Attractive surroundings, attentive staff and great food
There are few things in life bring greater joy than curry and cold beer. For me, any excuse to visit a local curry house is a good one and, on this occasion, it was a Friday evening and time to celebrate the start of the weekend.
Any restaurant that has stood the test of time is a sure sign of a good thing, and Jaflong in Crookes has been a firm favourite since it opened its doors over 17 years ago.
With a combination of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine on offer, there is a fabulous selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes to choose from. The drinks menu also presents an excellent range of wines, spirits and soft drinks. Nevertheless, we couldn’t resist a pint of refreshing Cobra each to enjoy with our starters.
My succulent Tandoori king prawns were a beautiful vibrant pink-orange, and tasted just as good as they looked. My partner opted for the mixed bhaji starter and enjoyed a crisp well-filled vegetable samosa, a fragrant onion bhaji and a delicious patty of aloo chop.
With such an extensive menu, choosing mains was no easy feat. Thankfully, owner Shahab Uddin was on hand to make recommendations based on our preferences. As a fan of a healthy spice kick, but nothing too intense, Shabah recommended I try the chef’s special bhuna. Featuring chunky pieces of chicken tikka, lamb tikka, king prawns, peppers and onions in a rich medium-hot ginger and garlic sauce, this dish provided just the right amount of heat and is perfect for indecisive diners (like myself) who prefer to sample a bit of everything.
Across the table my companion tucked into a fresh and flavoursome vegetable biryani and a peshwari naan added a sweet dimension and proved to be the ideal accompaniment. The tarka dahl, which we shared and eagerly savoured every last delicious buttery morsel also deserves a special mention.
We managed to find room for dessert and the mango kulfi (a traditional Indian dessert similar to ice cream) and matka – creamy kulfi topped with almonds and pistachio pieces, accompanied by a saffron sauce served in a beautiful floral pot – offered the perfect sweet-but-light ending to a flawless meal.
While Jaflong has enjoyed years of success, Shahab continually strives to improve and offer something new to his customers. Each year, he and head chef, Abdul Baished, add five new dishes to the menu, so regardless of whether you’re a regular or a newcomer, you’re sure to discover something new.
Jaflong, 186-188 Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1TG
Tel: 0114 266 1802