South Indian food has well and truly hit Sheffield. East & West and Dhanista’s were the first on the scene, with Urban Choola and Maveli opening their doors within the last couple of months. If you haven’t tried this style of food before, it’s completely different to the British style curries that we’ve been used to. Don’t be scared by the menu though. Just pick a few things, go for it and keep an open mind.
As is the way in Sheffield, most of the more ‘interesting’ food establishments are located on London Road and Abbeydale Road, but Maveli has set up shop on Glossop Road (town end – next to Hui Wei and in the old Tamarind venue). And as I live in town this pleases me very much!
After a few beers we headed over to Maveli for about 8.30 on a Friday night. It was busy and we had a short wait before being seated, which didn’t bother me as we hadn’t booked and a busy restaurant is always a good sign. There were quite a few Indian customers in too, which was an even better sign.
For starters we decided to share 3 dishes on the basis that Gav was ‘starving’ and I was eager to try as many things as I could. I picked Sundal which was described as a ‘warm salad made up of cooked mixed pulses and lentils and grated coconut’ (£2.50). This was a healthy and filling starter with a good level of spice.
Gav chose Cauliflower Varuval, or ‘florets of cauliflower marinated and fried in a light batter’ (£3.50) which was fresh and well cooked cauliflower florets (with bite and free of grease) with a couple of dips.