have to say, I was disappointed with this latter dish, but partly blame myself for ordering it, I should have gone with the restaurant’s strengths and stuck to Pakistani cuisine.
The sauce was a slightly sweet curry, it was pleasant enough, but I didn’t get a sense of coconut and would have liked to see some vegetables accompanying the lean slices of chicken.
The lamb dish was delicious. Tender, quality cubes of lamb in a rich, creamy sauce with yoghurt and tomatoes.
VERDICT: If you’re looking for an Asian restaurant a bit different from the rest and prepared to pay a little more, this could be the place for you.
Street, The Curry Bistro
16 Acre Street, Lindley, HD3 3DU
Telephone: 01484 544226
Website: Not yet
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm to 11pm, Sunday: 4pm to 10pm
Disabled access: No
The bill: £45.75 for two with four beers
Would you go back?: Yes