Iman’s is the regular Indian restaurant of choice for a number of folks that I know. Indeed, last time I caught up with my tie man, www.tieclub.co.uk‘s Phil, he gave me an impassioned account of how Iman’s was, in fact, better than Mithas.
I was joined, this evening, but a dazzling array of folks, including our veggie correspondent, Sandra, most of whom had quested before, to places like Hongfu, Origano, and The Bonham. Laura, Susan and Graham were questing for the first time.
Extending across two main dining areas, Iman’s has been doing good business for a number of years. Their menu covers all the classic bases. A number of house specials, from the cookbook of the chef’s mother, no less, round out the menu.
I kept things fairly traditional, opting to start with a mixed selection, then follow that with the tandoori mixed grill. The table shared the usual profusion of rice and naan.
Starters were a bit of a mixed bag. A spicy seekh kebab was good, but some of the other meaty items were on the dry side, particularly a piece of chicken pakora. There was some dissention in the ranks about the poppadoms, too.
Main courses fared an awful lot better. A range of dishes were sampled round the table, with the aloo gosht, which was today’s special, proving richly flavour-packed.
My tandoori mixed grill was an epic feast. A whole chicken leg was accompanied by nice pieces of lamb and chicken, a lamb chop, some more of the spicy seekh, and good accompanying rice and salad. I made a pretty good fist of tucking it all away, and was left full and happy.
Decent espresso rounded out what has been an enjoyable evening.
After a slow start, Iman’s really got things cooking with their main courses. I’d happily go back, and would be pleased to sample any number of their dishes. I don’t think the place is near the quality of Mithas, but if you’re looking for a solidly reliable, busy curry-house, with an excellent breadth of dishes, I’d be happy to recommend a visit to Iman’s.
Blythe scores Iman’s
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
Today’s questers were: Laura, Susan, Ana, Sandra, Phil, Andrew, Alan, Michael, Michael, Malcolm, Graham, Blythe
I ate: tandoori mixed grill
I drank: rioja
I wore: www.tieclub.co.uk tie
Total bill: c.£20 per head