Whilst we nibbled poppadoms with a choice of dips and pickles, Moe very helpfully advised us as to the best starter to have on a hot summer's day such as this. He brought us the restaurant's signature dish, crispy twice-fried balls of potatoes and vegetables topped with pomegranate seeds and exquisitely flavoured cool and spicy sauces on a bed of leafy salad. To accompany this we also shared a delightful chicken tikka starter with a selection of mouth-watering dips.
Having so enjoyed Moe's first suggestion, my partner and I let him choose our main courses. Mine was lamb biryani - one-day-marinated lamb, slow-cooked in spices and served enveloped by a tower of colourful rice. The lamb was wonderful; it flaked on the fork and melted in my mouth. My partner enjoyed a delicately flavoured dish called East meets West - chicken in a red and creamy sauce served with pilau rice - which she finished with a satisfied smile. We accompanied our main course with freshly cooked paratha and samosas. Both our dishes were beautifully presented and decorated with sculpted fresh vegetables - a treat not only for the palate, but for the eyes too.
Our visit to the Viceroy was pleasurable from start to finish, not only because of the delicious banquet which we so enjoyed, but also because of the hospitality from Moe and his staff. We only touched upon the Viceroy's vast and impressive menu, which features dishes including rabbit khatta kargosh and the excitingly named Slay the Dragon, alongside more traditional Indian cuisine. If you are in Yeovil and are looking for Indian food at its best, then the Viceroy really is the place to go.