This week I went on an adventure to Leicester.
With my hunters hat on & and my saddle buckled tightly around my waist I was off to explore the streets of Leicester ready to uncover yet another hidden gem.
I arrived onto the Golden Mile on Belgrave Road, a stretch of road dotted with the most authentic restaurants. Seeking the best one we started trotting along the mile.
The marooned coloured walls of Bobbys shone in the then setting sun & stood out to me the most amongst the other white washed restaurants. A cute café styled restaurant that is passionate about serving vegetarian food.
Upon entering the restaurant I first noticed the takeaway bar before I noticed the wait to be seated sign. We were quickly served by Tonima who seated us at our table and handed us our menus.
I love how the dishes had cute illustrations on the side so that you knew what your order would come out like.
I was drawn to the Thaali straight away.
A thaali is used to describe the silver plate which is used to place small bowls of food each consisting of different flavours. To be eaten with either rice, puris which is a deep fried bread, or roti.
I chose the biggest thaali which consisted of:
A Choice Of Four Chappatis Or Puris
Choice of Dal or Kadi
& Roasted Popadum
We also ordered some grilled paneer which is fresh cheese common in South India and some paani puris which is a common street snack in India.
When my Thaali was bought out to me I can genuinely confess I felt like I was in a hut on the side of the railway lines in India sitting amongst the hustle and bustle of the workers taking a break from their work. I rubbed my hands together, ripped off a piece of puri and dug straight into the potatoes!
Each and every dish had its own set of flavours and each of them burst in my mouth. I hadn’t ever tried such a an enriched potato dish. Even the paneer ran a riot of flavour in my mouth.
Daal is made up of lentis and this is a dish we have at home. Ours is usually a lot thicker and tastes a lot more tangy due to the tomatoes we use but the daal in this dish was a little more watery. The flavour however is one I hadn’t tried in a daal. A combination of sweet and sour it adds a dimension to the entire meal!
The restaurant offers a traditional menu style service as well as a buffet set up for those who prefer unlimited amounts of food!
The restaurants décor revolved around the top grossing Indian movie of the 70’s; Bobby. Oh the 70’S! Bollywood most colourful and vibrant era yet! My heart belongs in the 50 & 60’s of Bollywood I would be lying if I didn’t admit that it is the 70’s that redefined fashion for India!
The only part of the meal I wasn’t overly happy with were the puris. They were too oily for my liking and I did eventually end up feeling sickly after eating just one.
Besides this I was I felt like we were tended to very well & were recommended the best dishes to eat by the team there. The restaurant filled up pretty quickly as night fell over us but the service given was still intact.
Bobbys in Leicester has opened my tastebuds to a whole new universe of tastes and flavours!
What are some of your favourite vegetarian restaurants?