Kakori Indian Restaurant, Newport Pagnell
Some jobs you don’t mind doing and this was certainly the case when I was asked to review Kakori Indian Restaurant in Newport Pagnell.
I have been to Kakori a few times now and, every time I visit, I think “why don’t I come here more often?”.
Firstly, I love the décor, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a plush London restaurant. The main dining area has a pitched glass roof with a chandelier hanging from it, I love it that much I take a photo whenever I go. The whole restaurant is nicely decorated with a number of features and comfortable table and chairs.
If my earlier comment about this could be a plush London restaurant gave you the impression that Kakori was overpriced, then think again. On Sundays, there is a buffet at just £9.95 and on Wednesday and Thursday you can choose from the menu for just £12.95 with a starter, main, rice and a side all included. On other days, a chicken starter starts at £3.95 and a classic curry is just £6.95.
The décor is great and the prices are at the lower end of what you could pay in Milton Keynes so what about the food I hear you ask.
Well, we started with the customary poppadoms whilst waiting for our starters of tandoori chicken and mango king prawns. The menu has one of the best starter choices I’ve seen, with a good selection of chicken, lamb, kebabs, vegetarian and fish. There are a couple of sharing platters if you fancy a taste of a few dishes.
Our starter arrived and immediately you can see that Kakori go out to impress with a nice side salad and garnish. My tandoori chicken was a nice big breast piece which smelt absolutely incredible. Within seconds of cutting into it, I knew it was going to be flavoursome and tender. It didn’t disappoint and had the right amount of spices to allow the flavour of the chicken to come through. It was grilled just as I like it and the salad was incredibly fresh that made it a perfect starter. Mrs D’s prawns were presented with the same salad and garnish and just by looking at them you could tell they were going to hit the spot. They were a decent size and perfectly pink once they were brought out of their shell. Mrs D commented that the prawns cooked with mango, chilli and coriander were exceptional and the perfect start to our meal.
Whenever we eat out, we tend to go for the same Indian dishes. The Kakori menu provides all the traditional dishes and several unique specials. I wanted to try my favourite Chicken Korai but didn’t want to miss trying something new. At this point, put your hand on your forehead, as I ordered two main courses whilst Mrs D ordered the tandoori combination.
In addition to the Chicken Korai I ordered the Chicken Pathia which could be the Indian version of the Chinese sweet and sour classic. The Pathia is described on the menu as “in a sweet and sour sauce with ground spices and coriander”. It took just one mouthful for me to decide I will need to have this again. Each mouthful was full of flavours, a slight spicy kick to start with followed by a nice and unique aftertaste. This was definitely a new experience as most dishes get hotter with each bite. This seemed to be the other way around which was just delightful.
Mrs D started tucking into her grill which consisted of a tandoori chicken breast, lamb chops, haryali murch, seekh kebab, king prawn with a side of grilled peppers, rice and naan bread. As you can see from our photo, this is a great feast for one, or possibly a sharer with a curry dish (not that you would need more meat). If this was an Indian restaurant in London, I didn’t think I would see my change out of £30 when you consider the size of this dish. Kakori charge just £13.95 for it which is unbelievably great value considering the amount of meat and sides included. Mrs D said that each piece of meat and prawn had its own distinct flavour, everything was tender and cooked to perfection. Her naan bread also found its way into my dishes and to be honest I have never seen her happier (oh hang on a minute). Needless to say, Mrs D’s eyes were bigger than her belly and there was enough left over to take home.
The rest of my meal consisted of the chicken korai, mushroom rice and a piece or two of Mrs D’s naan bread.
In summary, everything from the décor to the food has been taken care of. You can tell, throughout the meal, that Kakori have a very experienced chef who knows how to layer the spices to bring out some incredible flavours. Everything had its own distinctive taste and was certainly cooked just for us as it was ordered.
This is the 3rd or 4th time I have been to Kakori and it’s always consistently good with the overall experience rating very highly.
Some of you may know the owner Mo who was at Japiur at one point, Mo now owns his own restaurant and has excelled in what Indian dining is all about.
As independent as this review could be, you will not be disappointed, it’s great value for money and is great for a date night or work night out.
Sponsored Stories You May Like
Milton Keynes Gallery to offer all visitors a free hot drink as they reopen next week
Milton Keynes Gallery will be offering all visitors a free hot drink to mark their reopening next week.
'Do not be alarmed': Emergency services will be training inside Milton Keynes hotel tomorrow
Emergency services have announced that teams will be training inside a city-centre hotel tomorrow (12/5).
Popular competition returns to see if Milton Keynes is home to Britain's best home bar
Following last year's success, a competition has returned to see if Milton Keynes is home to Britain's best home bar.
Milton Keynes barbershop to give free cup of tea and haircut to the homeless
A local barbershop has decided to open up on Sundays to give free haircuts to the homeless community.
Milton Keynes police warn against rise in distraction burglaries/rogue traders in local area
Due to a rise in reports of distraction burglaries occurring and rogue traders operating throughout Milton Keynes, Thames Valley Police has taken to social media to issue a warning in order to safeguard local residents.
Milton Keynes school praises 6-year-old pupil after spotting fire
Local firefighters were called to the site of Heelands School after an alarm was raised by a 6-year-old pupil yesterday morning (10/05).
Milton Keynes children plant trees across local parks and play areas
As part of a local donation programme from Community Trees Milton Keynes, 20 volunteer families planted 100 saplings across various parks and play areas in Newport Pagnell.
Milton Keynes police holding online Q&A this Friday
Thames Valley Police are holding an online question and answer session with Milton Keynes residents about their concerns.
Milton Keynes Council encourage locals to take part in celebrating Fostering Fortnight 2021
Milton Keynes Council will be hosting a number of events throughout 10-23 May in order to mark the national celebration of the fostering community.
Ten coronavirus cases recorded throughout Milton Keynes yesterday
According to the latest data, there were ten coronavirus cases recorded in Milton Keynes yesterday (10/05).
Milton Keynes school temporarily closes following fire earlier today
Local firefighters were called to the site of Heelands School after a fire was discovered by a pupil at 11am earlier this morning (10/05).
Conservative Matthew Barber elected Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner
The Conservatives have retained their control over the position of Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner as their candidate Matthew Barber was elected following the vote count earlier today (10/05).
You May Have Missed
Cat is stabbed twice in Milton Keynes
Last week, a family discovered that their pet cat had been stabbed in each of her back legs.
EXCLUSIVE: McDonalds to restart breakfast service in Milton Keynes from July 8th
MKFM understands that McDonalds will be re-starting their breakfast service in all Milton Keynes stores from 8th July.
The areas in Milton Keynes where the most deaths involving coronavirus have sadly happened
The Office for National Statistics have revealed new localised data on the number of deaths which have taken place involving coronavirus.
Coronavirus test centre employee's outcry over being charged to park whilst at work in Milton Keynes
Employees at the drive-in coronavirus test centre in Central Milton Keynes have to pay to park each day, it has been revealed.
Milton Keynes local coronavirus case numbers do NOT include Drive-Through test centre results
A national newspaper has revealed that government coronavirus case numbers on a local authority level do not include any tests from local drive-through test centres and some home testing kits.
Deadly blue-green algae appears in another Milton Keynes park as warning sent to dog owners
Deadly blue-green algae has been identified in another Milton Keynes park as dog owners are warned to keep their animals out of the lake.
Cafe Rouge to close in Milton Keynes as owners of chain enter administration
Cafe Rouge in Milton Keynes will be closing permanently as the owners of the chain enter administration.
'Scum' spray-painted onto Milton Keynes couple's store window as well as other graffiti
A Milton Keynes couple have had the word 'Scum' spray painted onto their store window, as well as other graffiti on their store sign.