Navadhanya revisited – what’s not to love?

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Navadhanya fine dining Indian restaurant is located on Newmarket Road, Cambridge

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We chose the Valentine’s Day Non Vegetarian Tasting Menu at £54.99 pp, or if you included the * flight of wine the price was £79.99 pp. A Vegetarian Tasting Menu was also available.

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As it was Valentine’s Day the restaurant had scattered rose petals on the tables…
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and on every table there was a single red rose too, which was a lovely romantic touch
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We were thirsty on arrival so we started our evening with a pint of Kingfisher Premium lager on draught, which is India’s no.1 selling beer

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We also enjoyed a glass of Rose Champagne, which was included in the price of the 7 course tasting menu specially created for Valentine’s Day by head chef Kamaladasan

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The amuse bouche was Drumstick Soup, which was a spicy lentil and drumstick broth

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The next course was Palak Patta Chat, kale and spinach sprinkled in gram flour, served with mint chutney and yoghurt.* Chenin Blanc, Grand Cape, South Africa 2014

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This was followed by Junglee Murgh ‘Two ways’ – Guinea fowl breast marinated in cream, cheese and cardamom……..

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and the other breast was cooked with curry leaf, coriander and cinnamon, served with mango and Granny Smith apple chutney. * Chardonnay Gewurztraminer, Tamarind Garden, Chile, 2015

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Nimbu Pani Granita – this refreshing ice flavoured with Lime and Mint was an ideal palette cleanser
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The 5th course was Era Chukka with Idyappam – Pan fried Jumbo prawns tossed with peppercorn and thick onion sauce, further cooked with a reduced prawn paste served on a bed of rice vermicelli, accompanied with mustard marinated prawn mousse stuffed in a puffed whole wheat crisp. * Sauvignon Blanc,Cloud Factory, New Zealand 2013

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This was followed by Lamb Roganjosh – Diced lamb simmered in browned onions, gingered tomato sauce flavoured with Kashmir chillies and Ratan jot. Served with Pulao Rice, Plain Naan, and Dhal Hyderabadi. Note – we were advised that we could have unlimited amounts of this dish! * Shiraz, Soldier’s Block, Langhorne Creek, Australia 2013

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The Lamb Roganjosh with Rice, Dhal and Naan
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This was the best Naan bread we had ever tasted, and I could not resist having seconds!

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To complete a perfect meal we enjoyed The Rose Kulfi and Strawberry Mousse which was possibly the prettiest Valentine’s Day dessert, and certainly one of the most beautifully plated

Chef’s special Strawberry Mousse served with Rose Kulfi, was accompanied by * Moscato Passito, Palazzina, Piemonte, Italy 2012

On Valentine’s Day last Sunday night Steve and I dined at Navadhanya, where we enjoyed the chef’s 7 course taster menu with a flight of wine. It was almost a year ago when we last visited this fine dining Indian restaurant and it was the subject of my very first blog post. We had always intended to return for the chef’s taster menu and this made the ideal Valentine’s Day surprise gift for me.

‘You eat with your eyes first’ is a very appropriate quote for the food at Navadhanya, where plating and presentation are a large part of what they do extremely well. Every course was delightful and the flight of wines we sampled complemented each dish perfectly. In fact, the Chenin Blanc which accompanied the Palak Patta Chat was a taste explosion in the mouth and absolutely had the wow factor. Of all the courses the Palak Patta Chat with crispy noodles and pomegranates was my personal favourite, as the contrast of flavours and textures were exceptional.

The granita was an unexpected mix of spice and ice, and the addition of peppercorns made it fiery enough to make my lips burn!

I positively gushed with praise over the Plain Naan bread which was buttery, very light and crisp, far superior and quite unlike any other Naan we had ever tasted.

Steve’s favourite course was the Lamb Roganjosh and he said “If we weren’t eating in public I would lick the plate!”

If you enjoy eating in a refined restaurant serving gourmet Indian cuisine look no further than Navadhanya, which I can wholeheartedly recommend for special occasion dining when the local curry house just won’t cut the mustard!

Finally, many people have asked me what Navadhanya means and the definition is Navadhanya signifies the nine grains (where ‘Nava’ means nine and ‘Dhanya’ means grains) that are an important part of an Indian’s staple food.


73 Newmarket Rd


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