Karachi
15 Neal Street, Bradford
Telephone: (01274) 732015

30/8/01

Category     Opening times
Food 6   Sun-Thu: 11am to 1am
Fri-Sat: 11am to 2am
Atmosphere 3  
Service 8  
Value 8  


The Karachi is still the cheapest curry house in the city, (my dall lentil has remained at £2.90 for years), and while it is not as good as it was back in the eighties and early nineties, it has improved since our last visit over a year ago, when we thought it very poor.

We kicked off with onion bhaji (50p) and vegetable samosa (2 for 50p) - and excellent value they were. The bhaji were crisp and light - not at all pudding-like - and the onions soft and tasty. The samosas were fresh, the pastry crumbly and the contents, potatoes, peas and carrots, nicely spiced. All in all, a good start.

Our main dishes, without being at all poor or sub-standard, were just not up to the mark. My dall lentil lacked spiciness and was on the sweet side, and the lentils were a little overdone; however, the portion was excellent, and the chappatis very good. IanW was disappointed with his karahi vegetable: "The dish, while spicy and tasty enough, managed to combine vegetables which were underdone, and others that were overdone." Again, the portion was fine, but it lacked the finesse of a similar dish in, say the Kashmir or the Sultan. The channa masala was madras strength, and very tasty, but the chick peas were over-cooked and soggy.

We finished with good milky coffee and 50p a cup and some good barfi.

While not the best curry on offer in the city, it is the cheapest, and this restaurant does have its regulars: it's worth a visit, and the staff are friendly and efficient.



Dish Price Rating By Whom
Dall Lentil £2.90 6/10 EricB
Karahi Vegetable £4.10 5/10 IanW
Channa Masala £3.00 6/10 JohnM

(All dishes come with a choice of three chappatis or rice.)
Tandoori roti: 30p, tandoori nan: 80p, Garlic nan: £1.00, chapattis: 20p.


"...I have been to so called better restaurants & not received as good a meal as at the Karachi.". Read our visitor's views.

23/6/00

Category
Food 5
Atmosphere 3
Service 8
Value 8


We last dined at the Karachi just over a year ago, and then we reported: "We'd heartily recommend a visit to this restaurant. It serves well-above average fare at prices that are hard to beat."

So what on earth has happened in the interim - or did we visit the restaurant on a particularly bad night?

We kicked off with onion bhajis (50p) and vegetable samosas (50p). The bhajis were well above average, mild but freshly-cooked. The samosas were pretty awful, stale, tasteless, and re-heated. We tried a pickle tray - pretty steep at £1.50 - consisting of mild onion pickle, mango chutney, and lime pickle, which we enjoyed with popadoms.

I had a spinach bhaji - an overcooked mush with no subtlety of flavour or texture; one of the worse spinach dishes I've sampled in a long time. The dal - probably the cheapest curry in the city at £2.90 - was above average, though cooked in a standardised sauce which serves most of the other vegetable dishes too. The dal madras differed from the plain dal only in that it was peppered with some indefinable hot powder which made it almost inedible.

We finished off with some gritty barfi and good milky coffee at 50p a cup.

All in all we were very disappointed. The fare was poor to very mediocre, the atmosphere appalling - like dining in an empty scout hut - and we can't in all honesty recommend this once very good restaurant to our readers. (And it must be mentioned that, to add insult to injury, there was a cardboard-box mousetrap on brazen display beneath the sink.)



Dish Price Rating By Whom
Dal £2.90 6/10 JohnM
Dal Madras £3.40 5/10 JulianF
Spinach Bhaji £3.40 5/10 EricB

(The curries are served with a choice of either three chappatis or boiled rice.)


27/8/99

Category
Food 8
Atmosphere 5
Service 8
Value 9


We'd sampled a few incredibly hot curries at the Karachi on non-review nights over a year ago, and so were a trifle apprehensive about going back for more. In the event, we need not have worried.

The Karachi is the longest-established curry house in Bradford - and it looks like it. This place would win no awards from a jury of interior decorators. For as long as I can remember, the walls have been daubed a two-tone institutional green like some NHS psychiatric ward circa 1950. But the place is popular, has its loyal regulars who come back again and again, and it's cheap. (Where else would you find nan bread at 60p?)

We began with onion bhaji (50p) and a meat samosa (50p) - both of which were well above average. The bhajis were well cooked and contained plenty of onion, and the samosa was flavoursome.

For my main dish I went for a dall and mushroom (not on the menu, but they were happy to make it). It was a good portion of exceptionally flavoursome lentils, not too mushy as in some places, and mushroom which were sliced too thinly to notice. All in all, though, a satisfying dish. The dall lentil rated a nine out of ten, JohnM citing the distinctive taste of the lentils as the key factor. The chicken spinach, however, proved disappointing - too bland, the spinach too sweet, and the chicken lacking flavour. The chicken muglai was better. The main dishes were accompanied by very good boiled rice and excellent chapattis. We also sampled a glass of good mango lassi at £1.

We finished off with coffee at 50p a cup, and barfi. After some of the dishwater we've been served at other establishments, it's a delight to report that the Karachi still serves the best coffee in Bradford.

We'd heartily recommend a visit to this restaurant. It serves well-above average fare at prices that are hard to beat.



Dish Price Rating By Whom
Dall Lentil £2.90 9/10 JohnM
Chicken Mulai £4.30 8/10 JonF
Chicken & Spinach £3.60 6/10 IanW
Dall & Mushroom £3.00 7/10 EricB

(All dishes are served with three chapattis. Rice must be ordered extra.)

22/9/98

Category
Food 7
Atmosphere 5
Service 9
Value 9


The Karachi is the longest-established curry house in Bradford - and it looks like it. This place would win no awards from a jury of interior decorators. For as long as I can remember, the walls have been daubed a two-tone institutional green like some NHS psychiatric ward circa 1950. But the place is popular, has its loyal regulars who come back again and again, and is cheap.

We took time off to sample a mid-week lunchtime curry. MickG had a meat kebab (50p), which he rated highly. We didn't order onion bhajis today, but I've always enjoyed them from here in the past. I ordered a dall lentil (the cheapest dish on the menu) and found it a little too hot, while Mick's meat curry was on the hot side, too. The aloo spinach, on the other hand, was mild and rather sweet, and the potatoes were tinned. (While MickG swears by this place, and I have had some excellent meals in the past, it must be said that more than one member of the Friday night crew has shown a marked reluctance to return after sampling a rocket fuel curry here a few months ago. If you can take them hot, this is the place for you: if not, avoid the Karachi or order a korma.)

We finished with an excellent coffee, a bargain at 50p, (the best served by Bradford curry houses) and I sampled a truly delightful gulab jaman.



Dish Price Rating By Whom
Meat Curry £2.70 8/10 MichaelG
Aloo Spinach £3.10 7/10 DaveW
Dall Lentil £2.70 7/10 EricB

(All dishes are served with three chapattis. Rice must be ordered extra.)


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