The Waterfall Indian Restaurant, EarleyBy Phil Creighton
June 10, 2009
Here's a confession: I was late for dinner. Not because I was running late, but because I didn’t know the area and cycled right past The Waterfall.
It caused much hilarity to my dining companion Ian as he saw me completely miss the restaurant and carry on down the road. Only a passing policeman, at the very end of Silverdale Road, managed to put me right.
My excuse is that The Waterfall’s advertising uses sky blue colours, whereas the shopfront is green. It’s not a terrific excuse, but I’m sticking to it.
Still, Ian managed to enjoy a beer and peruse the menu while chuckling at my inability to read shop names.
The Waterfall is a classic Indian restaurant that specialises in fish. It’s busy – taking takeaway requests over the phone – and, even thought it was an ordinary Tuesday evening, the dining area was also bustling.
Decorated in contemporary style and with some seriously stylish cutlery, this is a very relaxed environment to be in.
Kingfishers and poppadoms ordered, we got on with the serious business of choosing our meal.
The mixed platter (£5.95) was Ian’s choice for starter. The meaty plate featured lamb and chicken tikka, sheek kebab and a beautiful onion bhaji that looked as if it had been piped rather than thrown together.
He said it was very tasty, polished the plate off and complimented the lack of ghee left on the plate. This was a grease-free dish.
My starter was the chicken takizee (£4.25), four large barbecued breast pieces seared in garlic flavoured sauced. Remember that garlic, I’ll be coming back to it later. The sauce thankfully wasn’t overpowering and the meat was succulent.
My main choice came from the house specials, the ghosht e lazeez (£7.95). A lamb dish, the sauce included lemon grass, ginger and coriander. The lamb was perfect: not fatty or grisly and the sauce was moderately spiced so not to offend.
Ian chose the Adrak Ki Mass (£10.25) from the fish menu.
The Waterfall specialises in ocean-themed dishes including this one, comprising monkfish in a sweet and sour ginger sauce.
“They like their ginger here,” Ian joked as he tucked into his first ever fishy curry.
He loved it, revelling in the fact that the spices didn’t overpower the delicate flavour of the fish.
“It works,” he added, “it’s good.”
Our side was a mushroom bhajee (£3.50) and we ordered a mushroom fried rice (£3.10) to go with it.
We also asked for our waiter’s favourite naan – garlic (£2.25) he said. It arrived looking and smelling like a pizza: pesto and garlic all over. Gorgeous. Now, remember that garlic in the takizee? Just be glad you didn’t smell my breath the next day.
The relaxed atmosphere and attentive service meant we enjoyed our evening, never feeling rushed or hurried.
And you’ll be pleased to know I didn’t get lost going home.
- Telephone: (0118) 926 8282
- Address: The Waterfall
4 The Parade