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Popat’s Madhuri Restaurant- Leicester

Popat’s Madhuri Restaurant- Leicester
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Belgrave Road in Leicester has long been celebrated for its proud Indian heritage. From sari shops to sweet shops, there is a distinct air of unpretentiousness about the family-run businesses here.


Have you heard? In the Belgrave Road restaurant world there is a new kid on the block. The restaurant formerly known as Jalsa has now been converted into a wonderfully simple pure vegetarian eatery called ‘Madhuri’. Headlined with an India-evoking deep red sign, Madhuri offers deliciously simple home-cooked food at competitive prices. From traditional Gujarati, Punjabi and South Indian cuisines to the more contemporary Indo-Chinese dishes dominating our palates, plates and menus; this restaurant offers them all. And they do it beautifully.

Madhuri have a simplified menu consisting of a few dishes from each region. This is a joy to me as I have visited so many restaurants in this area which present lengthy, overcomplicated menus and leave me baffled every time. Madhuri have perfected the balance of variety and simplicity to an exceptional degree.

Having sung the praises of the variety and simplicity of their menu, the same must be said for the first-class Gujarati thali they offer. At £4.99 for three curries, rice, daal/kadhi, chapattis, a sweet item and poppadoms their thali is one of the best I have ever ordered at any restaurant. Indeed, you haven’t heard the best part yet… Each item on the Madhuri thali is refillable (excluding the sweet). You can eat as many chapattis as you like, without that ever-present problem of running out before your curries run out. I get that a lot. The hot, buttered chappatis, steaming curries and delicious soups are brought out fresh upon request. Heavenly.

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The exceptional prices of the thali made us quickly opt for this, interrogating our very polite, smiling waiter about which curries we will be eating on our thali. After around a 20-25 minute wait (I presume this is because the food was being prepared freshly, for which I have no problem waiting for) we were devouring a simple potato curry, a Jain undhiyu (vegetable dumplings, aubergines and potatoes) and the most terrific sweetcorn and patra (curried leaf) curry. These came with a generous portion of basmati rice, kadhi (or daal) and a decadent bowl of phirni (hung sweet, spiced yogurt blended with kheer rice pudding). Oh, and as many chapattis as you like!

After eating our thalis there really wasn’t much space for anything else except a cup of traditional masala chai which, in my opinion is the perfect way to finish any meal. I sincerely hope this restaurant is here to stay and that they do not change one bit. Bravo!

So, next time you’re hungry and in Leicester try Popat’s Madhuri restaurant. You will leave feeling full and warm with a sense of home-cooking about your stomach.

Value for Money- 10/10

Deliciousness- 9.5/10

Service- 9/10

KO Rasoi is in no way affiliated with Popat’s Madhuri restaurant and has not been paid monetarily or otherwise to carry out this review. All thoughts and opinions published here are my own.


Popat’s Madhuri Restaurant
87 Belgrave Road
0116 319 8467

Open everyday 10.30am-10pm

*Popat’s Madhuri Restaurant also offers no onion/garlic dishes upon request.

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