Food Review: Sultan Balti Palace, WokinghamBy Victoria Corbett
October 08, 2010
Having dished out delicious dhals and brilliant bhunas to the curry fans of Wokingham for more than 10 years, the team at Sultan Balti knows how to please.
I have come across many a spice addict in the town who has remained loyal to the Balti over the years – a sure sign this curry house knows how to hit the right spot.
Now with a new manager fronting the team, the restaurant is continuing to dish out tasty treats for the foodies with a penchant for Indian flavours.
I must confess when I visited the Sultan Balti in Market Place for this review, it was not my first time there.
In fact, I have eaten there so many times over the years since my arrival at Times Towers I have lost count.
However, surely this is in itself an indicator of just how great a place it is.
The building that has been the Balti’s home for more than 10 years is in keeping with Wokingham’s image as an historic market town. It boasts impressive timber beams and cosy corners make it ideal for an intimate meal as a couple or a catch up with old friends.
On my latest visit, we decided to let our waiter pick the dishes for us, wanting to sample the restaurant’s favourite dishes.
We started with poppadoms (60p each plus £1.75 for pickle tray), which came with a fiery lime pickle so irresistible you cannot stop going back for another taste, even if the spice has left you gasping for a sip of water.
For our starters, we were handed lehsooni whitebait (£4.95) – thinly battered whitebait marinated with crushed garlic and red chillies. The fish was beautifully crunchy, and although it had been fried was not greasy and came served on a spicy poppadom.
We were also brought a prawn puri (£4.95), which was prawns cooked in a rich and thick sauce with spices and served on puri bread, which is most commonly served at breakfast in India – I would happily tuck into it at any time of day.
The main courses we enjoyed were chicken kerahi (£7.95), my personal favourite and I couldn’t get enough of dipping the generously-sized peshwari naan bread (£3.95) to mop up all the delicious sauce, which was on the right side of hot.
We also had the ghost hasina (£7.95), from the chef’s tandoori specials section and I cannot recommend it enough.
The lamb had that beautiful char-grilled flavour and it came delicately spiced with vegetables, including onion and tomatoes.
We also sampled a dhal dish with lentils in a dark and medium spiced sauce and a Bombay aloo side dish, which had soft, but not soggy, potatoes and a tomato-flavoured sauce.
This was all topped off with some perfect pilau rice (£3.50).
If you have not tried the Sultan Balti Palace yet when that curry craving hits, do it. You won’t regret it.
If you have not been for a while, it’s definitely worth a return visit.
And as if you needed any more reason to pay the Balti a visit, this month, the Market Place restaurant is taking part in a charity fundraiser that means eating there is also helping to save lives.
The restaurant has signed up to the Fight Hunger Eat Out campaign, where customers will be able to donate £1 to raise money towards the Action Against Hunger programmes worldwide.
Sultan Balti Palace’s new manager Athar Ali says: “We heard about this fundraising activity and thought our customers would like the opportunity to join in while enjoying a meal with us.”
- Telephone: (0118) 977 4397
- Website: www.sultanpalace.co.uk
7 Market Place,