We tend not to venture too far from Newcastle these days… However; we couldn’t help but notice the media buzz surrounding the launch of Yuvraaj Restaurant, and just had to see, first hand, what all the fuss was about.
Based in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, the recently refurbished Yuvraaj (Meaning Indian Prince) Restaurant promises traditional Indian cuisine with western fusion influences.
The venue itself was very impressive. It was evident that owner Monwar, had invested a lot of time and expense towards the restaurant’s refurbishment. The venue’s exterior and decor was modern and fresh.
The brilliant white walls and plush purple soft furnishings complemented each other creating for a luxurious yet relaxing dinning experience. The tables were immaculately laid out with crisp table linen, fresh exotic flowers and quality cutlery.
Once seated, we were offered a generous selection of freshly made pickles chutneys and poppadoms which we gleefully snacked on whilst perusing the impressive menu. The extensive menu boasted a myriad of traditional Indian and speciality dishes.
For starters I opted for the chicken tikka (£3.50) and the paneer tikka (£3.50) Jess ordered the chicken chat (£3.95). Both dishes were generous in portion and superbly flavoursome. The meat and cheese had a real depth of flavour about them – rendered by the smokey tandoor.
For the main I opted for the fiery chicken zeel (£7.95) which is a vindaloo hot, bhuna style dish cooked with spices, fresh chilli and garlic. To accompany the dish I ordered pilau rice and a portion of chips, as, In my opinion no Indian meal is complete without an portions of chips which are essential for flavour absorption and general mop-up duty!
The dish arrived beautifully presented with an aptly carved chilli crown as its centre piece. This rich serving tantalised my tastebuds with a fiery yet well balanced fusion of heat and delicious, deep flavours.
Jess’s chicken makhani mains dish (£7.95) was a mild, zippy dish that she would happily recommend. The chicken in a creamy mango sauce was exotic and full of flavour having been cooked with almonds and ghee, It was rich and satisfying with a depth of mango flavour but creamy and mild. Perfect for her palate.
With its superb food, great prices and meticulous attention to detail; this beautiful restaurant is definitely now on our radar. We were mightily impressed with all the dishes and the fusion of flavours.
Monwar should be proud as his new venture really didn’t disappoint and I have no doubt that Yuvraaj will receive many future plaudits.
6-7 Douro Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 7DX
Monday to Sunday 5pm – 11pm
Tel: 0191 5102002
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