I'm just going to come right out and say it - the Bay of Bengal knocks the socks off just about any eating establishment along the Curry Mile in Manchester. Wow, the gasp I just heard all over the Yelposphere was more than audible. Am I a traitor? *Awaits various Mancunian insults* Really, let's not get into any Gavin and Stacey-esque England vs Wales complexities here, we are one people, one island... Oh who am I kidding.
Situated in the tiny seaside town of Tenby, the prices in this place are so criminally low that you wonder how the polite, friendly staff make a profit. There were many different options to choose from, all bargains and a good mix of UK-inspired dishes and more traditional fare. I had what was labelled a vegetable rogan and some aloo saag on the side to share. I'm not claiming to be a curry connoisseur or someone who knows the difference between genuine and faux ghee (join the debate here, people! yelp.co.uk/topic/manches…) but I do know what I like, and that's a curry that's tasty, medium spiced, uses a good variety of vegetables in the non meat version and isn't swimming in a sea of suspicious-looking orange oil. That's just what I got here.
The poppadoms we were provided with were bigger than Moonface's face from the Enchanted Wood/Faraway Tree saga. Oh, come on, Enid Blyton? You lot haven't lived. Well better than all this Twilight nonsense 'the kids' are into these days. The dips were divine, and as far as extras go the peshwari naan was just as delicious as a bit on the side should be. Meat-eaters were more than happy with their choices, but if you're a mild kind of child, don't opt for anything around the medium spectrum because it'll take your tastebuds clean off.
The water flowed freely and they kept our BYOB drinks nice and cool. For a dinky place, it functions exceptionally well and I was more than impressed. In fact I left grudgingly, I felt so comfortable in there. Bay of Bengal, you've certainly curried favour with me. Can I bring you to Manchester so you can play with the big boys?
The view is stunning and the food is good. They couldn't provide us with a lassi but otherwise we were more than happy with our meal.
And they were nice to our children.
I love it here. I love the food, the staff, the way you can order off-menu, the view of the harbour (if you sit in the downstairs bit), the decor (bright and vibrant)...just everything. It's top notch!
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