RK Radhe Krishna Sweets & Savouries are a well established business having been in Preston for over 25 years. Their new eat-in restaurant was opened last May by Edwin Booth from Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Ishwer Tailor, Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.
The Indian vegan friendly fast-food, sit-in, take-out establishment on Plungington Road has become one of the best places to eat for those in the know. I try to visit a least once a month to discover new interesting dishes.
The shop offers hot or cold take out or the option to eat in and choose from a great value buffet service menu. Under the glass fronted counter can be found tray after tray of freshly prepared vegetarian savoury dishes. Or you can choose from out of the fridge.
Although it’s popular for the fancy and colourful Indian sweets (the shop is called ‘RK Sweets’ after all) I always go for the savoury curry dishes at the counter or in the chiller.
Anyone new to Surti Indian Cuisine may need to do a little homework first. The menu is huge but a lot of the names are unusual. Dish names don’t readily describe the ingredients. Rasawala Moong anyone? Or have you tried Gujarati Kadhi? After a good look at the curry in its tray you can normally work out contents, but not the heat. Always best to ask first.
Some names are familiar though. I tried their Chilli Paneer. Classic Indian cheese with a rich thick flavoursome sauce. Hot, very hot. The little soft cheese squares melted in the mouth. The Mutter Paneer was similar but not as hot. Peas and cheese in a tasty spiced gravy. Great with a chapati on the side. A very popular Indian dish and this is one of the best I have ever had.
The Panjabi Mix Vegetable was chunky and aromatic. A great mix of fresh aubergine, peppers and potato in a creamy spicy sauce. An excellent side dish but can be filling. Similar was Rigan Bateta again with well sized pieces of aubergine and potato with a delicious tangy but different coating. The Rigan gets a 5 out of 5 from me.
Bhindi Masala tasted wonderful. Delightful and quite nicely spiced, not overpowering.
Fig Chutney in a vibrant (very vibrant) red sauce was a killer. I love figs but this was flaming hot, only to be used in moderation (as I found out the hard way). Great to drizzle over other less spicy dishes.
I can confirm their Massal Dosa, Surti Undhiyu and Samosa Chaat are all equally well cooked and mouth watering.
I did try a dish called Khamni which was rich and had a thick, yellow consistency. It was absolutely fantastic but I couldn’t work out the ingredients (lentils or dal probably) Unfortunately I haven’t seen it on sale recently otherwise I’d have it every night.
The many extras on offer include Masala or Chilli Chips, Pakora, Rolls, Bhaji, Puri and all kinds of breads. The Chilli Bhaji are outstanding.
The excellent menu is huge with a range of high quality vegan food and often updated.The good sized take out dishes normally range from £2 to £3 with rice and chutney £1.20 to £1.50.
Every dish I tried was tasty and very pleasing. I am not an expert on this style of cuisine but I know what I like, and I liked everything. Authentic Indian food, thoroughly recommend.
I love this place but it does get very busy. Usually packed with queues to the door. I can see the owners either expanding or opening another outlet soon. In fact I’m going to pop down there now!
Service is very friendly and pretty quick. Good value too.
Opening times: 9am to 9pm, 7 days a week
RK Sweets Ltd
75-77 Plungington Road
Value for money 5/5
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