I feel like I haven’t done a foodie review in forever! Fortunately, I was kindly invited along to Amaani at The Pumphouse a few weeks ago with my boyfriend and my Mam to try the newest restaurant addition to Durham’s foodie scene! I was really looking forward to visiting Amaani because I absolutely love Indian food.
Situated beside the River Wear in Durham City Centre, Amaani offers the finest Indian cuisine with a picturesque view. It’s really quite easy to find and boasts a truly stunning backdrop amongst nature’s beauty.
Matched with the picture-perfect surrounding is the restaurant itself. The interior is bright and contemporary, which in contrast to traditional Indian Restaurants was fabulous!
On arrival, we were welcomed warmly inside by the attentive staff. Good manners go a long way, don’t they? There’s a lounge area where you can settle down for a pre-meal drink if you’re waiting for your table which I thought was a nice touch as there’s nothing worse than waiting around standing on top of people is there?!
We didn’t have to wait as our table was ready, we were nestled in the corner of the main restaurant. There’s a relaxing atmosphere around the place and as soon as I was seated I felt at ease.
The menu has been developed by their team accomplished chefs, offering an array of dishes to indulge any palate. According to their professionals, each meal has been exquisitely crafted to strike a perfect balance of authentic and contemporary.
I was really impressed with the variety of the menu, from meats, seafood and signature dishes there really is something for everyone, even my picky boyfriend! Something worth mentioning about the menu was the dish description, I find it really hard to try new dishes when it comes to Indian food as I never know what’s in the dishes! The descriptions within the menu were really clear so I decided to go out of my comfort zone and steer away from my usual order!
For starter, I went for the Chicken Momo (£4.95) which is basically spicy stir-fried chicken, spring onion, coriander, chilli, turmeric and green pepper wrapped in puree bread. My Mam went for the Bhuna King Prawn on Puree (£6.85) and my boyfriend had the Sheek Kebab (£3.95).
The Chicken Momo was delicious, the chicken was so succulent and flavoursome! The Bhuna King Prawns were huge much to my Mams delight and the Sheek Kebab was divine.
For mains, I choose the Chicken Rogan (£8.75) which is medium hot cubes of chicken cooked with tomato and garlic, served with a special fresh tomato and onion sauce. My Mam tried the Sag Gosht (£9.75) which is spring lamb cooked with fresh spinach, herbs garlic flavoured with fenugreek and fresh coriander and my boyfriend had the Chicken Tikka Masala (£9.65) which is tikka chicken barbecued in tandoor then cooked with fresh coconut and fine peanut powder with a mixture of medium spices. I would have usually gone for the Chicken Tikka Masala so I was intrigued to see whether a Chicken Rogan would turn in to my new ‘usual order’!
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the Chicken Rogan, it was less creamy than a normal curry meaning the tomato and garlic were very tangy and bursting with aroma. I did try my boyfriends Chicken Tikka though, I couldn’t resist! The chicken was cooked to perfection and the masala sauce was velvety on the palette, scrumptious! The Sag Gosht was described by my Mam, as I didn’t get a forkful, as delicious.
I thought the portion sizes were just right, I sometimes feel overly full after an Indians since Indian dishes can be quite heavy however these weren’t. Despite not feeling too full, we decided against a dessert as we didn’t want to roll out of the place! Amaani offers a great dessert menu with a few sweet treats.
Overall, we had a lovely evening at Amaani. The service was brilliant and the food was outstanding, I’d go as far as to say it’s 5*. I can’t wait to go back and take my friends! If you’re an avid North East Foodie or simply visiting the area, Amaani is a must-visit!