Archive for February, 2009
The Noor Jahan; the best value for money Indian restaurant Nottingham has to offer.
Being a thriving city, full of students, workers and commuters, Nottingham has a high demand for quick and easy food. However, as economics states, the higher the demand for a product, usually, the higher the price is charged for that product. You may find this in certain restaurants around the City of Nottingham, yet I believe that this does not apply when you visit a certain restaurant Nottingham is currently hosting.
The Noor Jahan is an Indian restaurant Nottingham modestly hides away on Mansfield Road, amid tens of take-aways and fast food shops, yet in my own personal opinion it is quite easily the best value Indian restaurant Nottingham has to offer, if not simply the best value for money restaurant Nottingham has, period.
Whilst looking for a place to dine, my friends and I came across The Noor Jahan on Mansfield road, located about 5 minutes away from our residence. After glancing at the menu we came across a deal, designed per person, that seemed to be too good to be true: one starter, one main course with a side of either naan bread or a vegetable dish, with coffee and mints to be served at the end, all for a price of £10.95. At first we decided to eat there purely because we were students (and still are) and it seemed to be the cheapest 'real' restaurant Nottingham had available to us (and when I say 'real' I mean a restaurant that cooks the food, serves it at a table, and takes the crockery away with them) and after entering, our thoughts that the food would be disappointing were all but confirmed. The restaurant was completely empty, save myself, my 4 friends, and the two members of staff. However the phrase 'never judge a book by its cover' was never more appropriate, nor was the idea of myself eating humble pie, despite actually dining at an Indian restaurant.
To put it simply, the food was fantastic; the starter was large enough to be a main and the main was delicious enough to be dessert. I started with an Onion Bhaji which turned out to be two of the biggest I'd seen, cooked with a truly authentic Indian taste. For the main I went for a King Prawn Tandoori which was served straight off the sizzling hot plate in front of me which counted for great showmanship. On the side I had a Keema Naan which, quite frankly was larger than my plate itself. The service was fantastic, and although the place was empty, it never felt awkward save for the first 2 minutes.
The Noor Jahan was fantastic value for money, and as I have said, in my opinion it is the best value for money Indian restaurant Nottingham has to offer. Not only was it ideal for those on a budget, but the food served was worthy of more than a mere £10.95 per head (something I hope was reflected in our tip). The only downside was the lack of people eating there, to be honest, it was an injustice, yet they showed to me that they can keep concentrated at all times.
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