Indian and South Asian
36 Lower Stone Street, Maidstone, ME15 6LX
Shamrat is a warm and welcoming venue, with a reputation for serving authentic, top-notch Indian cuisine. The menu offers a wealth of choice and encompasses traditional favourites as well as a variety of intriguing specials, perfect for adventurous diners. From the moment the poppadoms and accompanying dips arrived at our table, we knew we were in for a treat. After whetting our appetites, we opted for salmon dil tikka – pieces of salmon infused with dill and parsley and a flavoursome blend of spices – and a thali starter comprising seekh kebabs, chicken wings, onion bhaji, and chicken tikka. For the main course, we consulted the waiter, who expertly steered us towards dishes suitable for our palates. We plumped for the chicken jal masala, which we were told had quite the kick thanks to the fresh green chillies. We also selected garlic chilli chicken, which was exquisite, the sweet mango and zesty lemon perfectly complemented by the heat of the chillies, and the garlic and coriander a wonderful addition to the mix. My personal favourite was the shank of lamb. Braised in garlic and ginger, the meat simply fell from the bone and was paired with a scrumptious, subtly spiced sauce. Everything worked together perfectly and proved a testament to the skills of the chefs. To accompany, we chose pilau rice, garlic naan and aloo banda, all of which complemented the robust spices from the meat dishes well. The dessert menu offered a variety of mouth-watering options. I thoroughly enjoyed my gajar halwa – classic indian pudding baked with carrots, milk, butter, almonds, pistachios and raisins, and served with ice cream. My companion rounded off his meal with a fun and rather unique dessert of toffee biscuit layered with blue bubblegum ice cream and topped with chocolate popping candy. The friendly and attentive staff made our meal even more enjoyable, and their knowledge of the menu proved rather handy to us novices. We will definitely be returning for a repeat experience soon.