The Himachol, 381 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 0AT.
Tuesday should have been Bacon & Leek Pasta. However, I had a sudden attack of "meh!" and could hardly be bothered to pick up the telephone and ring for a curry. So hubby did.
I consulted the Twitterverse first and asked for recommendations in our area. Quite categorically, the vote was 7:1 for the Himachol on the Ashley Road, Poole. We couldn't ignore such a vote of confidence, and ordered our favourites on the reckoning that if a Restaurant can turn out your favourite dish well, then getting adventurous next time around would be a potentially rewarding experience.
They had a lot to live up to, as every takeaway we've had since being in Poole (and it's not many over the three years!) has always been measured against our nirvana of Takeaways, the Golden Curry in Chatham.
|A muddle of plates and takeaway containers|
Isn't that the only way?
Hubby's Chicken Dansak was quite excitingly spiced, with the type of heat that gave you cause to pause. I think I'd have had problems eating it all, if I'd have had the Dansak. The rices were absolutely fine, with the mushroom rice tasting delicately of cloves. The naan was big and fluffy - just the job. However, the true star (for me) of the entire show was the Saag Bhajee. I'd have happily had two of those and forgotten about any ideas of having curry. There was just something attractively salty involved with it, together with the fried onion and subtle spicing within the spinach itself. My one complaint was that there just wasn't enough for all three of us in the one dish!
We were all agreed that at £30 for the three of us, even though we'd had to wait for an hour and a quarter before getting our food, we'd be going back to the Himachol the next time we're looking for a takeaway - or the next time I have an attack of "meh!".