Menu spiced up by Indian dishes
WE may only have been a few miles from Stroud down the A46, but the flavours were straight from southern India.
At The Tipputs there's an extra string to the culinary bow – a south Indian menu.
The Tipputs team of chefs, headed up by Antony Benedict, who trained in Chennai, offer their Indian Moggu menu runs alongside a classic British menu. So it's a great combination for curry-lovers and those who prefer European cuisine.
Unlike most Indian curry houses with epic menus of curries, the Moggu menu is simple with only a few choices. There are well known favourites, plus more unusual choices.
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We started with some onion and cauliflower bhajis (£6.25) and the Moggu's Special Mezze – a combination of fish, lamb roll, chicken, bhaji and pappadum served with dips (£12.95) which we shared between our party of four. The flavours were all lovely and beautifully presented. The main course menu offers a choice of five curries; chicken, lamb, prawn and two vegetarian options. On the night we visited there was also a venison curry on offer on the 'specials board.'
Prices are higher than the average Indian restaurant, although the quality was certainly higher and each curry dish does include a choice of rice or an Indian bread. And as part of the Food Club group there are frequent special offers on its website which makes it more affordable.
My chicken and spinach curry cooked with coconut milk (£12.95) was delicious, full of rich flavours. Another friend enjoyed his Dhal Gosht, tender piece of lamb cooked with split chick pea and spices (£14.95) and our vegetarian companion was happy with his paneer masala, Indian cottage cheese cubes cooked in rich tomato and almond sauce. (£12.95)
It was good to have the choice of the European menu, and one of our party enjoyed the seared salmon with garlic roasted new potatoes, grilled courgettes (£14.95).
It was a Monday night when we visited, and Tipputs was quiet. But for us it was a birthday celebration and it would have been nice if staff made us feel a little more special. It took a while for our plates to be cleared and nobody offered us coffee or deserts before we reached our baby-sitter deadline. But we'd still return to the Tipputs and had an enjoyable evening. Sometimes a trip to the heat of South India is just what's required.