Finding a good Indian restaurant is not easy, especially with so much choice in the area. The Coriander ticks all the right boxes in terms of excellent food, friendly service and value for money.
Situated in a quiet and convenient location in Amersham (just across the road from Amersham station) you get a warm welcome as you enter the modern 62-seater air-conditioned restaurant. The décor is light and contemporary with subtle lighting, dark polished wood, white leather chairs and neatly laid tables with pristine white tablecloths, gleaming cutlery, and flowers on every table.
Opened towards the end of 2008, The Coriander brings together some of the classic dishes of India and Bangladesh. The restaurant owners – brothers, Shafiqul, Badrul and Shoriful pride themselves on offering diners exceptional food, value for money and attentive service. All the food is freshly prepared, using only the finest ingredients, with no artificial colours, preservatives or flavourings, which creates a unique and exciting culinary experience.
I went along to try their à la carte menu, which is extensive and includes traditional Indian favourites such as Tikka Masala, Korma, Balti, Rogan and Vindaloo. Alternatively, you can choose from Tandoori, Bangladeshi and Nepalese Specialities and there’s also the Chef’s Recommendation.
Mouthwatering starters act as a curtain-raiser for the mains. I started with Coriander Platter – a delicious assortment of chicken tikka, lamb chop, sheek kebab and salmon tikka; while my wife, Denise, went for Prawn Pathia Puri - small prawns cooked in sweet and sour sauce and served on a puri.
For mains, I chose Rogan – a traditional dish from Mirpur, Pakistan. I went for the lamb rogan which comprised tender pieces of lamb blended with freshly grounded medium spices and garnished with tomato, capsicum, fenugreek and coriander and I ordered a side dish of Pilau Rice. Denise selected Coriander Sizzler – cut pieces of chicken stir fried with spices, black pepper, fresh green herbs, onions and green pepper and she ordered a side dish of Coriander Rice. After such an enjoyable and hearty meal, we had no room for desserts, which looked tempting, but not on this occasion. The restaurant also has a licensed bar with a good selection of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks.
Apart from A La Carte, the restaurant has a Sunday Buffet between 1pm and 5pm (£9.50 for adults and £5.50 for children). There’s also a Business Lunch Menu from £5.95 served Monday to Friday between 12pm and 2.30pm.
The Coriander has restaurants in Bucks, Essex, London and Hertfordshire (some named ‘Temple’).
For opening hours, menu, take away and free home delivery service call 01494 726 370 or visit www.thecoriander.com.