Eating Out: Agrah Indian Restaurant, Cleethorpes
CLEETHORPES has no shortage of Indian restaurants, and yet there is something about the Agrah that is rather unique.
Perhaps it is the location – while the resort's other Indian eateries are concentrated around the Market Place, the Agrah sits at the bottom end of Sea View Street.
Then there is the interior, which with its soft-backed blue seating and Indian-themed paintings on the wall, is less trendy and more traditional than some of its counterparts.
There is undoubtedly something about the food, too. When I took a friend who was visiting the area to the restaurant he was full of superlatives after polishing off his main course.
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On my latest visit, another friend described his onion bhaji starter as the finest he had ever tasted.
I have come to expect such high standards – and I wasn't disappointed this time either.
For the starter I opted for the fish pakora (£2.95). The five large chunks of white fish were coated in a smooth batter, and served with lettuce, cucumber and a slice of juicy tomato. The accompanying mint sauce complemented the dish perfectly.
My friend chose the onion bhajis (£2.50).
He described them as the best he had ever had – perfectly seasoned and gloriously crispy, and served with a side of fresh salad which was both refreshing and visually pleasing.
Choosing the main course at an Indian restaurant is often something of a task – and the Agrah is no exception.
Do you go for one of the vast array of exotic-sounding house specials or for one of the old favourites?
Eventually I plumped for the latter, opting for the chicken rogan josh (£5.25) with pilau rice (50p extra) and a garlic nan bread (£2.50).
The curry was just how I like it – not too mild, not too spicy, and with the tomatoes adding that little something to the taste and texture of the dish.
The chicken was tender and tasty, and complemented perfectly by the pilau rice and garlic nan.
My friend opted for the tandoori mixed (£7.50) with egg rice (£2.50).
When the dish arrived still sizzling he couldn't wait to eat it and when he did tuck in he wasn't disappointed. Each and every piece of meat was perfectly cooked and bursting with flavour.
He said the rice was of a perfect consistency and full of flavour.
The quality of the service matched that of the food – prompt, polite and friendly. I have no doubt I will be back.