It’s been the best part of two years since I’ve sat down in King Karai to enjoy a curry, and it’s fair to say it’s not changed a bit.
Walking in was like entering a friend’s place you haven’t been to for a while, or coming home to your parents house and finding that yes, the food really is still as good as your remembered.
Karai has a nice ambience to it, with booths running down booth sides giving you some privacy while dining.
My wife and I were joined by a friend and proceeded to discover that since we moved to London the portion sizes we’ve been getting down South are ridiculously stingy.
A mixed platter to share between us was monstrous but delicious, while the popadums are always flowing as freely as the Kingfisher.
I went for a King Karai for my main, the signature dish. It’s a tasty fusion of almonds and chicken but with a bit of a kick.
The wife went for her usual, a vegetarian thali which filled her to the brim but the flavours are fantastic.
A lamb Parai was my friend’s choice and he underestimated the heat he would feel from it, ending the meal in a sweat and our garlic naan also untouched due to the copious amounts of rice we consumed.
Some curry houses pile on the food to compensate for a lack of flavour and/or originality, not so at King Karai. Despite being a bit out of the way and not looking anything special from the outside it’s worth heading down to Ashton and checking out the King of Preston’s curry houses.
Value for money 4/5
Need to book? We visited on a Saturday night and there were still a fair few tables free, but if you want to bag a booth it’s worth ringing in advance.
Phone/email/website/address: 01772 736 838, www.kingkarai.co.uk, 28-30 Watery Lane, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, UK PR2 2NN
Former editor Joseph Stashko visited in June 2010 and was impressed
Our guide to eating out in the city with our Preston Guide