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Delhi-licious: No surprise Belfast's excellent Indian eatery won big at Irish Curry Awards

Nu Delhi Lounge 68-72 Great Victoria Street, Belfast. Tel- 028 90244747

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Nu Delhi Lounge takeaway

Nu Delhi Lounge takeaway

Nu Delhi Lounge takeaway

My name is Martin and I am a curryholic, so it will be little surprise to my friends that I am still getting my regular curry fix.

Thankfully, my role as a judge for the Irish Curry Awards has helped me develop a little bit of expertise around the wonders of Indian cuisine.

Belfast and Northern Ireland is home to so many great Indian restaurants and one of the best is Nu Delhi Lounge in the city's Great Victoria Street, which won Best Restaurant in Ulster at last year's Irish Curry Awards.

The Covid-19 restrictions mean that a restaurant associated with a fantastic dining-in experience can now only do takeaway delivery and collection, but that doesn't mean the quality of the food suffers in any way.

Last weekend I had a superb delivery from Nu Delhi which proved this very point.

We pushed the boat out and ordered quite a lot - so much that it fed my partner and I for two nights.

For starters were some terrific tandoori king prawns. These were enormous shellfish and had such a beautiful taste and texture. They were cooked in a clay oven and marinated in ginger, garlic and Indian spices.

With those we had onion bhaji, which were perfectly crispy and lightly spiced, and a lovely lamb tak tak. Recommended when I phoned to place my order, these definitely didn't disappoint.

The succulent pieces of lamb were tossed in onions and peppers and their tak tak blend of spices, which made the starter a real taste sensation. Like Colonel Sanders' chicken recipe, this is kept top-secret.

For mains we went for one of our favourites, a rich and creamy Punjabi butter chicken. This is quite mild but packed full of flavour. I guarantee that once you take a few spoonfuls you will want to clear the plate.

The other dish was a spicier Chicken chilli garlic, with moist chicken tikka pieces cooked in a fresh garlic and chilli sauce with green chillies and mixed spices. These two dishes are a great way of trying two very different but equally tasty offerings from the menu.

As a side dish we ordered a daal makhani which, for me, has to be one of the greatest Indian side dishes. Black lentils and red kidney beans are cooked in a wonderful tomato and cream sauce that's just crying out to be mopped up with your naan bread (peshwari in our case).

The other must-have side dish from Nu Delhi is their very moreish masala chips - chips cooked in a special blend of spices (this recipe is also as secret as Colonel Sanders', I am told). As amazing as all the food is, it's worth ordering from Nu Delhi for these alone.

What makes it even better (if that were possible) is that with orders over £50 you can take your pick from a free bottle of house wine or two large Cobra beers, which are delivered ice-cold so you can open them straight away. What are you waiting for?

The Food:

Tandoori king prawns £9.45

Onion bhaji £3.80

Lamb tak tak £6.20

Chicken chilli garlic £9.95

Punjabi butter chicken £10.95

Daal makhani £6.45

Peshwari naan £3.20

Pilau rice £2.50

Masala chips £3.50

Two large Cobra beer Free

Total: £56

Rating: *****

Belfast Telegraph