13 Jul, 2011
Ambala Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
222 – 224 City Road
Cardiff CF24 3JH
United Kingdom .
Tel: 029 2048 6701