A 336 Manchester Road, Timperley, Altrincham, WA14 5NH
The September 2008 curry was held at the Shandaar Indian Restaurant. The months curry organiser, Steven Woodman, opted for a restaurant in West Timperley(Altricham). Woodman had again (predictably) chosen his venue based on a recommendation from a work colleague.
The restaurant was located on a busy main road and parking was extremely limited. Two Curry Council members managed to park their vehicles in the side passage next to the restaurant and were instantly alarmed at what they saw. One of the kitchen staff was at the back door of the restaurant having a quick drag on his cigarette. The Curry Council operate a strict zero tolerance attitude towards smokers and this sight did not fill them with confidence.
The group sat at some comfy chairs next to the bar and waited for the remainder of our party to arrive. The final member of our party arrived and we were all disappointed at the extremely low number of attendees this month.
The small restaurant has a bright and modern feel but still held the traditional features of an ‘old school’ style curry house.
The council members present were shown to a table and had to inform the waiter that the table originally booked for seven people had now embarrassingly decreased to just four people. The waiter fulfilled our request to move to a smaller table and promptly offered to move our drinks and relocate us.
Poppodums were served whilst we perused the menu. The pops came accompanied by a selection of four dips. The dips were presented in rather small square bowls that were instantly eaten. The waiter was friendly and happy to oblige to our request for extra chutney and red onions.
The Curry Council does not understand why so many Indian restaurants think that this is an area that they can cut back on. A large group of people surely deserve a higher volume and quantity of dips compared to a couple of people eating a poppodum each?
The conversation quickly turned to discussing the low number of attendees at the evenings curry. Woodman quickly pointed out that his texts and emails were sent out with plenty of notice and that he was very disappointed to see that 50% of the Council had chosen not to attend his curry.
The Revised 2005 Curry Council Rules and Regulations state that only “Only deaths, marriages and childbirth” are an acceptable reason to not attend the monthly curry.
Chris was attending an evening college course and Day had childcare commitments. Messieurs Hague and Jordan were “ill”. The former again failing to notify the curry organiser that he was not attending. The Council members present declared that the ‘rules and regulations’ must be revisited to protect the monthly curry and that constant rule breakers must be dealt with.
Jordan's non attendance also provided Noble with his chance to rightfully claim his regal crown of 'King Curry Council Attendee'.
The starters arrived and were of a good standard. Dave opted for the mixed starter (pictured below) which offered good value for money. Winfield sampled the chicken chaat (also below) but was slightly disappointed with the small portion size and its poor presentation (no side salad was available).
A variety of main courses were delivered by the waiter. Two members of the group opted for the Chicken Balti Jalfrezi. This tomato and onion based sauce contained a large quantity of green chillies that added a lot of extra spice to this already fiery dish.
The Balti Exotica was also sampled. The dish provided a combination of meat, including chicken, lamb and king prawns and was cooked in a spiced balti sauce.
The Rice and naan were of a good standard, with two portions of pilau rice being more than adequate for four people.
The service was extremely good but this had in part been due to the fact that the restaurant had been almost empty throughout our whole visit.
A complimentary drink of Baileys Irish Cream liqueur was presented to the group along with the customary small piece of chocolate. The Baileys was a nice gesture but not really suitable for the council members who were on driving duty.
All in all, the Shandaar may be worth a visit if you appreciate balti dishes and good service.
Value for money 7/10