I’m a creature of habit, and 99 per cent of my lunches are soups and sandwiches, but last Friday I broke from the norm and headed to The Sanam.
At £5.45 for a three course lunch, it would be rude not to.
And judging by the busy dining room, it appears lots of Bairns love a bargain lunch at the popular Callendar Road restaurant.
There are four set menus on offer at lunch, ranging from £5.45-7.95 with a huge range of favourites on offer. Dishes including tikka, jalfrezi, passanda and balti are available with chicken or lamb and starters including various pakoras and kebabs.
My crisp-fiend son, decided he had to have poppadums after spying some at a neighbouring table, so we started with them and some spiced onions while we decided what to order.
My friend went for onion bahjis and I had veg pakora which was delivered promptly and were delicious. The portion size was more than generous, especially for lunch time and we soon cleared our plates.
For mains, Jacqui had chicken madras and I had a prawn Kashmiri korma both came with sides of boiled rice, fried rice or chips and again were pretty generous sizes. I split my korma with Harrison - his first taste of Indian cuisine that wasn’t his mum’s poor attempts at curry - and he tucked away an impressive amount.
We were too stuffed to take advantage of the dessert included in the offer - with the choice of ice cream, sorbets, fruit and gulab jamon, depending on what menu selected and instead went for a wander to the High Street to try to shake off the feeling of being fit to burst.
Service is fast and efficient, meaning you could easily fit a visit into your lunch hour and the price is unbeatable. Lunch for two, including drinks and poppadums came in at under £20 - fantastic value for Indian cuisine.
We regularly get a take away from The Sanam and two meals and a starter to share is considerably more than that.
The restaurant was fully renovated a couple of years ago and is modern with plenty of space. The Sanam was Falkirk’s first Indian and opened in 1976.
They were short listed for Scottish Restaurant of the Year at the prestigious National Curry Awards last month and although they didn’t leave the bash with the award, my visit proved they are still top of their game.