"Swadesh Bowdon is an exclusive Indian restaurant situated in the idyllic area of Bowdon, a short drive from Altrincham. As you relax within the attractive bar area before entering the quite stunning restaurant you immediately recognize that this is no ‘ordinary’ Indian restaurant experience, but something quite unique"
"The teams that have been brought to Swadesh have worked in some of the finest establishments in the World. The seasonal menus features a vibrant mix of dishes from culinary areas across India. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used with many of the recipes having been handed down across generations. The beauty and the charm, diversity and depth, simplicity and complexity of Indian cuisine are all behind the showcase restaurants." [Information taken from the Swadesh website].
The CurryCouncil's View
Despite an initial problem with our reservation, the Swadesh delivered in a big way.
This was our first outing of 2011 and in my opinion will remain a strong candidate for our restaurant of the year title. Swadesh is situated in an impressive Tudor Mansion, in heart of the affluent village of Bowden (Trafford.) This swanky Indian offers genuinely authentic cruisine, prepared and cooked by chefs recruited from some of the top hotels in India.
I kicked off proceedings with the the Tandoori Khazana starter which consisted of a mixed platter of Hyderbadi Seekh Kebab, Lamb, Gulnar Salmon and Makhmali Tikka served with mint chutney. The starter was amazing! The meat remained succulent with delightful spices, beautifully presented.
For my main I opted for the Methi Murg (£10.90) cooked in spicy gravy of fenugreek leaves and fresh coriander tempered with garlic and kasoori methi.
It’s seldom that restaurants score highly in all key areas. However on this occasion the Swadesh delivers right across the board. The impressive interior, attentive service and incredible food result in a very high score from me.
I would highly recommend a visit to the Bowden restaurant and as a result feel tempted to visit its other establishments in Didsbury and Manchester.
Unusually shaped popodums were presented that were pre-broken and came with a nice selection of fresh tasting dips. Top marks here to the Swadesh for presentation.
I started with the delicious Tandoori Khazana, this is a mixed starter which is suitable for two. The meats (Sheek Kebab, Lamb, Chicken Tikka) were all perfectly cooked and tasted like they were swiftly delivered fresh from the heat of the tandoor coals. The starter also included a large and tender piece of spiced salmon, which was a refreshing fish accompaniment to this usually all meat starter.
I ordered the Lall Maas as my main course. This was a fairly hot dish but it still allowed me to taste the ground spices and the chilli. The succelent lamb pieces were extremely tender. I was glad that I opted for the lamb rather than the usual chicken tikka variety that I usually favour with my main course.
The Swadesh, in my opinion, is a certain recommendation and must be tried by all!
Best overall tasting curry that I have ever eaten. Cobra on draught. Pops and dips were great. Starter of rack of lamb and some of Bean’s chicken too was well nice.
Had the Murg Tikka Labadar for main. Asked for a bit more spice to be added and it was excellent, especially combined with the light and tasty pilau rice, plus best Peshwari nan had in years (which was in nice hand size pre-cut portions too).
I thought the service was fine and the place had the wow factor too. With the price being £23 per person, it was a good job we managed to get the onionring 2-4-1 deal though. I could eat it all again right now. 5/5.
It’s a little more expensive than some of the more traditional curry houses we see in the South Manchester area but well worth the visit and the extra expense (I doubt you will be disappointed) this restaurant is one of those hidden gems that are rare and should be cherished.
Attention to detail is fantastic with all those “little things” making a “big” difference. Cloth napkins, good cutlery, plates, glasses and service-ware are what you can expect from a visit here.
There is also a nice bar area for pre-dinner drinks and order taking prior to seating for your meal.
My main meal was the ‘Chefs Special Curry’ and was a recommendation from the waiter. It had to be “the” best curry I have possibly ever tasted.
Pop’s dips etc, again were the best I’ve have seen in terms of presentation, taste, size, and satisfaction for a curry eater.
This restaurant very nearly achieved a 5 out of 5 rating from me, however it just missed out by half a point due to “service with a smile” and a slight discussion we had to have with them around our booking and the use of discount vouchers (don’t let this put you off though). Its a recommendation of “must visit from me!”.
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The Swadesh received very positive feedback from all CurryCouncil members and is definately worth a visit. We recommend sampling some of their tradional Indian dishes and also checking out the onionring website before your visit to check for any special money saving offers.