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Reviewing Isham Fine Dining

Isham Fine Dining opened last week on Cheap Street opposite the Charles Tavern pub.

We headed along to the new place to see what it was all about and to see if the management team do live up to their claim of raising the bar when it comes to dining in Newbury.

Just a few days after opening and on a roasting Monday evening, we were the only people in the restaurant until another gentleman arrived an hour or so later.

Being the only couple in the restaurant meant we were able to get more of a personal experience from the staff and hear about setting up in Newbury and what they hope to achieve.

For starters we picked a meat platter for two. It was one of two platters. The other was a vegetarian option. Our meat selection included chicken tikka, lamb tikka, sheek kebab, onion bhaji and a meat samosa.

All of the meat was perfectly cooked and sufficiently moist, while the bhaji featured a mixture of onions and carrots making it absolutely perfect.

Other options for starter include; masala calamari, palak paneer and prawn puri.

The starters were great and were matched by the main courses. I opted for a chicken tikka masala. It isn't the most exciting dish on the menu, but it's one of the basics and they got it spot on.

The chicken was breast rather than thigh, and was cooked in a traditional coconut and almond sauce. The sauce was thick and the chicken was plentiful.

Although I was struggling to finish the masala and I did manage to grab a fork or two of the lamb kofta curry, which is dry rubbed meatballs cooked with onions, garlic and green chillies in a tomato based gravy.

The meatballs were firm but not dry, while the sauce was fresh and was far from being overpowering. Having no cream in the dish made it feel, in a way, healthy.

Other options included; chillied aubergine, aloo paneer biriyani and traditional tandoor dishes.

Our main course was accompanied by three naan breads that could have floated away they were that light. We picked a plain, garlic and Peshwari naan as well as a plain rice.

All of this with a couple of soft drinks and two poppadoms came to £50 so is on par with most other restaurants in Newbury.

Isham is a little gem in the town and we will be definitely returning to sample the wide range of other dishes they have on offer.

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