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13 Jul, 2011

Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Indian Food|United Kingdom

This next post is about an Indian restaurant and takeaway, also one of our more regular sources of Indian food. It is possible to eat in and also have your food delivered right to your doorstep. We usually opt for the latter as it tends to be more convenient for us.

Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
Here we have Ambala Restaurant and Takeaway. Don’t mind the missing ‘B’ in the picture, I’m sure they’ll fix their sign soon!

Interior, Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
For those opting to dine in, a very spacious and brightly lit restaurant awaits you. Upon entering, attention is drawn to the cooking area to the left of the premises where the tandoor and stoves are located. The seats are comfortable and one might draw some correlation between this place and a ‘mamak’ back in Malaysia.

Mango Lassi, Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
On this occasion we ordered a jug of Mango Lassi, something that we had been craving for for a long time, for £5.90. The lassi was sweet and thick with a strong mango taste. We liked it as the prominent mango taste went well with yoghurt to create a refreshing drink.  It was the perfect accompaniment to go with the spicy food that Ambala offers!

Salad, Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
All meals come with a complimentary serving of salad. It served well as part of a balanced diet and also for some to cool down between mouthfuls of curry during the meal.

Saag Paneer, Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
Most of the dishes at Ambala come with a choice of spiciness. One can choose between mild, medium and hot. We usually opt to have everything hot as it is much better that way! The first main dish as presented above is the Saag Paneer, priced at £4.90. This dish consists of Indian cottage cheese cooked in a spinach-based curry sauce. It may not look like much, but it is one of our favourite dishes here. The sauce was absolutely delicious and the best part of the dish was the chewy texture of the cottage cheese.

Meat Rogan Josh, Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
We had the Meat Rogan Josh as well, priced at £5.90. This was a lamb dish with a tomato-based curry sauce. The lamb was tender and delicious and the spicy curry was made even better by the fried onions in the curry. We have to admit that we only discovered this curry recently, but it has quickly become one of our favourites at Ambala.

Mixed Briyani, Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
Next up is the Mixed Briyani (also spelt as ‘Biryani’ and ‘Beriani’ depending on where you are in the world), priced at £6.90. This is a rice dish, fried with various spices and pieces of chicken, lamb and prawns. It comes with its own separate bowl of curry. We always have the briyani at Ambala as the rice is fried until fragrant and can be spicy on its own. The hot curry sauce makes up the metaphorical icing on the cake (curry on the rice in this instance maybe?) in this great briyani.

Keema Naan, Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
Finally we had the Keema Naan for £2.50. This was a naan stuffed with minced lamb meat. The naan on its own was very good and the minced meat further enhanced its taste by adding a nice meaty flavour which did not overpower the naan bread. This naan went absolutely well with the curries above.

Ambala will always satisfy any spicy food cravings we have. In no way do we claim that it is the best, but it will not disappoint and we always walk away happy after a meal at Ambala. If that’s not good enough, a 15% discount is available for students dining in. For the lazier folk out there (us, for instance), no discount is available for delivery but orders above £10 are delivered free before midnight.

More information is available from their website here.

Restaurant Information
222 – 224 City Road
Cardiff CF24 3JH
United Kingdom
Tel: 029 2048 6701

5 Responses to "Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway"

1 | Eat Only Lar! » Blog Archive » .cn Authentic Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway (食间)

July 13th, 2011 at 11:53 am


[…] The restaurant is located on City Road near Tenkaichi Sushi & Noodle Bar and Ambala Restaurant & Takeaway. […]

2 | SWL

July 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm


The takeaway portions are much smaller than the dine-in portions though, for the same amount of money.

3 | Choi Yen

July 15th, 2011 at 2:10 am


I never know how to appreciate Indian food except roti canai & naan 😛

4 | eatonlylar

July 15th, 2011 at 1:17 pm


SWL: The briyani is bigger when dining-in as opposed to have it to take away. But as for the curries (saag paneer and rogan josh), the portions were indeed smaller when we dined-in.

Choi Yen: Do give it a try, there are so many nice (and delicious) things to discover! =D

5 | Ma’Cik Biryani, The Curve, Selangor | Eat Only Lar!

March 29th, 2012 at 7:58 pm


[…] Ever since coming back from Cardiff, we have been eating a lot of good food. However, one of the things that we miss most about the UK is the briyani (believe it or not). The ones that we’ve tried in Malaysia just do not seem to have the same level of satisfaction as a tried and proven Ambala mixed briyani. […]

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