Food Review: Miah’s Garden of Gulab, ReadingBy Lucia Juttla
December 17, 2010
The Miah’s chain has, this year, celebrated its 30th anniversary and one cold December lunchtime, my husband Kam and I visited the original restaurant, the Garden of Gulab on the Wokingham Road, to try its Christmas Feast Menu.
It includes five courses for at least two diners, at £19.95 per person. It offers a fantastic selection across four different menus to choose from.
Your appetite is whetted with the traditional poppadoms and chutneys, then you can enjoy an entrée of honeydew melon.
Miah’s well-thought out starters include a choice of salmon baharee sail (salmon roasted over charcoal fire with green peppers, lemons and Brussel sprouts), Christmas grill starter (turkey and duck tikka roasted in the tandoori with special blend of spices served on a sizzling platter of Brussel sprouts) and, for the vegetarian Mumtai-e-zameen (a delicate shami with spinach and channa dahl, cumin, kasoori methi and dill, stuffed with cheese, paneer and khoya, pan grilled in butter).
Main courses include marinated duck sprout shaslick, chicken tikka shahi moghul, and turkey chicken rasili.
Add in side dishes, naan bread and rice there’s every chance you’ll struggle to make it to the desserts table: ice-cream is on offer, finishing off with a cappuccino or tea.
All the ingredients at Miah’s have been carefully planned down to a fine art by owner Jamshed Miah and his chefs – the subtle flavours blend well together. The result is one of the finest Indian cuisines around. The presentation is always excellent and there is never any question as to whether the food has been freshly prepared.
We give it top marks every time.
Miah’s four restaurants (there are other branches in Pangbourne, Spencer’s Wood and in Whitley Street), pride themselves on creating friendly and helpful atmospheres, with expert staff equally capable of serving up an feast for 80 or one.
The Garden of Gulab has been shortlisted, along with just 100 others in the country, for the British Curry Award in 2007 and 2009. This is the Oscars for the industry and, coupled with its four stars for food safety, puts it among the top venues in town.
The chain also boasts some amazing offers – it currently serves two courses for £6.95 before 6pm every day, 25 per cent discount on your food bill on Mondays and, on Sundays, all children aged eight and under can enjoy a free meal, while children aged 9 to 11 pay £3.95 and adults pay £6.95.
The restaurants also open throughout Christmas and are taking bookings for Christmas Day and Sunday, December 26 lunchtimes.
We really enjoyed our visit and we’re looking forward to the next one.
- Telephone: (0118) 966 7979
- Website: www.miahs.co.uk
- Address: Miah’s Garden of Gulab, 130 Wokingham Road, Reading