The Balti King has been a long time favourite of Chronicle & Echo newspaper employees and musicians playing at the nearby Labour Club for good reasons.
The main one being it is fantastic value for money.
Located in Charles Street, Northampton, Balti King isn’t in the most fashionable part of town, nor does it have the most alluring facade.
However, you shouldn’t let that fool you as the food is great and most weekends it’ll be packed.
My partner Alys and I visited Balti King relatively early one Friday evening.
There were a few couples and groups already eating in the restaurant, but we didn’t book.
We were quickly shown to our table, given menus and our drinks orders were taken.
Our table was a little close to the main walkway through the restaurant, but despite others being available, we decided not to ask to be moved.
Balti King allows customers to take their own drinks and alcohol to the restaurant, but also has a wide range of soft drinks available.
Our cans of Coke and Sprite arrived promptly (with glasses) and we ordered our sheek kebab (£1.10) and lamb tikka (£2.50) for starters, while tucking into some papadams (40p).
The papadams arrived with the usual selection of dips, but not mango chutney.
However, there was something similar and sweet.
Some people may be put off a restaurant which delivers its drinks in unopened cans, but most people take their own alcohol or don’t seem to mind.
Our starters arrived and were both suitable size portions accompanied with salad.
Whenever we visit an Indian restaurant, I’m usually mocked by my partner for my over reliance on the lamb sag.
I, however, prefer to think it allows me to compare quality at different Indian restaurants by being consistent with my choice.
Balti King boasts dozens of main course dishes, as well as a range of house specialities.
I (again) opted for the former (£4.50), while Alys ordered the house special balti (£7.95) which combined chicken, lamb tikka, king prawn tikka and kufta.
We also shared a boiled rice (£1.75) and peshwari nan (£1.75).
We also shared a bobay aloo (£1.95).
Our main courses arrived promptly after the starters were cleared and didn’t disappoint.
Both were packed full of generous chunks of meat with fantastic flavoursome sauces.
The nan bread was more than we could eat with enough rice to mix into the sauce.
We were offered desserts, but by the time we’d eaten as much of our main courses as we could manage, there certainly wasn’t any room for anything else.
It’s not being unfair to Balti King to say its food probably isn’t going to win it any major awards.
There are curry houses across Northampton which offer, what you would categorise as, “higher quality” cuisine.
However, that’s missing the point.
Balti King offers a great, tasty range of food at great prices and when it’s busy, there’s a great bustling atmosphere inside.
RATINGS AT A GLANCE
DISABLED ACCESS: Yes
PARKING: On street parking available.
COST OF OUR MEAL
FINAL TOTAL: £30 for two people, which included two starters, two main courses, a side dish and two soft drinks each.
Earl Street, Northampton, NN1 3AX
Telephone: 01604 637747