IT CAN be great fun going on an adventure in dining, checking out the new places to see what’s good, what’s bad, what’s indifferent.
But sometimes you have to return to an old and trusted favourite – even if just to act as a benchmark for your other outings.
Which is why I ended up sitting on the comfy couch of Tandoori Haven, sipping a beer and waiting for my takeout to arrive.
And I didn’t have too long to wait – although I still feel bad about taunting the taxi driver with the wafting fine odours on the short trip home.
Mrs B and I decided to share lamb tikka (£3.50) as a starter and were rewarded with a zingy tender treat that was melt-in-the-mouth fine. Very yummy.
Seeing as we were on a benchmark theme, we picked our usual chicken dansak (£6.50).
The dish had a simply wonderful creamy texture to it – without any cream, just beautifully cooked lentils and lots of them.
It carried a fair kick, too, but not enough to overwhelm the flavour of the huge chunks of chicken.
My personal favourite was the chicken dulhaniya (£7.95).
It was rich and subtle, with a sweet and sour tang, complemented by freshly cooked tomatoes and even fresher coriander.
The chickpeas gave it bite and the lemon that nice citrus touch. A masterful dish.
As you get 10% off for collecting your order, our bill, with rice and garlic naan, came to £22.95.