The Viceroy - Derby
Indian and South Asian
8-9 Midland Road, Derby, DE1 2SN
Relaxed Indian dining is on offer both in Derby city centre and the little village of Duffield. Derby Telegraph's 'Restaurant of the Year' in 2011, The Viceroy is a great choice whichever branch you opt for - we were certainly looking forward to a trip to Duffield's restaurant. On arrival, my guest and I were greeted at the door by elegant, uniformed staff and the inviting aroma of Indian cooking. Gilt-edged furniture and exotic red flowers contrasted beautifully with white linen tablecloths. We started with the barrah lamb chop - an impressively succulent piece of meat marinated in yoghurt, fiery chillies and fragrant coriander - and the delicately cooked fresh cod pakora, served in a light, crunchy batter. We also shared the chandari malai tikka - a mild, must-try dish of tangy and tender chicken, lightly spiced and marinated for 24 hours.
A main of handi ghosht impressed with its superbly tender diced lamb and rich, complex sauce, accompanied by light and refreshing lemon rice - a house speciality and a great partner to the full-bodied lamb. The butter naan was gorgeous and reminded me of the fantastic naans I'd eaten in India: thin, light and crispy.
And for dessert? It had to be the kala jamun - best described as an Indian dessert dumpling. Served hot, it's soft, sweet and comforting, and a perfect partner to cooling ice cream. All in all, a lovely meal.