Navadhanya Restaurant – experience fine dining Indian style

Navadhanya
Navadhanya by night

This week we dined at Navadhanya with high expectations and we weren’t disappointed. Since it opened it’s doors in mid December 2014 this exciting new restaurant has jumped straight to the top of the Trip Advisor listings as the no 1 place to eat in Cambridge. Located in Newmarket Road it was formerly The Bird in Hand pub. Now it’s transformed into a cool, contemporary fine dining Indian restaurant. First impressions were inviting when viewed from outside, and a warm welcome lay within.The staff were courteous and hospitable and the service was outstanding without being intrusive. Seated in the middle of the room we found the noise levels rather uncomfortable as the place was fully booked and loud. I could hear the conversation of the woman at the next table more than I could hear my partner!

navadhanya starter
Malai Tikka

However this is a minor criticism as the food is not just fine Indian dining, its superlative cuisine which is created by award-winning chefs and staff who come from Five-Star Hotel and Michelin Star backgrounds. In fact we ran out of adjectives to describe the exquisite food by the end of the evening. The menu opens with a page of Allergens information from the Food Standards Agency which is very useful. There is a 7 course taster experience available at a very reasonable £29.99, but we decided on this occasion to choose from the a la carte menu. We started with a couple of beers and glasses of iced water whilst we feasted our eyes upon the very smart menu which claims to take you on a culinary journey from south to north India.

my starter
Alootikki
my main
Murgh Makaini

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I chose Alootikki, a pan-fried potato cake with spinach filling, and my partner Steve decided upon Malai Tikka,  Tandoor chicken with cream cheese, yogurt and cumin to begin our meal. The presentation was a work of art and looked glorious on slate. This was followed by the interestingly named Railway lamb curry for Steve, and I decided on Murgh Makaini, which is a chicken tikka dish for my main. We shared a side order of Aloo Jeera, a potato dish, accompanied by rice and naan bread. Portion sizes were just right and not feeling too bloated we both chose a dessert. I had Pastachio Kulfi, an Indian style ice cream and Steve had an indulgent Belgian chocolate mousse.

Accompanied by another beer and plenty of iced water we ended the meal with a liqueur as it was a date night! Overall it was excellent value for money as the bill came to under £80 and to quote Steve ” the food didn’t just burst with flavours but tastes exploded in the mouth”. Needless to say we will be dining at Navadhanya again, and recommend to anyone who is looking for something very different and special, that is fine dining Indian style. Enjoy!

chichen tikka main
Railway lamb curry
Aloo Jeera
Aloo Jeera

rice dish

my dessert
Pastachio Kulfi
chocolate pudding
Home-made Belgian chocolate mousse

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Free parking is available opposite the restaurant from 6.30pm, and a private room can be booked for parties up to 25 people.

http://www.navadhanya.co.uk  tel 01223 300583 73 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8EG info@navadhanya.co.uk

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