Latest Restaurant Review (Taste of Paradise)

This month we visited Taste of Paradise, a national award winning Indian restaurant in Newport; the building is tucked away beyond an Indian styled archway just off the main high street.
Chef Alam Hussain was named the region’s Best Chef in the annual Curry Life Awards last year, which is a huge achievement for the restaurant.
The restaurant has been established in Newport for 18 years, which is a testament to its popularity and success in the area. The restaurant is large and airy with a fresh modern décor, the addition of some clever mood lighting gives the room a relaxed ambience. Parking is available either on the high street or there is a large car park just behind the building which is accessed off Avenue Road.
As the Taste of Paradise is unlicensed, you are welcome to bring your own alcoholic drinks to enjoy with your meal, there is of course a wide selection of soft drinks, teas and coffee available on the drinks menu.
On arrival at the restaurant we were welcomed by owner Raza and shown to a table at the rear of the restaurant. We had brought our own bottles of beer, so Raza fetched us some glasses and a bottle opener. We ordered a couple of poppadoms to enjoy while we looked through the menu.
The poppadoms were really fresh and crisp and the accompanying condiments were delicious, they included fresh onion salad, mango chutney, a hot and spicy tamarind sauce and a refreshing mango yoghurt raita.
To start Nik ordered the Chicken Chat Puree (£3.50) and I chose the Stir Fry Chilli Chicken (£3.95).
Nik’s starter was a soft warm pancake which was bursting with tender chunks of tasty tandoori chicken and was served with fresh salad and a slice of lemon.
My chilli chicken was served with slices of peppers, onions and a lovely fresh salad. The tender strips of chicken had a lovely kick of chilli spice, this was a great dish which I would definitely order again. It was a great change from the usual onion bhaji that I would normally have as a starter.
For mains Nik decided on the King Prawn Karahi (£8.95) and I opted for the Tandoori Delight (£10.95) which was recommended to me by owner Raza. We also ordered pilau rice (£2.20) and a keema naan bread (£2.50) to accompany our meals.
After a short break our main meals were personally delivered, hot and fresh from the kitchen to the table by head chef Alam – it was a lovely gesture for him to present us with our food, especially as the restaurant was so busy. The presentation of all of the dishes was exceptional.
The Tandoori Delight was indeed a great recommendation, the dish consisted of tandoori chicken with spinach, minced meat and tandoori spices, this is a medium spiced dish. This was a generous size meal bursting with lots of flavours and a delicious combination with the tasty chunks of chicken, tender minced beef and decorative green peppers.
Nik’s gigantic succulent prawns were coated in a sweet spicy tomato sauce, with cinnamon and bay leaves for added flavour to the dish. Nik mopped up the remaining sauce with the soft light and buttery nan, which had just the right amount of keema meat.
For dessert we decided to share as we were both rather full, we decided to try a banana fritter (£2.50), with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (£1.00). The fritter was warm and soft and the ice cream started to melt quickly – a lovely finish to our meal. Tea and coffee are also available from just £1.50.
On Tuesday nights you can enjoy a four course meal for just £9.95 per person, which is exceptional value for money. If you prefer to have a takeaway then you can benefit from a 15% discount on collections or a 10% discount if you have it delivered to your home – delivery is free within a 6 mile radius. You can place your order online at their website: www.thetasteofparadise.co.uk
If you have a big event coming up and are looking for caterers – the restaurant can provide a full Indian dining menu for up to 250 guests within a 10-mile radius of Telford.
The Taste of Paradise has a warm and friendly atmosphere, the food was well presented and full of flavour, so next time you are contemplating a curry, try this award winning restaurant and experience a taste of paradise for yourself.
Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel