It’s fair to say I know the dishes at Omar Cuisine pretty well. The takeway menu has been a staple in our kitchen drawer for many a year and it’s the first thing we reach for when we feel we need a wee treat.
But, surprisingly, we’ve never had a meal in the restaurant, either in its current setting or its previous incarnation in one of the Church Walk blocks that have already been bulldozed.
We have, of course, enjoyed more than a few Indian meals out but have always tended to venture into Falkirk rather than sample the wares on our doorstep.
Regular readers of this column may remember me saying that Indian meals enjoyed in situ are always better than those spooned out of a a tinfoil cartoon – and this certainly holds true for the Omar.
While their takeaways are tasty, the restaurant offering is a notch up and I’ll certainly be returning.
Although it was a Tuesday night, there were a few other couples in the restaurant and we were shown to a window seat, which offered suprisingly pleasant views thanks to the demolition of another section of the aforementioned blocks.
However, the moment the menus arrived our eyes were diverted as we searched out another dish to try.
In the event, Pauline opted for an old favourite, vegetable pakora – and a very generous helping it was too. The cripsy coating benefited from not being packed in a container and the selection of dips which accompanied our starters was another advantage of choosing to eat out.
I swithered over the garlic mushrooms but eventually decided on the chicken chaat and wasn’t disappointed.
The moist chicken was deliciously spicey and all too soon only a pile of bones was left.
A confirmed chicken korma fan, Pauline broke with tradition when she opted for the chicken makhan. The addition of Philadelphia cheese to the creamy sauce gave an extra dimension to the dish and I had to have a taste myself.
I can never resist a good tandoori but body-swerved my usual choices from that section and went with the Egyptian lamb kebab. The tender chucks of meat packed a punch and were suitably accompanied by a rich sauce and slices of pepper and tomato.
The paratha we chose to mop up our plates did the job but couldn’t replace Omar’s peshwari naan at the top of my list of favourite Indian breads.
Yip, as Arnie said, ‘‘I’ll be back’’.
Omar Cuisine, Stirling Street Denny, (01324) 825898