Latest Restaurant Review – Peppers

Peppers is a very modern style Indian restaurant situated at the end of a row of shops on the Trench Road in Telford; with many parking spaces available right outside.

The restaurant is not licensed so customers are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages and with a convenience store right next door selling alcohol, you won’t have to worry if you forget to grab a bottle on your way out.

The restaurant interior has a modern contemporary style with striking red leather bench seats.  The restaurant is well spaced out and there are tables to suit any size party from large round tables to intimate tables for two.

Peppers specialise in tandoori and balti dishes so there are plenty of these dishes to choose from on the menu.  There are also a varied choice of chef’s signature meals offering something a little different to the traditional dishes.

We nearly always end up ordering onion bhaji’s for our starters but decided to try something different for a change,  I ordered the Nargis Kebab and Nik ordered the Prawn on Puree.

My starter looked very impressive when it arrived and I was equally impressed with the taste, there was a boiled egg that was wrapped in spicy lamb mince which was slightly crispy on the outside (a bit like a spicy scotch egg) and then a thin omelette had been wrapped around it and was served with a lovely fresh salad.  The mix of flavours and textures in the dish were fantastic and it is something I would certainly order again.

Nik was also pleased with his choice which consisted of a soft light buttery pancake topped with spiced juicy prawns cooked in a tomato based sauce with onions, garlic, mix of spices and herbs and a slice of lemon to add a little zest to the dish. Nik asked the waiter if the dish was available as a main course as he fancied having that again next time we visited, apparently most of the starters can be ordered as a main meal which will be served as a bigger portion.

Again for our mains we decided to try one of the less traditional dishes and we both selected something from the chef’s signature list.  Nik chose the Balti Lal Morchi which is one of the hotter dishes and I ordered the Chicken Gohor which is a medium spiced dish.  We also ordered a fried rice and a Pista Nan Pistachio to share with our mains.

My Chicken Gohor was served on a hot skillet which was still sizzling when it arrived at the table.  There was a breast of chicken served off the bone and sliced into long chunky strips which has been marinated in a delicious sauce with onions and red capsicum and cooked in a dry sauce, there were also large potato wedges layered in-between the slices of chicken. My meal was full of flavour, the chicken was perfectly cooked and the potatoes worked perfectly in the dish.  I scooped up every last bit of the sauce with my nan bread, I hadn’t tried the pistachio one before but I much preferred this to the keema nan (which is always Nik’s preferred choice), it was thinner and slightly crispier and had small pieces of crunchy pistachios.

Nik’s Balti Lal Morchi was full of large tender chunks of marinated lamb in a tasty thick spicy rich sauce and a good sprinkling of hot roasted chillies for that extra kick.  You can always tell when Nik has eaten something hot as he starts to hiccup, which didn’t take long on this occasion – the chillies were certainly on the hot side!

For dessert we both fancied the Banana Fritter which was served with a sticky banana sauce – the batter was very light and crisp with a lovely soft banana inside – a perfect finish to a great meal.

Manager Abdul Mothin has been running the restaurant for fifteen years and says, “Peppers believe in providing good food at a competitive prices. All dishes are cooked freshly to order and can be prepared specifically to your own requirements. Using only the best quality spices to make our own recipes and prepared daily to make sure that all dishes have their own distinctive flavour, aroma and quality. All Balti dishes are cooked in a wok and take around 15-30 minutes to prepare to ensure the meal will be to your liking with desired strength and taste.”

A takeaway service is also available with a 10% discount offered for collections on orders over £17.95 – or there is a free home delivery service within a 4 mile radius for orders over £12, a small charge applies for deliveries further afield.

Whether you prefer a relaxed evening out or a meal in the comfort of your own home you won’t be disappointed with the quality of the food from Peppers.

Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel

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