New New Bengal
Beyond the brightly-lit facade of this hugely popular curry house on Gosforth’s High Street, you’ll find a stylish, modern restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere. Fluffy naans provide the perfect accompaniment to the plethora of perfectly-cooked curries, which couple lovingly-marinated and grilled meat with delicate flavour combinations. The chicken neerala with giant slices of chicken in a creamy, fruity sauce topped with mango chunks is just perfect.
232 High Street, Gosforth NE3 1HH
0191 284 1295
Whether you like it hot and spicy, or creamy and mild, there’s a curry at Lal Khazana to suit. Choose from a range of meat and fish, including succulent lamb and juicy king prawns, before selecting your sauce – all the usual suspects are covered here, including mild kormas, creamy masalas and hot vindaloos, as well as inventive creations like the Malayan (cooked with fresh cream, banana and pineapple).
Deanmoor Road, Alnwick, Shilbottle NE66 2YP
Situated on Seaham’s seafront, Ashoka brings the spice and pizzazz of Indian cuisine to Teeside’s burgeoning culinary scene. This curry house has built an enviable reputation as one of the region’s finest, serving classic curries with an abundance of flavour in modern, elegant surroundings. And, if you manage to land a window seat, there are magnificent sea views.
15 North Terrace, Seaham SR7 7EU
0191 581 4414
If you’re looking for something different to the conventional curry house, this multi-award winning restaurant fits the bill. Taking inspiration from Kerala (a slender coastal strip of south-western India boasting a cuisine built on fish, rice and all things nice), Thraravadu offers curries which epitomise the latter – beautifully-flavoured fish or meat is paired with aromatic spices and mouth-watering sauces, soaked up with fluffy rice and pillows of Paratha bread (pan-fried Indian flatbreads).
7–8 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ
0113 244 0500
The Spiced Mango
Serving high-quality, authentic Indian dishes, The Spiced Mango are masters of traditional Bombay-style cooking. If you’re feeling brave, try the fiery Naga Pepper Masala signature dish with crushed peppercorns, Scotch bonnet peppers and naga chilli. Or for something less intense, the Balti butter chicken curry, with a delicately spiced, mild and creamy sauce, is perfect for those who can’t take the heat.
93 New Road, Middlestown, Wakefield WF4 4NS
Standing proud as being the only two-AA Rosette Indian restaurant in Yorkshire, Prashad elevates the ordinary curry into a dining experience. Head Chef Minal uses recipes and methods handed down through the generations to create authentic vegetarian Indian cuisine – dive into a stand-out pickle tray and poppadoms, before enjoying a melt-in-the-mouth chole chickpea curry with cumin-infused basmati rice.
137 Whitehall Road, Drighlington BD11 1AT
0113 285 2037