In Birstall, Leicestershire, on Wanlip Lane, you will find an Indian restaurant by the name of The Dining Room which reveals surprise after surprise, starting with its name. I am going to break with tradition here and jump straight into the food; there are many Indian restaurants that boast a modern menu but I have never before come across one that manages it so completely as this.
An inventive and modern Indian menu
As in most Indian establishments the menu is a vast litany of starters, main courses and sundries, pausing for breath with the occasional punctuation of vegetable side dishes or desserts. You will find on the starter menu at The Dining Room a few familiar dishes but even the chicken tikka gets a makeover; served as it is over a bed of red onion and leek stir fry.
There are pan seared king scallops with a hint of spice, topped with saffron hollandaise and crisp leaf salad. Wild crab cake is served with turmeric and perfumed chilli, whilst karai spiced ostrich tikka comes alongside chickpea and potato chaat. My last temptation from the starter menu goes to tandoori swordfish, its dense texture perfect for spicing, served in a hot garlic scented tamarind sauce.
A feast of aromatic and tempting main courses
All the classic mains are here, on a separate menu; dopiaza, dhansak and korma all appear for those who are not tempted to try the illustrious feast on the next page. These specialities include wild sea bass fillet with lime and turmeric on a bed of fresh garlic spinach; or peppered kangaroo fillet on a bed of masala mash and a cardamom scented sauce. Bhuna finds its way here, but this time it is made from duck with fresh tomatoes and coriander, or an aromatic dish of honey chilli chicken with a blend of 9 spices, fresh coriander and chilli. There is Welsh lamb shank slowly braised in rogan josh sauce, tandoori chicken shaslik or tandoori king prawns with lime and perfumed chilli.
A good selection of vegetable side dishes is on offer, including roast aubergine crush or baby potatoes with garlic and fenugreek. The range of rice and bread is impressive with choices such as lemon and cashew nut rice, coconut rice or garlic rice as well as a ginger and date naan alongside the usual paratha and puri.
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The Dining Room Indian restaurant in Leicester is open for dinner only, 7 days a week. They offer a 3 course set menu for just £10.95 per head or you can order from the extensive a la carte. 3 courses plus sundries will cost in the region of £25.00 per head. You can view the full menu on the Go dine site as well as see what else is on offer in our guide to the best restaurants in Leicester. All of our services are completely free and when you book online you can earn points towards a free meal.