2 Cross Street, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AF
Set in the heart of Caerleon, Red Fort is a bright and colourful Indian restaurant with an impeccable food and drink offering. When we popped by, staff were extremely attentive and friendly making us feel instantly at home. To start, my companion and I shared perfectly spiced onion bhajis, as well as deliciously light poppadoms with a tray of supplements including sweet mango chutney, cooling mint sauce, hot lime pickle and sliced onions. Moving on to the main course, my companion enjoyed a delicious lamb biryani served on a decorative golden tray, which was a treat for the eyes and tastebuds. The lamb was tender and cooked to perfection, and was accompanied by a selection of dips and sweet vegetable curry. I plumped for a mouth-watering chicken balti, which the chef happily adapted to my preferred spice level. Sides came in the form of pilau rice and a sweet, rich peshwari naan, both of which were a cut above. To finish, we indulged in a sublime palate-cleansing pistachio ice cream. The perfect place in which to relax with family and friends, this superb restaurant is well worth a visit. Red Fort also offers a popular takeaway service, so you can enjoy fi rst-rate Indian cuisine in the comfort of your own home.