Indian Summer: Trying Asha’s for the first time

I love Indian cuisine. I love how aromatic it is and how much flavour every dish I’ve tried so far has. I think it’s incredibly unique, specially when you get rid of the stereotypes and realise there’s more to it than just your regular curry. What we tried on our visit to Asha’s reassured me how beautiful and delicious Indian food can be, so let’s begin!

Indian summer, Asha's. Manchester

Seared masala scallops with curry leaves, garlic, star anise, onion and tomato.

These scallops had a nice and creamy cheese, and even though the dish was super spicy (at least for me), I can definitely appreciate how different it is from other scallop-based dishes I’ve had in the past.

It was not my favourite thing from the menu, but I give them points for creativity, that’s for sure!

Indian summer, Asha's. Manchester

Chicken charred with chilli and caraway: Altham’s chicken cooked in the tandoor, served on British fava beans.

This chicken, on the other hand, was absolutely amazing. It was just the right amount of spiciness for me (as I always say, enough to bring out lots of flavour in the dish!), and it was incredibly flavourful and juicy.

Definitely our favourite starter, so you can’t miss it on your next visit!

Indian summer, Asha's. Manchester

Monkfish tikka, sourced from Scotland, cooked in the tandoor with pink peppercorns and chestnuts. Served on locally grown rainbow chard.

This monkfish was also nice, but because the chicken was so delicious, it didn’t stand a chance in the battle for the first place!

This dish is a great example on how Asha’s chef wanted to bring locally sourced ingredients and put together a dish with a strong Indian flavour. I personally think he did great, as I loved the sauce and how nice and tender this monkfish was. Second best (but that’s just because the chicken was a clear winner for both of us!)

Indian summer, Asha's. Manchester

Lal maas: spring lamb cooked in spicy sauce made with yoghurt and red chillis.

This lamb was out-of-this-world. The dish was specially rich in flavour, and even though it was spicy, it was completely tolerable for me so I loved the dimension and richness the chillies brought to the dish.

We had this with some Lancashire cheese kulcha, and I swear I could have had a basket of that delicious bread all for myself. It was so delicious, you can’t miss it regardless of which main you go for!

Indian summer, Asha's. Manchester

Stone bass in coconut and sunchoke curry, with fresh coriander, coconut milk and mustard seeds.

I’m not the biggest fan of coconut, not because of the flavour but because of the texture it has. Nonetheless, if you love the smell, then you’ll go crazy for this dish, as I think it’s the most accurate representation of summer in a plate!

The sauce was the mildest one we had this evening, but it was still nice and creamy. If you love fish and want to try something different, I’d definitely recommend it.

Indian summer, Asha's. Manchester

Murg Kushnuma: chicken cooked with fresh fenugreek, fresh cream, yoghurt, ginger garlic and spices.

And last but not least, this wasΒ the best thing I tried in the entire evening. The creaminess of this sauce was amazing, and the amount of flavour the dish had doesn’t compare to anything I’ve tried before.

Just like the other plates we had, it was deliciously aromatic and made the table smell amazing (you could sense it from a couple of steps away!), but there was something about this sauce that made this chicken my absolute favourite thing. It was not as spicy as the lamb, but definitely more spicy than the fish, so I’d say it’s a decent medium and an absolute must on your visit to Asha’s.

Indian summer, Asha's. Manchester

Pistachio and liquorice kulfi

I’m going to be completely honest with you (as usual). This dessert was not for me. I could have skipped it, but I was a bit intrigued by the presentation. I thought it was going to be filled with something, but turned out to be just a block of ice cream that I didn’t enjoy as much as I’d have wanted to.

 

Overall, the experience was fantastic and we enjoyed most of the dishes we tried. I loved the variety of flavours, aromas and even in the level of spiciness. I think there’s something for everyone, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you want to try something other than your traditional curry.

That’s it for today! But please let me know if you’ve tried any of these dishes and what are your thoughts. Also, don’t forget to follow me on social!Β You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat). I’m always posting yummy-looking pictures and videos so keep an eye out for that content πŸ˜‰

 

Thanks for reading me and make sure to come back on Thursday for a post dedicated to the food we had in Brussels!

x,

M.

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2 Comments

  1. Ellie
    June 27, 2018 / 9:18 am

    The main food looks fab – not sure about the desert though, especially if it’s just a block of ice cream!

  2. June 27, 2018 / 8:31 am

    Oh wow this food looks incredible! The scallops especially. I’m like you, not really a dessert person, I’d rather order an extra starter!

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