The Cardamom Club is an Indian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, near to the Derbyshire County Cricket Club ground and the Pentagon Island. Never having visited before and armed with a voucher, parking up in the sizeable car park, the Cardamom Club is an impressive looking restaurant, with a courteous well attired doorman welcoming you as you arrive. We were immediately shown to our table situated under a very large modern chandelier type light, so we felt like we were being illuminated all evening.
The menu is interesting without being too vast; however, the prices are on the high side, around £16 for a main and £9 for poppadoms. Thankfully our voucher negated these rather inflated prices, and although our choices were a little restricted, i.e. no lamb shank, lobster etc., the choices were more than adequate. In the end we went for the chicken saag and the chicken dopiaza, along with one plain rice and one wild mushroom rice, and a plain naan. Other dishes included jalfrezis, massalas etc., and even goji berry rice! The food was fantastic, some of the best Indian dishes we have tasted for a long time, the spiciness of the saag, balanced out with the milder dopiaza. It must have been good, because between the two of us, we didn't leave a single morsel! The staff were friendly and efficient, and clearly knew their menu, which cannot be said for most restaurants. I did like the fact that they keyed your order in on an I-pad, which sent your order straight to the kitchen.
We wouldn't normally have a dessert, but it was included in the voucher, so we chose from a restricted list of sorbets and ice creams; some of the other desserts looked lovely, definitely next time. I had the lemon sorbet and my wife had the mango sorbet, which came in unusual fluted shaped dishes. It was nice and a good dish to freshen the pallette, but would I pay £5 for them, probably not. Obviously you have to finish with a coffee, again on the pricey side, but strong and flavoursome. On the whole a fantastic meal, all for a £20 voucher and a few pounds of extras. For the main alone, I was tempted it to give it 5 stars, but not on a first visit. Will we visit again? Undoubtedly!
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