0.5 miles
25 Causeway Lane, Matlock, DE4 3AR
With a beautiful and commanding corner facade overlooking Hall Leys Park and the river beyond, a tuk-tuk used for takeaway deliveries on display outside the grand entrance, and an appetising, spicy aroma permeating the air, you'll be impressed by Maazi even before stepping inside. This sophisticated Indian restaurant, occupying what was originally an Art Deco cinema in Matlock, offers lovely views across the Edwardian park through its huge windows and boasts a team dedicated to making you feel special. Ascending the grand carpeted stairway, you are greeted by the friendly front-of-house staff and led to an extremely well-appointed, flawlessly set and atmospherically lit dining area.

In a short time owner Mr Shabir has established a still-growing reputation for quality, value and innovation. There's no trace of pretence here, just warmth and professionalism. As word spreads, Maazi is beginning to attract devotees from further afield, as well as loyal Derbyshire locals.

While enjoying complimentary poppadoms and condiments, I chose aloo tikki - mashed potatoes infused with green chilli, garlic and coriander, shallow fried but by no means greasy - from a range of 15 starters. For my main course I opted for lamb nihari with pilau rice; the meat simply melted in the mouth. The menu is well thought out and pleasingly extensive, featuring tandoori, balti, seafood and vegetarian dishes as well as chef's specials. The servings were generous; I ordered mango lassi expecting a glassful, but instead was served a whole pitcher of the delicious drink. As for the accompanying garlic naan, it was quite possibly the finest I have ever tasted.

Mr Shabir is clearly a dedicated restaurateur who takes justifiable pride in what he has achieved. He is particularly proud of his kitchens and informed me he has had not one, but two clay ovens installed - a rare feature. He is obviously passionate about offering a truly authentic Indian dining experience and, excitingly, plans are now in the pipeline to expand and take on another floor - to be decorated in a fusion of Asian and Arabic styles and accommodate the growing demand for private functions and parties. On the evening of our visit we also enjoyed live traditional music complete with a belly dancer - the perfect accompaniment to an unforgettable evening of exotic delicacy.
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