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Dinner at Prashad

August 21, 2011

Good afternoon! The weekend is coming towards an end again, which always makes me a little bit sad. At least I’m off work the week after next, so I only have to get through this week at work. I’m going to be away for a few days, so does anyone want to write a guest post? If you’re interested drop me an e-mail (picnicsarah@gmail.com). I would be more than happy to return the favour anytime.

First of all an apology for clogging up everyone’s Google Readers. I’ve been messing about with the blog this afternoon and I ended up republishing a few of my old posts. Despite what you might have read I’m not taking a break from blogging!

Last night Peter and I went out for dinner at a brilliant Indian restaurant in Bradford called Prashad. It is completely vegetarian, vegan options are clearly marked on the menu and many of the dishes could be made vegan is requested. Both Peter and I are occasional meat-eaters, but we both appreciate good vegetarian food, so this was perfect.

Prashad is located in a residential area and is basically just a terraced house. There are only about 10 tables, so booking was definitely necessary, especially as it was a finalist in Gordon Ramsey’s best restaurants. We were a bit early, so we had to wait in a little waiting room across the street where there was a DVD of the TV programme running – they are obviously very proud. With good reason as well, the food was some of the best that I have ever eaten!

My photographs don’t do the food the justice it deserves unfortunately, but the presentation was fabulous. We started off with poppadums and dips.

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I’ve never seen curly poppadums before, but they were fun. The menu isn’t huge, but we still had difficulty choosing – I could honestly have eaten anything on there. We went for a tasting platter as a starter.

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I can’t remember exactly what everything was, but it included a chickpea flour bread, a fried coconut ball, a spinach ball and a paneer samosa.

We shared our main courses – a chickpea curry and an aubergine and potato curry.

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We chose rotlis and cumin and onion basmati rice as sides.

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I was pretty full after polishing off my main meal, but it would have been criminal not to have dessert. We shared a mango dessert that was really thick, creamy and sweet – perfect!

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We finished with Masala tea, which was Yorkshire tea with masala spices in – I’ve never had tea that set my mouth on fire before.

I had to undo the button on my jeans on the way home, but every mouthful of the delicious food was worth it!

I’ll finish with a cautionary tale though. I mentioned in my post yesterday that we were going to Prashad. When we were at dinner the waiter came over to say we had a phone call, which has never happened to me before – I thought someone had died (I have a dramatic streak!). It was Peter’s Dad who wanted to ask him a question and had found out where we had gone from my blog! It made me think how easy it is to give too much information out which could compromise my safety (although obviously no harm done in this situation).

Do you like Indian food? I’ve never been a fan, but I’ve had some nice Indian meals recently that have started to change my mind.

Do you ever think about whether you’re putting too much information on your blog?

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Errign permalink
    August 21, 2011 5:16 pm

    I’d love to write a guest post for you, depending on when you need it buy as I’m going out of town this coming weekend as well. I’ll try to remember to email you, but if you don’t hear from me, just remind me 🙂

    I love Indian food. Yum. Sometimes I think about the info overshare, but I don’t usually stress about it TOO much 🙂

  2. August 21, 2011 6:00 pm

    That looks so good! Popadoms are my favourite, i could happily eat 10 instead of a meal haha 🙂
    I’d love to do a guest post, i just dropped you an email.
    During the riots i was talking to someone on twitter and gave them a link to my address on google maps to show how close i was. The next day i woke up thinking “why did i do that?!” stupid sarah!

  3. August 21, 2011 6:11 pm

    I adore indian food and that place looks amazing, I would love to visit it some time! Good point about the blog safety stuff, that’s quite scary in a way!

  4. August 21, 2011 6:26 pm

    That is definitely scary that Peter’s dad kind of blog stalked you.Probably best to write these things up after the fact.The restaurant looks fabulous.

  5. August 21, 2011 8:44 pm

    love indian food its the one thing that I make a lot of. really great to make ahead and freeze.

  6. Rob permalink
    August 22, 2011 7:05 am

    That’s interesting about Prashad.

    I’ve had a couple of takeaways from there and we ate there once – all about 5/6 years ago when we lived north of Bradford for a few years.

    It was popular then and booking was generally advised though the waiting room across the street will have been a post Gordon Ramsay addition.

    the food was very, very good though the presentation looks to have gone a little more up market since we last went.

    If you want to try something similar in Leeds give Hansas a whirl.

    We are all big fands of Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi food. I’ve even cooked a selection of curries for Christmas day lunch in 2 of the last 3 years – and its favourite for this year too.

  7. August 22, 2011 9:59 am

    That restaurant looks lovely with so much delicious food! 🙂

  8. August 22, 2011 10:23 am

    I was wondering why so many posts had suddenly come up in my google reader after being away for one night! 🙂 The restaurant looks great. I love indian food, always x

  9. August 22, 2011 10:40 am

    I loooooove Indian food! That restaurant sounds amazing!

  10. August 22, 2011 1:55 pm

    What a lovely restaurant! the food looks amazing – my housemate lives in Bradford, I’ll have to check it out when I visit her!

  11. August 22, 2011 3:23 pm

    I have concerns about how much information I put on my blog for professional and personal safety reasons, which is why I’m sort of anonymous. Professionally speaking I don’t think my employers would look badly on me for having a blog (nor do I think employers would look badly on any blog if they randomly googled you unless it’s spreading bile and hatred for example), but they may find it a bit odd and I know I have colleagues who might take the mick a bit if they found out. Also I’m wary of putting that I’m going away on my blog , especially if I mentioned specifically where I live. I’m probably being overly paranoid but it’s not a risk I’m keen on taking.

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