Indian and South Asian
Twice voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the UK by the British Curry Awards, Castle Gate, sitting on the outskirts of Caerphilly, has upheld a great reputation in the area for serving authentic fare and delicious Sunday buffets. The wide range of cuisine from all across India is freshly cooked by Castle Gate’s experienced head chef and served by friendly and efficient staff in a dining room enlivened by Indian art and music.
On our evening visit, I was unable to resist the starter named Slay the Dragon – delicious tandoori chicken in a pineapple and honey glaze. My companion declared the melt-in-the-mouth prawns in his Garlic ‘e’ Gujrat the best he’d ever had. Next to arrive was the north Indian garlic chicken curry, comprising slices of tender chicken breast cooked in a rich, fiery sauce with a kick of fresh chillies and peppers, and accompanied by fluffy rice. My companion opted for gosht kata masala – a generous helping of braised lamb in a thick sauce flavoured with onion, garlic, ginger and spices – accompanied by mushroom rice, which was cooked to perfection. Again, both dishes went down a treat and were washed down with a bottle of Cobra beer and jug of refreshing mango lassi, a beautiful yoghurt-based drink.