Sunday, November 25, 2007

Restaurant Review - Cafe Guru

Last Friday night Victoria and I (plus 12 others) went to Cafe Guru. This is an Indian restaurant in the centre of Sheffield and is a 'proper' restaurant instead of the usual curry house that we English love to frequent so often.

The interior is very modern, looking like many other contemporary restaurants. Wooden floors, white walls, lots of wood. All very nice and clean.

We arrived at 9pm and it was quite busy but it seemed to get quieter as the night went on with only 2 other people there when we eventually left. As this is the first time we have been here I don't know if it would fill up again later or not but I can't see it appealing to drunk students as much as a normal curry house would.

As there were 14 of us we had obviously pre-booked and were shown to our table immediately. The staff were all very attentive and polite and didn't seem to mind that most of the people on our table had been drinking for an hour or so before we arrived and were busy talking rather than telling the waitress what we would like to order. They were all smiles all night.

After the obligatory poppadoms Victoria and I had starters. We were actually the only ones in our group who had a starter for some reason. I don't know why as I think starters can be the best part of a meal.

Anyway, Victoria had Paneer Tikka Kebab which is 'cubes of authentic indian cheese coated with tikka masaala and char grilled' and I had Shami Kebabs which are 'minced lamb and lentil pate coated in egg and pan fried'. Both were excellent. The presentation was second to none and the food tasted amazing.

For main courses I had a Chicken Balti and Victoria had a Chicken Tikka Masaala, both with Pillau rice and Peshwari nan. We both agreed that it was the best curry we had ever had. The sauces were outstanding but the main thing that struck us both was the quality of the chicken in our dishes. There was none of the usual stringy bits of meat that you normally get, this chicken was the most tender I had ever tasted. It literally fell apart in my mouth. Amazing.

The bill for 14 people came to £238 including all the beers that the blokes were drinking. That is £17 a head!! Amazing value. I would have happily paid much more for such an excellent meal. Obviously we left a generous tip!

If you want a curry in a restaurant using the best ingredients cooked by people who obviously know what they are doing and have a passion for their job then this is the place for you. Brilliant service, amazing food and fantastic value. 10/10

As a little postscript, I feel that I must comment on Sheffield town centre on a Friday night. We got there at about 19:30 and there were already people sat on the floor drunkenly hugging bins, people throwing up, and it seems like every homeless person for miles around was begging for money. Every cash machine had a beggar sat next to it asking the people using it for cash. Intimidating and annoying. When we left the restaurant we were accosted by some loser asking for help. I didn't ask but I bet the help involved me giving him money. When we refused he started ranting something about 'people like us...'. What? People with a job?

Anyway, town was disgusting. I'm sure it was never that bad when I used to go out, at least not until later in the evening.

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