We made our minds up to aim for Eastern Revive, which we have walked past before and it is so handy as the restaurant is right opposite a car park. I was already dreaming of freshly baked naan bread, fragrant rice and spicy curry, the only snag was that we did not have a reservation and by this time it was after 8pm on a Friday, peak time for any restaurant. I was not sure they would be able to accommodate us and my spirits plummeted as we walked in to see every table full, but we were immediately welcomed by the charming front of house and seated at the bar area, after being assured they would find us a table. I sipped chilled white wine as we perused the extensive menu, filled with tantalising options including familiar favourites and chef’s specials.
Animated chatter filled the air as waiters whisked past us bearing plates piled high with delicious looking food which I could not wait to try for myself. As promised, in no time we were led to a table for two in the upstairs section. I like the design aesthetic of Eastern Revive, which is cool and contemporary with leather banquettes, abstract art (which is also available to purchase) and striking lighting.
We started off with the classic choice of a stack of spicy and plain poppadoms accompanied by a variety of chutneys including an intriguing green apple one which woke up the palate with a zesty flavour. We decided on the mixed starter to share, which included tender meat kebabs, crisp onion bhajis, samosas and succulent tandoori chicken alongside fresh mixed salad.
For the main course I chose tandoori paneer accompanied by masala sauce. The cubes of paneer had a wonderfully creamy and slightly smoky flavour perfectly complemented by the mild and delicate masala sauce.
My dining companion chose the chicken Karahi, perfectly cooked chicken in a zingy sauce full of green pepper and a good kick of spice.
Our side dishes of pilau rice, cheese and garlic naan bread and plain naan bread served to complete the gargantuan feast.
I love it when a last-minute plan works out so well and we enjoyed our evening so much. The food was excellent, served in generous portions at realistic prices and the service was great with a friendly team who went out of their way to accommodate us and they were always on hand throughout the meal.
What a good find, I can now add Eastern Revive to my list of favourite Indian restaurants which includes Rumi in Liverpool and Scene in Manchester. Do you like Indian food and what is your favourite dish? As always I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and thank you so much for reading this post.
Until next time,