When it comes to birthdays, or any celebration, my family love to go out for a meal, so when I was home a couple of weeks ago we decided to head out for a meal to celebrate my 22nd birthday. I'd recenetly been contacted by Calcutta Brasserie asking if I'd like to come along and sample the menu* and check out the award winning restaurant. I of course said yes and asked if I could bring along my family to celebrate my birthday!
Calcutta Brasserie is an Indian restaurant in Stony Stratford in Milton Keynes, I had never been before but my family had heard good things and my mum's partner had been before and said it was really nice. The first thing to point out about Calcutta Brasserie is it's location, Stony Stratford is a lovely little historic town, perfect for a little wander, and the restaurant itself is set in a 17th Century Chapel. This setting definitely had the wow factor with the high ceilings, exposed beans and artwork on the walls, this made the dining experience unique and unlike anywhere I've ever eaten before.
Being a total wimp when it comes to spicy food I was a bit daunted when my brother suggested the shared banquet menu, but after being reassured by our waiter that I'd be able to cope with most of the dishes we went ahead and ordered. I think the Calcutta Brasserie's banquette menus are a really great idea, for a really great price of £17.95 you get a great selection of food. Our dinner started with poppadoms and a selection of sauces to dip into which were different to what you usually get in in an Indian restaurant, these seemed a bit more original and full of flavour.
After munching all of the poppadoms and having a good catch up our starters arrived. A huge plate with one of each thing to try including Onion Garam Pakora, which was like a Onion Bhaji but a bit lighter, a Vegtable Samosa, Lasooni Murgh Tikka which was gorgeous, and Lamb Shammi Kebab. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to try different things in small bites and this was just enough to prepare us for our mains!
This is where the meal and the banquet menu really sells itself. A huge pile of rice, a bread basket consisting of different naan breads, and then a selection of five mains that could be refiled as many times as you wanted! There was one very spicy one I stayed away from as advised by our waiter, but all the others were amazing, they all had great flavours, and weren't too heavy or over powering. I did struggle slightly with the spiciness but thats just my rubbish mouth because I couldn't stop eating, it all tasted so good!
The mains we had to try were, Murgh Makhni a tandoori chicken in a tomato sauce that was probably the tables favourite, Kori Gassi which was the spicy one that I stayed away from but everyone else enjoyed, Lamb Rogan Josh which I was surprised at how much I enjoyed as Im not a huge Lamb fan, Bombay Potatoes something I always love, and a Mushroom and Vegetable Jalfrezi which although spicy tasted great.
After refilling the Murgh Makhni and the Rogan Josh we were totally stuffed and decided to give pudding a miss, with me and my mum opting for green teas instead.
I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the Calcutta Brasserie, in the past I've normally found Indian restaurants to all be quite similar in style, taste and menu. However on this occasion the setting was something unique and definitely a selling point, the food was delicious and even when my mouth felt like it was burning I wanted to keep eating! The service was great and fast, there was always someone ready to get you another drink or answer any questions. I was impressed by the whole restaurant and had a really lovely birthday meal!
I'd definitely recommend Calcutta Brasserie to anyone whose in the Milton Keynes area and is looking to try something a little bit different or who has a love for Indian food. My family and me really enjoyed our meal and it's definitely somewhere we would go back to and would recommend to friends.
Calcutta Brasserie provided me a complimentary meal for 2 in exchange for a review however all opinions are my own.