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“So where is it again?” was the cry from Paul Day as Dave carefully tried to explain the exact location of July's curry venue.
“It’s opposite the Olive Press/Paprika coffee shop, just down from Pizza Hut on Station Road”. “hmmmm” replied the rat, “ok, go through Cheadle Hulme, pass Whittakers chippy, the Garam Massalla and Waitrose on your right, ‘spoons will be on your left, followed by Pizza LaVita and J. PIMLOT Traditional Family Butcher (purveyor of quality farm assured meat, Est. 1869), “got it” exclaimed Dayo.
“...ok so you carry on under the Railway bridge and as you pass under the railway, you’ll spot the Seven spices underneath (to your right), keep going... go past the Natwest bank and Whispers unisex hair salon the Sisila is literally next door to Blackstones Accountancy up the brow on the right”
To most this level of detail would be enough. His response? “Can I meet you at your house and jump in with you”.... which he did!
The visit to the Sisila was a rapidly arranged jaunt, with council members only receiving less than 24 hours notice. Nevertheless a contingent of 6 signed up and made their way to Cheadle Hulme’s newest eatery.
It was a typical July evening: hot, sticky and throwing it down. Most of the CurryCouncil had failed to spot the signage for parking, situated directly behind the restaurant. Instead we made a run for it having parked on Tescos /Blockbusters car park just down the round
We were greeted by two gentlemen who escorted us to our table. The Silsila is a modern looking establishment and the Council felt immediately at home. Several illuminated-bubble -water-features have been installed throughout, which seems to be the norm these days.
Andy “bad-boy” Hague was absent after he was caught by Matt Allwright and sidekick Dan Penteado (stars of the Rogue Traders segment on the BBC hit-show Watchdog) after swindling an old women of £780 during a routine boiler replacement.
Once in situ, we sat as Woodman and Noble arrived to join members Winfield, Dayo, Dave Marchbank-Smith and the lean but mean Gaz Jordan. We began the evening by sampling six 20 imperial fluid ounces of Cobra and thumbed our way through the Silsila menu.
11 popodoms were ordered as Slim-Jim Jord only wanted a pop and a half. A healthy discussion erupted as to which other member would sacrifice half and join Jord in his quest for a size 32 waist. Noble quickly volunteered and then ordered another pop. It was universally agreed that two half-pops is less fattening than one full one.
After discussing exactly how Paul had cut his head open whilst opening his car door and narrowly avoided a visit to A+E we moved onto the starters. The waiter had recommended the house special Banjara kebab. In all honesty the way in which he described the dish did not do justice to this unusual looking starter. The banajara was described as being “different and really, really green”.
The currycouncil think that the restaurant simply need to display a description of each starter on their menu to make ordering that little bit easier for the customer.
What arrived was four “Incredible-hulk-green” pieces of chicken. The chicken was infused with fresh coriander and various spices. It had a real kick and made a welcome change to the typical tandoori/tikka chicken starters served elsewhere. The presentation was also appealing, so far so good.
The Silsila are currently offering a midweek offer. If you call and make a reservation for a table for two or more you receive a complimentary bottle of wine with your meal. We were offered two bottles of “red or white” for our party of six. This was a nice gesture, however it didn’t stop Gaz Jordan from asking “whether or not we could swap the wine for a few more pints of Cobra”...
Two bottles of chilled Pinot Grigio duly arrived and for the first time in my years the Currycouncil actually looked respectable.
The main courses quickly followed with a combination of boiled, pilua and keema pilau rice and assorted breads. The assortment of curries were well received with the Tawah Signiture dish receiving glowing praise from Steve Winfield describing it as “the best curry, so far, this year”. The portions were just about right too.
The Silsila is a welcome addition to the SK8 postcode. It faces fierce competition with the Garam Massalla, Seven Spices, Barinda, The Red Fort and Jalfrezi only a stones throw away. However we would recommend a visit to the Silsila in the near future. Just remember to book in advance to take advantage of the free wine offer.