Abul's Spice Indian, Corwen.
What is no myth, however, is that Abul's Spice Indian Restaurant is the only restaurant in the area where you can expect to find a truly great, award-winning curry, as it is an award-winning establishment.
Abul's Spice has an extensive menu of traditional Indian fare and specialities from across the subcontinent. From the humble Aloo Chat to their very own Sizzling Zamela, it was officially the best curry house in Wales in 2015 and won further awards in 2016.
Sian Lloyd (TV presenter and meteorologist) is a fan and recently returned to eat at her favourite curry house.
We decide try this establishment with friends from the town, as curry is the ultimate in communal food and a great way of catching up with sharing platters.
We park on one of the off road parking bays just off the A5 but note there is a vast public car park just round the corner, which is free of charge in the evenings.
The restaurant features seating for fifty people, plus seats for those waiting for takeaways. Alcohol is not sold within, but the restaurant does have a Table License, so patrons are welcome to bring their own wine or beer or even buy a pint and take it in from the pub next door.
Inside, I suppose it looks like any regular high-street curry house with comfortable high leather backed chairs and subdued lighting with pictures of the various awards proudly dotted around various walls.
The menu reflects the simplicity of much of India's methods of cooking but using locally sourced meat such as Welsh Lamb, which is central to many of Abul's traditional offerings, such as his Royal Tikka Bhuna. It of course features all the usual curry house classics as well as many house specialities or set meals.
We begin with what all good Indian evenings start with, poppadums and chutneys. There were four dips included with the cool yogurt and the sweet chutney paired beautifully with the comforting flavour and crunch of the poppadum.
Gillian decides to pick a main from the Welsh curry house award dishes section and opts for Welsh Lamb Special, which had tender pieces of Welsh lamb, slow cooked with spinach and topped with local cheese. It was presented beautifully on a fancy square plate with a sauce drizzled artfully on the side. The meat fell apart in the delicious sauce that had the right amount of spice without overpowering the taste buds. You can see why it had many plaudits from the judges.
Stuart went for Britain's favorite dish as in chicken tikka masala, which was chicken, marinated in masala sauce, cooked in a tandoor and simmered in a rich creamy sauce of mild spices. It arrived in a terrine pot that kept it hot for the already warmed up plate.
My wife went for butter chicken that had pieces of chicken cooked in a buttery creamy sauce and mild spices. Both Stuart's dish and my wife's sauces are distinct from each other, although similar in colour. His dish is sweeter; my partner's buttery and rich. The bowls they arrive hold the perfect amount in my opinion.
I went for Abul's signature dish called Sizzling Corwen, which were strips of Welsh lamb stir fried in a rich tomato sauce. It arrived blistering on a flat skillet with rising steam that cleared my nostrils, leaving the delicious aroma floating in the air.
The Welsh lamb teamed up wonderfully with the thick indulgent onion based sauce and definitely packed a punch that left your tongue tingling.
We share a few rice dishes, which was just right: on the sticky side but not claggy and we mopped up the curry with a delicious Peshwari naan, stuffed with coconut and sultanas. We also added some chips in case anyone wanted a bit of variety or was it just greed.
We chatted as the waiters who were quiet but respectful cleared our messy plates away, and must admit I am not sure if the establishment offers sweets, as we were too full to even enquire. I noticed that they do sell soft drinks or water though.
We couldn't fault any bit of the evening, so, if it's great curry you're after, Abul's Spice's award winning restaurant has the best there is for miles around - and that's official! Just ask weather lady Sian Lloyd.
MARK WILLIAMS THE FACTS THE BILL Poppadums and chutneys: PS5.80 Welsh lamb special: PS12.95 Chicken tikka masala: PS7.95 Butter chicken: PS8.95 Sizzling Corwen: PS11.95 Boiled rice: x 2 PS4.80 Pilau rice: 2.95 Chips: PS2.50 Plain nan: PS2.45 Peshwari naan: PS2.95 Total PS63.25 THE FACTS Atmosphere: Great for mixing with friends Car parking: Off-road parking bays and vast public car park just round the corner, which is free of charge in the evenings Disabled access: Double width entrance doors and disabled toilet Service: Quiet but respectful Overall: Award winning establishment, just ask Sian Lloyd Opening Times: Sunday-Thursday: 5-11pm; Friday-Saturday: 5-11.30pm.
Abul's Spice, The Square, Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0DE. Tel: 01490 413016
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)|
|Article Type:||Restaurant review|
|Date:||Feb 17, 2018|
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