REVIEW: Blue India, Billingshurst
By Davey Pearson
Blue India Indian Restaurant recently opened its doors in Billingshurst high street in the beautifully listed premises of what was The Monsoon Restaurant and is already proving popular with the locals.
You may or may not have heard of Blue India but as a brand they have been a round for a while, starting out with their first restaurant in Crawley 12 years ago.
2014 has seen not only the launch of their newest restaurant in Billingshurst but they have also scooped the chef of year title at the Curry Life awards.
As part of our 18th wedding anniversary my wife and I decided to book a table for the evening to sample a few of their dishes.
The restaurant has parking for about four cars and if that’s full Jengers Mead car park is free after 6:30pm.
Their are two entrances to the restaurant at the front and rear.
We entered from the rear and were greeted by three members of staff all of which were very friendly and happy to see us.
We were seated in one of the five different dining areas which offered a cosy corner with its low ceilings and exposed timbers.
Drinks were served along with the standard poppadom and dips selection, no lime pickle though.
We went the full hog and opted for a three course dinner (it was our anniversary after all).
For my starter I chose the Calamari Bulchao, a Goan recipe with stir fried calamari and a hot and sour sauce. My wife opted for the classic onion bhaji.
The bhaji was lightly browned with a crispy coating and not too stodgy in the middle as they sometimes can be and my calamari was cooked perfectly, not too chewy with a very flavoursome hot sauce.
All washed down with an Indian larger and a fruit mocktail, although not together.
Keeping with the Goan region, for my main course I ordered the Goan lamb shank and my wife ordered her favourite, prawn bhuna with pilau rice and naans
Whilst waiting for our mains we had a chance to soak up the atmosphere which for a Monday evening wasn’t too bad at all.
Our mains arrived within seven minutes and we got stuck in.
The lamb shank was enormous and cooked very well, the meat slid off the bone and the flavour hadn’t been lost in the spicy/sweet sauce.
The Prawn bhuna was apparently very good, however I didn’t really get a look in.
Full to the brim we reluctantly ordered our dessert… well not really.
For me, a triple chocolate ice cream and for Mrs P the caramel bomb, both delicious and presented very well on the plate, in fact all the dishes that evening were presented well with a touch of class and finesse very seldom seen in local curry houses.
Our total bill came to £51.20 which I thought was reasonable considering the portion sizes and course numbers.
We found the staff to be friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive, the atmosphere good, and the setting relaxed and cosy.
Overall a pleasant evening had by all, no negatives to report and a definite re visit to be planned.