It’s hard for any Indian restaurant to stand out in a city blessed with as many great dining choices as Nottingham, let alone distinguish themselves on the ‘Curry Mile’. But with their beautiful décor, first-rate service and, most importantly, fantastic food, it’s little surprise AA Gill, writing in The Sunday Times, referred to MemSaab as one of the three best Indian restaurants in the country.
Whether you dine there regularly or are a first time visitor, the attention to detail and customer service is impeccable, from the greeting you receive at the door through to the numerous attentive waiting staff. Efficiency seems to be high on their list of priorities, as we were never waiting for more than a few minutes for drinks or food, and the feeling that the personal experience mattered as much as the meal itself was palpable.
But no matter how good the service might be, a restaurant stands or falls on the strength of its food, and MemSaab does not disappoint. We started with a shared Sabzi Selection starter (£11.75), which contained three classic entrées: onion bhaji, aloo tikki and vegetable samosa. The portion sizes were ideal, and all three dishes were cooked and seasoned to perfection.
An unexpected amusé bouche was followed by a main course of Paneer Tikka Masala (£11.50), Mushroom Rice (£3.75) and Garlic Naan (£2.95). Having tried the classic paneer dish in most of Nottingham’s Indian establishments, I’d struggle to name anywhere that did it better. With just the right level of spice balanced out by the smooth, creamy tomato sauce accompanying the fresh, flavoursome naan bread, it was undoubtedly the highlight of a truly impressive meal.
We’re fortunate enough to be spoilt by great Indian restaurants here in Nottingham, but MemSaab has a strong case for being the best of the bunch.
12-14 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6HS