Friday, 19 November 2010
South Indian food is not your bog-standard, Saturday night take-away Indian. Sindhoor is only the second South Indian restaurant in Manchester (as far as I know, anyway, the only other one is Lily's Vegetarian in Ashton), and it doesn't shy away from plunging the diner into unfamiliar territory.
There are no chicken tikka masalas here, and the korma (or Kuruma as they style it) tastes better than any korma you've had previously. There is a whole page devoted to dosas (huge rice flour pancakes with fillings) and uttapams (a thick rice flour omlette-like pancake containing vegetables), which the vast majority of non-Indians will never have heard of or tasted. There are also other oddities that celebrate the Indian obsession with Chinese food (Indian-style, of course) in dishes such as the deliciously sticky Chilli Chicken.
The chefs at Sindhoor aren't afraid of packing a punch either. Their dishes are jam-packed with spices and chillies, and the flavours are multi-layered, expanding in your mouth. The portions are large, but don't leave you with that heavy and bloated feeling as so many of Manchester's curry houses do. For such deceptively large portions, the prices are reasonable, clocking in at between £5.50-£8 for almost all dishes.
For an unusual and satisfying menu (albeit slightly tardy service), head to Sindhoor and stuff yourself on dishes you'll have to explain to your friends when you tell them about it.