It’s not easy starting a new business these days, especially one in the competitive restaurant industry.
It is then to Delhi’s Winter’s credit that they have not only done it, but make delivering a fine Indian meal look so easy.
One of the newest additions to the Linlithgow restaurant scene, Delhi’s Winter is anything but cold.
Inside, the eaterie is full of touches to get any meal off to a great start - a warm and relaxing atmosphere, well-spaced tables, and subtle lighting and traditional background music.
The staff are helpful, pleasant and attentive, and from the off, it’s clear that time and work have been put into giving the restaurant a fresh feel.
The menus are contemporary, with colourful photography and a clear layout.
Descriptions of the dishes are simple, but staff speak knowledgeably of all the dishes and are on hand to make recommendations.
With our arrival poppadoms, my friend and I tried each one of five fragrant dips and chutneys given as accompaniments. It was the beginning of a delicious and excellent Indian meal which was big on taste and high on quality.
For starters, my friend was pleasantly surprised by her pieces of chicken pakoras which were only lightly battered and fried and served with a fresh tomato relish.
I ordered the Tandoori king prawns, listed in the menu as a ‘special starter’. And at £5.95, it was well worth it.
The prawns were large and juicy and had been marinated and slow roasted over charcoal giving them a mouth-watering smokey edge.
Seafood features heavily both in the starter and main menus including tandoori salmon, spicy scallops and fresh monkfish, something owner Raj Kalra is proud of.
He speaks of receiving excellent support from the local community since opening and is delighted the restaurant has been warmly received through comments on Trip Advisor.
For mains, my friends opted for lamb bhuna gosht which boasted tender meat and a kick of spices without being too hot or overpowering.
I loved my chicken tikka masala which had generous and succulent meat cooked with a rich tomato and cream based sauce.
Both our main dishes were under £9, and served with super sides of plain and cumin-flavoured rice and traditional and coriander and chilli naan bread hot from the tandoori oven priced at a few pounds each.
The meal represented excellent value for money considering the taste, presentation, quality and an offer to take the left overs home.
It’s often said that the savvy restaurant goer won’t verbalise what they think of a restaurant, choosing rather to talk with feet.
If they return, they enjoyed it, if they don’t, they didn’t.
I will not only be happily returning to Delhi’s Winter soon, I’ve already decided what I’m going to order.