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FIVE RIVERS, Walsall EATING OUT.

IF chef Rashpal Sunner was good enough for Bill Clinton, he was certainly good enough to cook at my wedding.

After a quick tasting session at the Five Rivers headquarters in Walsall, my hubby Pete and I agreed the grub was top class.

And so did our wedding guests who, years after the bash, still compliment the food.

So when I heard that the firm was opening a restaurant at the same site, I had to pay a visit with the hubby for old times' sake.

The new build oozes sophistication with bare brick walls and an impressive bar area, where the barman creates refreshing cocktails.

And the food is just as outstanding as it was when I first tasted it six years ago.

For starters I went for the Manchurian (pounds 4.50) - one of the dishes Rashpal cooked at the G8 Summit for Clinton.

The dish is made up of tasty vegetable balls in a Chinese/Indian style sauce. The two flavours worked together really well.

Pete went for the Tandoori Jhinga (pounds 6.95), jumbo prawns, served with a mint dressing. The two prawns were well spiced, although small for the portion.

For our mains, we went for the Lamb Rogan Josh (pounds 8.50), a side of Daal Bukhara (pounds 4.75) - both were wedding favourites - and the Lasani Chilli Chicken (pounds 8.50). Each curry was spiced perfectly, with the right amount of chilli. The meat was tender and succulent, and there wasn't an ounce of fat. Portions were spot on, too. We mopped them all up with lovely crispy naans (pounds 2).

We rounded off our perfect curry with the chocolate-based Baileys Bombe (pounds 4) and cheesecake Tropical Romance (pounds 3.75). Both were equally as delicious. It was great value for money and to top it all off, in a very classy setting. The bill, including a bottle of wine, came to pounds 60.

ANUJI VARMA Five Rivers, Vicarage Place, Walsall, WS1 3NA DID YOU KNOW? The Encyclopedia Britannica was banned in Texas because it contained a recipe for making beer at home.

A person can be sent to jail for five years for merely sending a bottle of beer, wine or spirits as a gift to a friend in Kentucky.

Ohio state law prohibits getting a fish drunk, and in Fairbanks, Alaska, it's illegal to feed a moose any alcohol.
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Date:Apr 22, 2012
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