It’s hard enough for me to walk past an Indian restaurant at the best of times but when one is called Biplob, with the tag “The art of Tandoori dining” I’m afraid there is no chance I won’t be looking for a table.
This smart and well-designed restaurant said it could do tandoori so it was ordered. Shaslik Chicken (£8.95) followed a couple of popadoms, that were served with huge quantities of pickles and mint sauce. The pickle pots are certainly big down this way.
The Shashlik was spot on, with huge chunks of nicely marinated chicken and decent pieces of green pepper and a bed of onion as well as the usual chunks. I could have have done with a bit more tomato although the bits on the skewer were spot on. My friend, surprisingly, had never tried a Shashlik, and this is a man who likes his curries, so it was pleasing to see his thumbs up. I think we forget there are other options to the usual tomato and onion based curries we oh so often go for.
But a nice bit of sauce never hurt anyone so we also ordered a Garlic Chilli Masala Paneer (£7.95), which was decent enough but a bit thin in texture. I prefer a thicker sauce coating larger chunks of the cheese, although in this instance, because of the drier chicken dish it went well on the table. Pilau rice at £2.95 finished a decent curry at a decent price.
Biplob, 12-14 Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 4AB. Tel: 01793 490265/431416. Open: daily noon–2pm and 5.30pm–midnight (1am Friday and Saturday).
Scores on the tandoors
Value for money 8