Monsoon Indian Restaurant in Tettenhall is certainly a must visit, offering delicious quality food at superb prices and served by its lovely, friendly staff.
My partner Michael and I decided we would go out on a Friday evening for a curry, and Monsoon was our chosen venue. Located down a small alley way on Upper Green, as you enter the building the area is well lit with funky glass lamp shades, upstairs you can take a seat in the chic bar area whilst awaiting your take away and enjoy a drink, or you can go straight through to the restaurant and be seated at your table. The décor is beautiful throughout with many Buddhas scattered around.
As soon as we were seated and drinks ordered we asked for a couple of poppadum’s and dips whilst we looked over the menu, I was determined to try something new and not just the usual chicken tikka masala Id usually go for. The poppadum’s and dips were delicious especially the mint yogurt, really creamy, a fantastic start!
For starters I had eventually decided on the samosa chaat and Mike opted for his favourite chicken pakora. Both arrived looking great, especially mine, it literally was the prettiest samosa id ever seen! A vegetarian option, a fresh and crunchy samosa stuffed with chickpeas, tomato and onion relish and drizzled with mint yoghurt, tamarind and green chutney finished with a chaat masala seasoning. It was literally bursting with flavour with a delicious spice kick to it, Mike soon offered his help and was really surprised how fantastic it was, the sweet and sour taste form the tamarind complimenting the mint yoghurt and the crisp samosa, I would go back just for this and only £3.75, worth every penny!
Mike’s pakora was 3 big chunks or seasoned chicken encased in crispy batter with a fresh salad, we had done some forward thinking and kept the mint yoghurt from the poppadum’s back from this. Everything was fresh, tasty, the chicken was really succulent and again priced @ £3.95 very good value for money. Most starter are around £4 or less making them very affordable and allowing you to taste something new.
So, for mains I was absolutely delighted to see a beef dish on an Indian Restaurants menu! New to their menu was the Bangladeshi Beef, a traditional dish with fine beef, slow cooked with butternut squash and herbs and spices. Mike was a little less adventurous and opted for the Tandoori mixed grill. The menu offers plenty of dishes with all meats, fish and lots of vegetarian options too, so good for all tastes and appetites and clearly described. To accompany our mains, we opted to share a portion of their new coconut and cashew rice, Mike had a keema nann and I chose a plain nann.
Arriving looking superb, Mike’s was literally a meat feast, a pile of kebabs, sheikh kebab, lamb tikka, chicken tikka, tandoori chicken and wings, again a fresh salad and roasted onions. It looked incredible; however, I had definitely chosen the right dish! The beef combined with the creamy butternut squash and all the spices was just incredible, almost softening the curry with honey, it really has to be one of the best curry’s Ive tasted in a long time – that good Mike was very quick asking to share. The beef literally was huge chunks that just pulled apart, being a beef lover, this really was a treat and I would very highly recommend
We were a little bit conscious of trying the coconut rice in case it was overpowering, but I have to say I had made another perfect choice, very subtle coconut flavouring that just complimented the curry perfectly, it was perfect and with the crunchy cashews it was fabulous.
The nann breads were both hot, soft and crunchy all at the same time and very much enjoyed by both of us. Mike got stuck half way through his mixed grill (due to the fact he had stole half my curry) and we asked to take the rest home, which was no problem at all and enjoyed shortly after by our teenage son at home.
Both of our mains were priced @ £10.95 which was the average mains price and great value, especially the mixed grill, it was just a pile of fresh, succulent delicious meats. The rice’s and nan breads are all around £3 each and one rice was enough for both is us, so you really can enjoy a starter, main, rice and nan for under £20, but more than value, it was just delicious, tasty and plentiful. We had both commented on how attentive and friendly all the staff were with many of them laughing and chatting to other diners, clear it must pull a regular crowd and I can understand why.
I genuinely don’t think you can find better quality or value for money and we will certainly be returning, although I won’t need to read the menu next time, same for me - and Mike, I’m not sharing again!
Why not join Monsoon on a Sunday or Tuesday for their Eat, Drink & Relax £10.95 evenings? Any starter, main a nann or rice followed by coffee and mints (£2.50 supplement on fish and king prawn dishes) booking is advisable.
Monsoon Indian Restaurant
4a Upper Green
Tel: 01902 756052
Facebook: Monsoon Tettenhall