When passing by the Amid Palace, located on the side of the A444 on the way into Nuneaton, it does not look the most inviting. Anyone who has travelled across Britain will immediately recognise the style of the building and associate this with a Little Chef, an eatery not particularly known for its good food! Nevertheless, we are always being told to never judge a book by its cover so decided to give the Amid Palace a try.
The interior of the restaurant is clean, modern and bright. A seating area is located next to the bar providing a welcome area for customers arriving to collect takeaway orders. We were greeted with a friendly welcome and our order for a bottle of Shiraz and water jotted down. As we waited for our table to be prepared I noted the Currylife Chef of the Year 2015 award displayed which therefore immediately raised my expectations.
Perusing the menu revealed the usual suspects alongside some intriguing additions such as Indian style Fish and Chips, Lamb Shank Rogan Josh and Old Style Delhi Chicken.
To start, I opted for the ambiguously named Spicy Lamb and M for the Spinach Dumplings. When these arrived at our table we were extremely impressed with the presentation and tucked in with high expectations. I am pleased to report these were not only met but exceeded! The Spicy Lamb consisted of tender shredded lamb with spinach on a puri, decorated with spots of mango chutney. Two Spinach Dumplings were stacked together with a spicy green sauce. These were balanced on a pool of yoghurt dressing and decorated with pomegranate seeds providing additional flavour explosions which added freshness and balance to the spicy dish.
After such an impressive introduction we were looking forward to our main course. Although we were tempted by the more adventurous dishes on offer we decided to stick to some old favourites, Lamb Tikka Biryani and Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi. Again these arrived with impressive presentation and we quickly dug in. Both dishes provided just the right amount of chilli heat with a background richness and depth of flavour. The buttery naan bread provided the perfect vessel to mop up the remaining sauce.
After such a delicious meal I would have liked to try some of the dessert options however knew I would not manage to fit one in! Seeing some desserts delivered to other tables I could tell that the standard of presentation was again very impressive and obviously something in which the Amid Palace takes great pride in.
Overall we were very impressed with the Amid Palace and would recommend it to others.
Contact number: 02476 388444
Date of visit – Friday 9 June at 7pm.
15% discount available on sit-in meals for NHS staff
Open 7 days per week
Written for Love Nuneaton by local food blogger Renah. You can visit Renah’s blog at bagelsandbroomsticks.com.