Bangla Spice is ranked number 2 out of 44 restaurants in Leyland on TripAdvisor, so what would Guardian reporter KAY TAYLOR make of her visit there?
I used to enjoy going to the Top Wok on Wigan Road – it was my favourite Chinese restaurant, although admittedly, I hadn’t been for quite a while.
So I was quite surprised to discover that when I suggested a trip there to my mum recently, she told me it was no longer the Top Wok, but was an Indian restaurant instead.
I’m not sure how long Bangla Spice has been open, and I haven’t heard anyone talking about it, but it was reasonably busy on the Thursday night we visited.
It’s quite a large restaurant, so was nowhere near full and we hadn’t booked, but it was bustling enough for there to be a lively atmosphere - and quiet enough for service to be speedy.
We were seated in the bar area at first and ordered a round of drinks whilst we looked through the menu.
The first thing I noticed was how modern and bright the area was.
There were four of us and some fancied something a little different, whereas others were happy to go for the tried and trusted favourites, and the menu certainly had a lot on offer for all tastes.
We started with pappadums and chutneys - although sadly didn’t get the side of lime pickle as we’d requested.
We didn’t want to ask for it once the food arrived either, as the staff had already seemed a bit put out when we asked to move tables because we were initially seated next to a red hot radiator.
My dad and I both went for vegetable samosas, which were OK but a bit bland as if they had come out of a packet rather than made fresh.
My mum and Jack were much more impressed with their starters though.
Mum had a mixed kebab which included chicken tikka, onion bhaji and shish kebab, whilst Jack went for a ‘connoisseur starter’ of fish tandoori.
The white fish had been barbecued in a spicy sauce, and was absolutely delicious.
For my main course, I opted for something I haven’t come across before - a chicken chooza chat.
It was like a giant chicken chat starter, which is one of my favourite dishes, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It was chicken cooked on a skewer in a clay oven with a medium chat sauce, served with a thin paratha flatbread.
It was mouth-wateringly good, and although the paratha was a little greasy, it was a fantastic dish.
I shared a portion of rice with Jack, which was a good move.
And we also went for another unusual choice of pineapple rice.
It was plain boiled rice with plenty of pineapple chunks, which provided a juicy and fruity addition to the dry consistency of my meal.
Jack had a lamb tikka saag with spinach; my dad opted for a shatkora gost (lamb cooked in a bhuna-style medium sauce with lime); and my mum had a chicken bhuna, sharing a peshwari naan with dad.
The food and the service was great after the initial ‘moving tables’ hiccup, and I’d happily recommend the place for a meal out or a takeaway.
The bill, with a couple of rounds of drinks, came in at just under £80.