Authentic Indian full of colour and flavour
FINE Indian cuisine located in deepest rural Lincolnshire may be easier to find than you think.
Joomla's is Caistor's first Indian restaurant and is located in High Street in the heart of the market town.
Both traditional and signature dishes are on offer at the reasonably-sized venue.
The interior of Joomla's can only be described as modern drawing on authentic Indian colours.
On arrival we were given a very warm welcome and shown to our seats and presented with good-sized menus.
We made our drinks order of one lemonade (£1.70) and a pint of Lal Toofan (£3.50) – which means red storm in Hindi and is a fruity pale beer made with basmati rice.
After ordering a poppadom tray with chutney (£3) we started to decide what to order.
For a starter I went for the dramatic sounding Sizzler Murg Tikka (£4.50) which was large pieces of chicken breast chargrilled and cooked in a tandoor and served with salad.
It was lightly spiced and came to the table sizzling hot like the name would suggest and as well as being brilliantly presented it was full of flavour and perfectly cooked.
My partner for the evening opted for the Amritsari fish (£4.50) which we were told is a Punjabi special and consisted of pieces of fish in a spiced batter.
The large chunks of battered white fish were soft and tender, and came served with lettuce, cucumber, and a juicy tomato.
The mint condiment, left over from the pickle tray we had for the poppadoms, made the perfect accompaniment.
The dish was tasty and filling and left just enough room for the main course.
When it came round to the main event of the evening I chose the chicken Tikka Nashadar (£9.95) with a garlic naan (£2.50).
The dish consisted of Tandoori chicken cooked with red wine, mushrooms and cream with crushed almonds on top.
It was fabulously presented and tasted even better.
The chicken was full of flavour and the plump mushrooms burst in your mouth, the nutty after taste was also a welcome addition.
Not being a fan of rice the garlic naan bread was an obvious substitute and was full of flavour.
In a nod to India's obsession with cricket the restaurant had a drawing of Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh hung on the wall, and boasted the Twenty20 bar.
My partner enjoyed the subtle references and chose the Adrak Gosht (£9.95) as his main.
It is a north Indian dish that came with a generous helping of marinated lamb chop, cooked with fresh ginger, onions, peppers, green chilli and coriander.
The dish was wonderfully presented, a real kaleidoscope of colours, with red, green and yellow peppers.
He also ordered a serving of Joomla's special rice ( £2.50), authentic pilau rice with whole spices, which was very generous in size and full of flavour.
Overall the food was brilliantly presented and tasted just as good and the service was nothing short of excellent.