Of all the Indian restaurants I’ve had the pleasure of dining at, the Thamin in Littleborough without a doubt serve the best curries I’ve ever tasted.
Having visited the Thamin three years ago as a meat eater and thoroughly enjoying my chicken Rogan Josh, I was excited to see how their veggie options would fair when Chris and I visited for our anniversary last month.
Situated down a flight of steps, giving it a basement feel, the entrance welcomed us into the bar area where we could browse the drinks menu from the sofas. We chose to have a pint of Cobra each, which is our favourite beer to drink when we go out for meals. It’s brewed naturally and doesn’t contain any animal products and is usually a lot cheaper than cocktails and wines, whichever restaurant you’re at.
After a short wait we were taken through to the restaurant and seated at our table for the evening. The lighting in the restaurant was subtle, creating a warm red glow around the room.
The Thamin has a great selection of vegetarian and vegan starters on their menu. We opted for a chutney tray with popadoms to dip in as we don’t like to eat too much before out main course, but other veggie starters on the menu included onion bhajis, vegetable samosas and mushroom pakora.
Our favourite go to curry option whenever we dine at an Indian restaurant or order food from takeaways is Bombay-aloo. It’s just potatoes in curry sauce and is usually served as a side dish, but we’ve never had any problems asking for a slightly bigger portion so we can have it as a main.
To accompany our curry we both had a portion of pilau rice and a naan bread each.
Although we had no doubt our meal was going to taste good, it certainly exceeded our expectations. The potatoes in the curry were soft and covered in a rich tomato and perfectly spicy sauce. They paired beautifully with the light taste of the rice and of course the fluffy naan bread that no Indian meal for us would be complete without.
Indian restaurants are always a safe but delicious choice for us because we know that there’ll be quite a few vegetarian and vegan options wherever we go, and the Thamin was no exception.
The staff there were just as friendly as they were the first time we visited and made our meal all the more enjoyable. We loved celebrating our anniversary here and will definitely be returning soon.