As it looks like we’re in lockdown for the foreseeable future you’re going to have to put up with my reviews of takeaways and home delivery meal kits for a good while longer.
Over the last year it’s been a glaring omission on my part to have not ordered a takeaway from Anand George’s Purple Poppadom. His high end Indian cooking and street food is some of the best in Cardiff and he's influenced a number of the city’s other best Southern Indian restaurants.
When an email dropped into my inbox promoting Purple Poppadom’s Winter set menu, it was an offer that was too good to resist on an icy cold mid-week day in January. Available Tuesday to Sunday for delivery or collection, the set menu for two offers poppadoms and chutneys, starters, main, sides, naan and rice for a very good value £27.95.
A mahoosive bowl of crisp poppadom shards were served with a trio of big flavoured chutneys; properly zingy lemon, creamy mint and chilli yoghurt, and fragrant mango.
A pair of whopping pieces of chicken tikka were coated in a nicely char-licked yoghurt marinade whilst sweet tiger prawns were coated in a light batter which thrummed with chilli and garlic. Accompanying perky salad was served with more of that delicious herb yoghurt.
Mains were even better.
Seriously juicy chicken saag was bathed in a thick sauce heady with ferrous spinach, sweet caramelised onion, tomato and fenugreek.
A light and fresh thoran saw crisp cabbage and carrot shreds tempered with fragrant coconut and curry leaf and warming mustard seed and chilli.
Decadent dal makhani is one of my favourite Indian sides and Purple Poppadom’s version didn’t disappoint; the black lentils retaining a good texture and the aromatic sauce laced with cream.
Buttery distinct-grained pilau rice was fragrant with cardamom.
A decent naan bread was soft with a nice chew.
We had an excellent takeaway from Purple Poppadom; everything was grease-free and layered with spice. If you’re craving a curry which is a cut above the average then I seriously recommend checking out their set menu.
Address - Purple Poppadom, 185a Cowbridge Road East,upper floor, Cardiff CF11 9AJ
Telephone - 029 2022 0026