Think you have to avoid curries if you’re on a diet? Think again. In addition to its standard menu, this restaurant offers lower calorie versions that don’t compromise on taste. Even better, it’s housed in a Grade II listed building, and the Bengal menu was created by award-winning chef Azam Khan.
7 The Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH 01833 695857
The portions at Chai Wallah in Yarm are generous, the staff are knowledgable, and if you want a future curry fix you can book a cooking lesson to learn how to make main dishes, samosas and onion bhajis. Your friends will be impressed.
58 High Street, Yarm TS15 9AH 01642 927937
Established in summer 2014, this Indian restaurant has its own champagne bar and a menu featuring modern and authentic dishes. Made using their own dry spice grinding technique, some of the specials worth trying including Garlic Chilli Moss, Desi Bhuna Tk and Imlidar Mishti.
Salters Lane, Trimdon, County Durham TS29 6JQ 01429 882082
At Haveli in Ponteland, dishes are brought out on a wooden trolley, naan breads are freshly baked, the superb curries are made to order, and staff are friendly, attentive and great at recommending dishes if you need a little help.
3-5 Broadway, Darras Hall NE20 9PP 01661 872727
Voted the Best Curry in Teesside and Takeaway of the Year,
Indian Cottage has fiery Vindaloo and Bangalore Phall on the menu. Dine in their cosy 70-seater restaurant.
1-3 Enfield Shopping Centre, Enfield Chase, Guisborough TS14 7LJ 01287 636208
At Jamal’s, all the dishes are freshly prepared and cooked to order. The menu features traditional favourites, chef specialities and their popular Kashmiri Balti curries which come served in a sizzling Indian pot.
92 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2RB 01642 645255
Winners of Restaurant of the Year 2013 at the prestigious English Curry Awards and finalists in 2014, Jashn specialise in low-fat Indian dishes that are cooked using natural ingredients and fresh spices and herbs. Their speciality dishes include the mild Dhakeshwari Chicken, the hot Rawalpindi and the spicy Fish Jalfrezi.
Whickham Bank, Swalwell, Gateshead NE16 3BP 0191 488 8505
Overlooking Newcastle and Gateshead, this award-winning restaurant serves contemporary Indian-fusion food using local and fresh ingredients. Their lamb and vegetables are sourced from Northumberland, fish and seafood from Scotland and all their spices come from India. If you want a spicy feast, try their seven-course tasting menu.
Church Street, Tyne Bridge, Gateshead NE8 2AT 0191 477 1700
Offering an extensive range of traditional Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine, the chefs at Tandoor Mahal are trained in original 'home-style' cooking methods and create dishes with a distinctive and delicate combination of herbs and spices, making every dish unique. Tuck into a speciality dish of Shahjan Chicken, Murgh Masala or Murgh Noorjhan.
17 Bridge Street, Morpeth NE61 1NL 01670 512420
Dine in style at this lively restaurant on Newcastle’s Quayside. The interior is smart, yet relaxed, with stylish seating and decor, and all dishes and sauces are made to order.
29 Queen Street, Newcastle NE1 3UG 0191 221 0601
This list wouldn’t be complete without a restaurant from the Curry Mile on Ocean Road in South Shields. The kitchen is headed up by North East Curry Chef of the Year winner Kohinoor Choudhury, and Zeera represented South Tyneside at the 2014 British Curry Awards. Their curries are grouped according to spice level, and the staff are happy to cater dishes to diners’ individual requirements.
206-210 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JQ 0191 456 1811
Patron and Head Chef Khaled Miah is on a mission to elevate the public’s appreciation of Indian fine dining to a new level. At Zyka, expect dishes such as pheasant breasts cooked with garam spices and roast duck served in a mildly spiced pistachio sauce.
44 Priestpopple, Hexham NE46 1PQ 01434 600333
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