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Bhukara's ok. But Shajan is just better ;)

You know food critics actually know sod all, BnWR? :P

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The critics obviously haven't been to Resh's at Darwen then.

Shajan? No thanks.

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Where's Resh's? I'm generally an Anaz fan, but happy to try a new place.

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Isn't Reshis what used to be Sukhis?

Not been since the change (was it the son that took over) but its always been fantastic and they treat you more like they want you there than Shajhan and Bukhara and can never do enough to help

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That's what Rentokil said when they left Bukhara

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One thing that did stick with me about Buhkara was that they put pickled onions on the Dupiaza. Everywhere else I've been to fries them to a crisp and sprinkles them on, so I found it a bit bizarre.

Indeed. Strange but it works imo. 'Dopiaza' translates as double onions if that helps.

5 star Hygeine. Voted best Indian in the NW by The Sunday Times. My work here is done.

We wish.

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Resh is Sukhis son and has taken over the business. Trust me, it's well worth a visit.

I love Indian food and enjoy visiting different restaurants. After I've eaten though I always think that I should have eaten back at Resh's. It's not just the quality of the food but as touched upon in a previous post, the experience you have there that makes it so worth the time and cost.

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I always forget The Royal. Very good shout.

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Unfortunately we had to cancel the booking as we were soaked through! Had to drive all the way back home to dry off before going somewhere local. Will definitely try it another time. Menu looks excellent.

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Ended up going to southern 11 at Spinningfields in Manchester last night.

Good food/beers, for four of us it was £114, can't grumble in the centre of Manchester for that.

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What style of food do they do ?

Sorry, neglected to mention! American style bbq food. I had a sharing combo of wings to start, and a mixed platter for main-puller pork, spare ribs and beef brisket with chips.

They had some extra hot sauce as well-certainly left its mark!!!

I think their website has a menu on it- www.southern11.co.uk

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We went to Heathcotes last night for the first time in a while. Got home from the game at 6 soaked to the skin and debated what to do about food before the cinema. The wife suggested Heathcotes for the early bird and with a quick change of clothes just made it for the 6.30 cut-off. The food was it's usual reliable quality and with early bird prices was good value too - £15.50 for 3 excellent courses. I can't remember ever having a bad meal there over the years.

As for Indians, we can never get beyond the Sangam in Lostock Hall. Doesn't look like it should be as good as it is, perched above the shops at Tardy Gate but it's never less than excellent. I find the fish deshi to be particularly outstanding.

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Just to weigh in on the Indian debate, the Sharjan is for people that don't really do Indian food in my opinion, very predictable western themed menu, over priced and portentous, nothing wrong with that if thats your bag.

Bhukara's did knock the socks of anything else in the area until the health inspectors came to call, which is a shame really.

The Naga at abbey village is well worth a visit, a cut above anything Darwen has to offer in my opinion for the same price.

Has anyone eaten at the empress grill restaurant in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool? Thinking of booking in before seeing Bob Dylan in November.

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Naga was very good when I went last year but not headed back for some reason, will have to make a point of going back

A friend last night was saying Mezzo was very good recently but I haven't been since it was Quattros

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Unfortunately he died last year, but, as I said, did do quite a lot of other decent places around there with him. Somerset and Devon had loads of good restaurants that were very reasonably priced when we lived there.

My condolences. There are one or two nice places down there if being honest but they're all quite rural and it would be good if one or two better ones opened in the cities. Out of curiosity where did you live in Devon I was based just north of Crediton in a little village who's best amenity was a bus every tuesday and thursday.

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For me Akbers is the best Indian restaurant in N/W. The 'desi' style curries are as good as you will get at a restaurant.

Do you mean Akbar's on Liverpool Street in Manchester? I've been there once a few years back. It was OK but a bit too dark inside and pricey.

In Rusholme (the infamous Curry Mile) Punjab Tandoori is a really good 'un. There is something about the food where you can tell they've prepped it properly and authentically. Reasonable prices, too. It's a bit cramped inside so, if you want decor as your main feat, avoid it, but if you want the authentic food as your main feat, get thi'sen there.

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Took my daughter to the Sea Horse in New Brighton (Hungry Horse but by the sea)

Just pub grub really, nothing for you officianados on here, but two large main courses, a pint of Carling and a large glass of wine all for £20 will do me thanks

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Naga was very good when I went last year but not headed back for some reason, will have to make a point of going back

A friend last night was saying Mezzo was very good recently but I haven't been since it was Quattros

Surroundings better than the food imo Tom. But maybe my judgement is coloured cos whilst I'll cook Italian I'm not really an Italian restaurant devotee.

For distant members I was darn sarf this weekend and ate at the Saracens Head in Beaconsfield on Sunday night and I doubt I'll go there again... too pricey with below average service (for what I deemed a microwave menu including a tasteless burger on one of those infernal wood platters) however on the way home I lunched at the Three Pigeons in Banbury (as a preference to MWay services) and found the food remarkably good and the establishment itself delightful with good friendly service to match.

btw Served a couple of pints of Jennings Cumberland Ale by a regular visitor on here 'Sam' in the Harriers at High Wycombe! It's surprising who you meet round and about isn't it?

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Had afternoon tea at Grays Court, York on Sunday. It's just down from the Minster by the Treasurer's House. Fabulous. Mrs P and I decided we should have a weekend there sometime. Checked the website, £234 per room B&B!!!!!

Good tea though. Highly recommended.

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