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Running high quality restaurants serving excellent Bangladeshi cuisine runs in the family at Baranda. While this restaurant has been open for over two years, the tricks of the trade were learnt in another local establishment run by the owner's father since the 1970s.
Baranda is spacious and atmospheric (and quite large with just over 100 covers). Indian music and paintings add to the ambience and the waiters' smart uniforms and crisp white linen make you feel you are in for a treat.
The menu is interesting, compared to the standard fare in many Indian restaurants. Everything we chose was delicately flavoured and very moreish. I haven't stopped telling friends about it since. To start I had lamb tikka (£3.95), while my guest had jhinga garlic (skewered king prawns grilled in the tandoori).
For mains I chose king prawn rezala (£9.25) cooked in yoghurt and tomatoes, the sauce was delicious. My guest had chicken makhani, a creamy sauce with almond which sent her up to seventh heaven. Desserts are traditional Indian ice creams, and the coffee we finished with was perfect. The restaurant has live music on Fridays. Why not really let your hair down at one of the popular tribute nights to Abba and the Beatles?
Booking is recommended at weekends, but if you can't bear to venture out, Baranda's very special cuisine is available to be enjoyed at home. There is a 10 per cent discount on collections, or you can take advantage of the home delivery service (within a three mile radius on orders over £15).