Acclaimed indian restaurant converts a church into its 2nd premier indian dining concept, in Morley.
In this day and age, there appears to be new restaurants popping up on every street corner and in my opinion, more often than not, they’re nothing overly special. They’re merely somewhere good for your tea when you can’t be bothered to cook. Despite all this, I believe I’ve found a new restaurant on the block, or on a hill (I should say), well worth visiting.
Driving through the market town of Morley (I know – Morley, but why not?) you’re greeted by what is, theoretically, a ‘church on a hill’ (great title for a book/film). This 16th Century listed building is the perfect setting for an evening meal. It’s not too easy to find- just drive to the bottom of Morley and look up for a church – then you have found it; majestically seated at the top of a long steep drive. It’s not very often my partner and I are in the mood for Indian food but there seemed to be something about the aesthetic of Mumbai Village that drew us in. We had tried the (fantastic) Guiseley one, which also aided our choice.
The not-so-accessible parking is a little tricky to master but once you’re parked and have entered the restaurant, you see that the place has an old-world environment which complements the wonderful design of the restaurant perfectly. The newly refurbished bar area is classy and modern, where my partner and I enjoyed a mocktail and had a little look at the vast menu while we awaited our table.
Heading upstairs to our table, we were greeted by the restaurant’s original timber beamed roofing. It made for a tremendous setting for the amazing food we were about to experience. The menu offers a wide variety of both traditional and modern mouth-watering dishes. My partner has a very weak tolerance to spicy food; to put this into perspective – she struggles to eat Doritos Chilli Heatwave crisps without getting a sweat on. Despite this, the chef was more than happy to cater to her needs. In the end, she ordered a mild Fish Tikka to start and Chicken Tikka Masala for main (extra mild with added cream). My partner really appreciated the chef doing this. It is evidence of individual cooking, which shows they do cook their food from fresh.
On the other hand, its’s never normally a difficult choice for me when it comes to Indian food. I seem to always stick with the same meal and very rarely venture out of my comfort zone; most of the time I don’t even bother looking at the menu – if you know what you like, why change it, right? However, after having a talk with the waiter about my taste preferences, he highly recommended I went for the King Prawn Puri to start and the Lamb Handi for main.
My usual Lamb Chops and Chicken Dopiaza had been benched as the waiter’s recommendation was now being prepared by the chef. I must admit; even though it is ridiculous – I was a little nervous. The usual meal I know and love, was no more. Was this going to be a waste of a meal? Should I have stayed within my comfort zone?
At first glance, my starter didn’t look particularly appetising (King Prawn Puri) compared to the finesse of my partner’s starter (Fish Tikka). The Fish Tikka had four large pieces of chunky haddock marinated in tikka spices, giving it a wonderful, rustic orange colour. Although they looked amazing, my partner said she was let down a little by how dry they were.
The presentation of my starter was a little heavy handed. King Prawns and sauce appeared to have been thrown into the centre of a Puri and slapped down on a plate. However, despite all of this; it didn’t matter. I was blown away. The juicy giant prawns burst with spice while the creamy tomato sauce soothed my taste buds.
Hoping my main to be as good as
my starter, I tucked in with sheer delight.
The lamb melted in my mouth with a
perfect combination of both spice and sweetness, mopping up the remainder of
the sauce with the largest garlic naan I’ve ever seen. Truly astonishing. No more chicken dopiaza for me.
Although it may make many peoples’ toes curl, my partner’s curry tasted just how she likes it; sweet and creamy, almost like a dessert. Not my cup of tea but if that’s what you enjoy then so be it. She was little overwhelmed by the portion sizes but relished every mouthful.
For both myself and my partner, the overall experience was astounding with the only issue being, is the food too good? Morley is a little further afield for me but now I know the delights it has to offer, it has to be my new Indian port of call.
Dawson House, Dawson Hill
Phone: 0113 253 1253