[Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester] Delhi Dream - via Deliveroo

We’ve been in isolation since 18 March. Once a week, we’ve ordered a home delivery from one of the few nearby restaurants keeping going on delivery and/or takeaway. Delhi Dream is almost the last one to try. It’s not a restaurant that’s ever been on our radar to visit “in real life”. So, we had no high expectations of it being more than a decent curry house and our expectations were met.

There was aloo tikki to start – mashed potato and peas, mixed with fragrant spices, then formed into a patty and fried. It’s a dish we’ve had at a restaurant in Bramhall which specialises in Mumbai street food where, in the language of that city, it’s known as ragada pattice. In truth the Bramall version was better – this one was a bit on the dry side. The other starter was fine. Samosa chaat was as expected – a broken up vegetable samosa, with chickpeas, topped with Bombay mix, a sharp chutney (tamarind?) and yoghurt. A nice contrast of crisp pastry, soft filling and the tang from the toppings.

Lamb karahi was fine, if nothing special. A well balanced sauce that wasn’t overpowered by chilli. Lamb a bit chewy though, although not so much as to be inedible. A bit of a carb overload here , as rice and tandoori roti had been ordered. Rice was good. Roti was fine but had lost some of its crispness in travel. Vegetable biryani was an enormous portion which, on a night when we weren’t very hungry, would have fed both of us. Lots of rice, with mixed vegetables stirred through. A fairly serious whack from chilli here, as well as other spices. There was a little pot of sambhar – and it needed more to properly moisten the dish.

So, a decent enough meal for home delivery – and all credit to them for staying open - but I doubt we’d be in a rush to visit the actual restaurant when things return to whatever normal is going to be.