Shapla Balti Cuisine
Indian and South Asian
133-137 Ridgeway, Plymouth, PL4 0DF
Plymouth is home to this lovely, truly authentic restaurant, specialising in traditional Punjabi, Kashmiri, Bengali and Indian cuisine. The interior is bright and inviting, featuring a vivid red patterned carpet set elegantly against cream walls, with white and turquoise cloths on tables set with stylish precision; elaborate candles and striking Indian art on the wall complete the picture. So suspend your disbelief and be transported from Plymouth to the very heart of India, just for a little while. As for the food, the menu is extensive, with Shapla providing a variety of classic dishes as well as a few unfamiliar surprises - an ideal selection for any lover of Indian cuisine, and indeed for those trying this exciting type of cuisine for the first time. To start, order from, amongst others, a variety of kebabs, prawn dishes and soups, as well as samosas, onion bhajees and stuffed peppers - tasty and light enough to titillate the tastebuds without spoiling your appetite. You should never leave a good Indian restaurant without sampling something new, and Shapla provides the perfect opportunity to explore unknown flavours and uncover exotic spices. The Shapla menu offers the kind of variety that allows guests to select their favourite to enjoy all to themselves, or to order an assortment of delicacies to share with their dining partners. The chef's specialities include the Shapla special curry, a stimulating mix of chicken and lamb tikka, king prawn and egg with chef's special sauce, along with a multitude of other specially selected dishes; sample tandoori garlic chilli chicken, Bengal massala or the Shapla special bhuna made with chef's unique combination of spices. Aside from this you'll find the familiar biriyani, balti, bhuna, madras, dhansak and korma dishes, as well as a whole host of vegetarian options. For a true representation of authentic Indian food in a relaxed environment, the Shapla experience is unmissable. By word of mouth, Shapla is the best balti house in the area.