Castle View Indian Restaurant and Takeaway has recently opened in the former Tito’s Restaurant and Grill on Union Road near Lincoln Castle’s West Gate, following new owner Aminur Rahman’s £50,000 investment and the creation of 10 new jobs for the local area.
Aminur said: “As well as everyone’s traditional Indian favourites we will be offering our Chef Special dishes all new to Lincolnshire.
“Our most popular dishes are Nawabi Murghi, Bombay Mirch, Bengal Delight, King Prawn Pili Pili, Fish Mugli, Castle View Balti Special and many more, including our special sizzling and Tawa dishes.
“All our dishes are created from hand grounded spices and not bought from a wholesalers. Our menu can be adjusted and helpful staff are always on hand to help recommend new dishes according to our customer’s taste. Whatever you want, we can cater for it.”
The restaurant is familiar with Lincoln diners having recently been occupied by Tito’s which closed after just two years and prior to that, Castlegate Indian Restaurant.
Upon entering Castle View we were greeted by Samanya (Aminur’s sister in-law) who looked fantastic, dressed in an authentic Indian Sari. We chatted for a while, before ordering drinks; a half of draught Cobra for Vikki and a pint for me (on a school night!) before being escorted upstairs to the main restaurant.
With approximately 40 covers, the restaurant has been completely refurbished with comfy faux leather chairs and tasteful decor. The heavy wooden tables are nicely spaced apart to allow for intimate dining but close enough to generate a pleasant atmosphere and generate a relaxed feel.
Looking around, the restaurant is half full, all the customers are happily chatting and eating and overall there’s a really nice ambiance. Not bad for Wednesday evening and considering the restaurant had only been open for two weeks.
We are shown to our table where we quickly decide on Lamb Chop and Lamb Tikka for starters. Our starters arrive in good time and are well presented.
I begin with Lamb Tikka – a sizzling dish of tender lamb chunks with onions beautifully cooked and presented on a fresh citrus salad. Verdict: delicious. Vikki’s starter consisted of three lamb chops cooked in an authentic Tandoor oven, presented on a fresh green salad and was declared equally delicious.
The Tandoor style of cooking originated during the Mughals where meat is cooked half by hot air and half directly on a coal flame to give that distinct flavor you don’t get from cooking on a grill.
For mains we took a little longer to decide but Aminur was on hand to recommend Chicken Nawabi Murghi for me; a medium hot dish traditionally served at Weddings and special occasions and Vikki’s favourite King Prawn Dhansak with Garlic Naan bread, Pilau rice and Chaana Masala to share.
After a short rest our mains arrive. Looking at the dishes, you can already tell they’re different to other curries in taste and texture.. all too often a curry dish can appear sloppy, a watery slush with a thin layer of oil resting on the surface!
At Castle View the sauces are thick, packed with fine fresh ingredients and there’s not a drop of oil in sight.
My Nawabi Murghi is packed with flavour with a good bit of heat as the combination of onions, garlic, tomatoes and fresh spices work the beautifully cooked chicken. The dish is described as medium spicy and has a real kick which washes down well with an ice cold draught Cobra beer.
Vikki’s King Prawn Dhansak, was also perfectly cooked with tender prawns served in a tasty sauce cooked in a combination of spices with lentils and pineapple producing a sweet and sour taste. The Garlic Naan was light and fluffy and great for mopping up the flavoursome sauces.
As usual by the time we’d finished our mains we were pleasantly stuffed and couldn’t do justice to any of the traditional sweet Indian desserts on offer but vowed to return and sample Galub Jamun; deep fried balls of full cream milk powder, with a hint of semolina, fried and soaked in saffron syrup and served with ice cream… dessert heaven!
If you want to have an Indian but do not want to feel like your in a typical glorified takeaway, then certainly try Castle View.
You will not be disappointed as this is up there with the best Indian food in the area and judging by the amount of regular diners the restaurant is already attracting (after very little or no advertising to date), the discerning Lincoln public aren’t disappointed either and this new addition will be a big hit with Uphill Lincoln’s culinary scene.
Venue: Castle View Indian Restaurant & Takeaway, 11 Union Road, Lincoln, LN1 3BJ.
Parking: Several car parks nearby.
Cost: £56.35 including drinks.
Verdict: Thumbs up! We will definitely be returning soon.