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Abduls Tandoori Spice Restaurant
ABDUL’S Tandoori Spice is a busy and lively curry house tucked away on the quayside in Cardigan. Very popular with the both locals and, come the busier months of the year, with tourists too. The perfect venue to have good meal and lively natter with my sister, who was staying for the week.
On our visit, early on a Friday evening, the restaurant was already in full swing, filled with diners and buzzing with chatter and laughter. A real mix of people, families, couples and a loud group of youngsters who were all happily tucking into their curries.
The staff whizzed around efficiently, serving up sizzling dishes filling the restaurant with a deliciously spicy aroma.
Warmly greeted on arrival, we were shown to our table. Abdul’s does not serve alcohol, but is happy for you to take your own. Our wine was soon opened, before we were supplied with poppadoms, (75p each) and a chutney tray (2.95) allowing us time to natter and make our dinner selection. Abduls offer an extensive menu including plenty of house specialities.
To start we ordered a Bhuna Prawn Puree (£4.50), and Bhuna Chicken Puree (£4.50). For our mains, with eyes as usual always bigger than our stomachs, ordered far too much. As we went for a starter we decided to share a main and played safe with the tasty Chicken Korma (£7.95).A Mushroom Rice (£3.95), Saag Chana Aloo Bhaji (£4.25) and a portion of chips (£2.35) were also ordered.
As the waiter walked away my sister mutters what we always mutter when ordering a curry, that we’ll never eat it all. A short while later, when the colourful food was arranged on our table, we certainly gave it a good attempt!Both our purees starters, were served piping hot, being both generous in portion and deliciously rich and spicy.The Korma was rich and sweet, with the cream and coconut sauce holding plenty of generously sized chunks of tender chicken. The Saag Chana Aloo Bhaji was deliciously spicy, spinach, chickpeas, potatoes all cooked with spices and garnished with plenty of fresh coriander. Served alongside a generous portion of chunky crisp chips and mushroom rice which complemented the meal perfectly.
We may have played safe with our choice of curry but it was delicious. The portions were generous and we failed miserably to finish everything!
The staff were courteous, efficient and friendly, allowing us plenty of time between courses with the general atmosphere of the restaurant being lively and fun, perfect for two loud sisters to catch up. This is a small curry house with a big personality and well worth a visit.
ABDUL’S Tandoori Spice
2 Royal Oak, Quay St, Cardigan, SA43 1HR
Reviewed by Sam Jones