With gourmet chippies, award-winning gastropubs, and a Food Festival that draws gastronomic adventurers from across the UK, it's no secret that there are plenty of ways to find great food in Abergavenny. But local Indian restaurants haven't got the attention they deserve, and that's a scandal. There are some fabulous Indian restaurants in the Abergavenny area which are totally in keeping with the town's foodie vibe. So when you want an exotic treat in the Welsh Valleys, why not give them a try?
You'll find some really creative chefs working at Indian restaurants in Abergavenny. And many of the best hail from countryside that's not dissimilar to the Valleys (albeit a little more hilly). That's because some of the leading local curry houses come from northern India and Nepal. For instance, there's Gurkha Corner, which serves up Nepali specialities like momo dumplings and gundruk (a kind of spicy green vegetable). In fact, with tarkari curries and fiery chilli pickles, these places are excellent spots for vegetarians to head.
Then there are completely different kinds of Indian restaurants in Abergavenny. Instead of northern specialists, places like Spice Lounge take a broader approach, focusing on getting the dishes Brits love just right. So you'll find jalfrezis spiced to perfection, tandoori chicken baked in yoghurt and a full portfolio of biryanis that feature rice, curry and side vegetables. Bundle in spacious dining rooms and attentive service and these Indian restaurants are ideal for Abergavenny's families or groups of friends who need a social dining venue.
Having said that Abergavenny's Indian restaurants focus on British favourites, there are some other specialities to be discovered. For instance, some local curry houses are experts in crafting handi dishes. Derived from Bengali cooking, handis are wide cookpots. Instead of frying everything in a pan, these dishes are prepared a little bit like hotpots or stews and are generally served piping hot in the handi itself. If you're a balti fan they may well be familiar, but might even be more delicious. Find out by heading to your nearest gourmet curry house with Quandoo's help.