July 13, 2010

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.

Contact:

Popat’s Madhuri Restaurant
87 Belgrave Road
Leicester
UK
0116 319 8467

Open everyday 10.30am-10pm

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

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13 responses to “Popat’s Madhuri Restaurant- Leicester”

  1. Carol Egbert says:

    Vegetarian Thalli always makes me happy. This looks delicious.

  2. Kathy Gori says:

    After seeing this, I've got to get over there. My best friend from school lives in Kent. I was just commiserating with the dry cleaner here in town (he's from Kerala) the lack of any sort of Indian food here in wine country unless one cooks it oneself. You are so lucky, that looks so yummy!!

  3. Premalatha Aravindhan says:

    I hope u had a nice time with the yummy food,veg thali luks fantastic…

  4. Jennifer@womanvfood says:

    That such a great deal! Here in the US I recently saw a vegetarian thali that cost $25! I'm going to have to check this place out when I get to the UK 🙂

  5. RV says:

    Nice review and food is really inviting.. I wish it was in NY or NJ

  6. Az says:

    Too good to be true…. this is a must when I visit UK..

  7. Lazaro Cooks! says:

    Very professional & well done review. Great photos as well. Good for you…I cannot seem to take photos in a restaurant. Maybe one day I'll get over it!

  8. Trix says:

    I wish we had a Gujarati restaurant here! Looks fantastic. But thankfully I have your lovely blog for recipe guidance …

  9. Biren says:

    You are making me hungry! Everything sounds delicious.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment 🙂

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hey Sanjana… have you tried most of the Resturants of Leicester??? what about curry fever & curry pot?? which one would you say is the best one in Leicester?? I mean good value for money???

    What about the new ones opening on Belgrave Road??

    Thank you in advance … it would help a lot:):)

    love from

    Anita

  11. Tim says:

    I spotted this one last time I was in Leicester (we live in Nottingham and often come to Belgrave Road). We usually end up in Bobby's but will try Popat's soon for sure. Love your blog btw, I am an Indian food obsessed vegetarian so it's right up my street.

  12. Saumya Gupta says:

    I second your review Sanjana. We just ate there last night and were simply amazed. My husband liked the Thali so much that he had 7 chapattis (never eats so much). We quite like Dakshin as well. It is a south indian restaurant that also serves nice indo chinese food as well. In fact we were headed to there but spotted Madhuri and thought we'd give it a try. I tried the Chinese Chilli Paneer and Hakka noodles – LOVED IT! We live in Chester and visit Leicester once a year to devour the lovely pure veg food that we can. Oh just one thing, does anyone know of an eggless cake shop in leicester. I really miss the eggless cakes and pastries that are commonly available in India.

  13. Pman says:

    Two years on and it’s definately not good anymore, all there food is microwaved including the papad, rice and everything. Nothing is chilli and there Aubergine shaak was like a soup that was undercooked. There mitai has been Keri no ras for the last year and is straight from a tin that has definately gone off its use by date!

    I originally asked for Dosa but they said it will take 40 mins to make because they don’t ever use the grill and everybody only orders the thali. When I finally got served Bhel Puri which took 30 minutes to wait (how hard is it to put that together!!!), I got so fed up that I ordered the Thali. This came within 5 minutes and it was totally horrible that i ended up getting a stomach upset the next day. Considering that there food bins are just outside the toilets, smells horrible on first and only 1 chef and 1 waitor it’s no wonder i’m not feeling well and why i’m not happy at all with this restaurant if you can call it that.

    Best stick to the home cooking and I would warn everyone not to go here unless you want to get food poisoning!!!!

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