Balti King - Sheffield

216 Fulwood Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 3BB
Telephone: 0114 266 6655 

Opening Times:
Mon to Thurs: 12:00 noon - 03:00am
Fri & Sat: 12:00 noon - 04:00am
Sun: 12:00 noon - 02:00am

"Balti King... it so very nearly is!"
Date of Visit: Saturday 20/02/16 - 3:00pm

Onion Bhaji - £2.59 (2 pieces)
Vegetable Samosa - £2.50 (2 pieces)
Mushroom Bhaji - £2.50
Mixed Kebab - £3.50
Chicken Handi - £6.90
Chicken Karahi - £6.90
Chicken Achari - £5.90
Special Biryani - £9.90
Tandoori Roti - £1.00
Naan - £2.00
Peshwari Naan - £2.50
Pilau Rice - £2.00

Tempus Fugit - it's 14 years since we last visited this establishment! Had anything changed? Well, the owners certainly haven't, as they are now entering their 22nd year of operation.

The Greyhound was surprised to find himself masticating on a spicy Onion Bhaji (5/5). A rarity indeed. Vapour was favourably impressed with his Mushroom Bhaji (4/5) and would have given it a five rating had there been more quantity to them. My Mixed Kebab (5/5) was excellent and deserving of the full mark. The Vegetable Samosas (3/5) were the runt of the litter being pretty average, uninspiring and Lilliputian in size.

The Special Biryani (3/5) was anything but and looked a dismal effort by Chef. Old IronGuts confirmed that it tasted as bad as it looked. Disinterested, he abandoned the dish with a good third of it remaining. Vapour raved over his Chicken Handi (5/5) which the waiter heavily endorsed; commenting that it was a dish that he would be trying elsewhere on our travels. The spicing in the Greyhounds Chicken Karahi (4/5) was excellent and would have scored the maximum if there had just been slightly more of it. My Chicken Achari (4/5) was a good dish - I particularly like the zingy, zesty taste that coriander adds.

The Plain Naan and Rotis were good. The Peshwari Naan was a disappointment and not worth the price. A sprinkling of desiccated coconut does not a Peshwari Naan make! The Pilau Rice was also weak and could have well been a re-heat from the end of shift - which was at 4:00 am, earlier that same day.

Service was strange - attentive and entertaining without being intrusive, yet at the same time... "forgetful". 
4 punters - 4 starters - 4 mains - breads and a rice. At one point, the very experienced waiter returned from the kitchen to query the bread order. I don't know why, as he had very laboriously written it down and handed it to Chef. Then, when the breads arrived, we were a Roti short. This was quickly rectified. 

When we came to pay the bill, six pounds worth of extras were added. It's not a huge amount but it rubs all of us up the wrong way when things like this happened. It appears the owner, who arrived late on during our foray, assumed that we'd had a couple of poppadoms each, and the "complimentary" small Salad, in fact, wasn't.

The prices on the restaurants website aren't up todate - being either the takeaway price or from an older menu.

We recommend this restaurant and will probably most likely return.

Awarded September 2014

Pe-curry, the Kelham Island Best Bitter and Pale Rider went down a treat in The Fat Cat.

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