But Bombay 8, based in Westbrook, seems to be doing just this.
The eatery has a number of accolades to its name, only adding to these each year.
Just last month, Bombay 8 was announced as one of the winners at the English Curry Awards 2023.
And in 2022, it was named Curry Restaurant of the Year in the whole of the north west.
So on Saturday night, we headed over there to see what it was all about.
Although based slightly out the way of the town centre at Gemini, this certainly doesn’t put diners off. The restaurant was packed out.
I have to admit, I am certainly no curry connoisseur and would often opt for Chinese food instead – but I like to spice things up every now and then.
There really is something for everyone on Bombay 8’s menu, you are spoilt for choice.
It goes without saying that we ordered poppadoms (80p each) with a chutney tray (£2.50), but we also went for onion bhajis (£4.24 each) and a Bombay special mix platter (£7.95) – including chicken tikka, a lamb chop, a sheek kebab, and garlic chicken – to go with it.
Although absolutely huge, the onion bhajis were light and crispy. Just one would have been enough, but I am not one to moan about generous portion sizes.
Onto the platter, the chicken was really tender and the flavours were delicious – as was the lamb chop. It is a good option for those like me who are extremely indecisive and want to explore the menu.
Next were the mains.
We went for a king prawn bhuna (£14.95), a classic chicken tikka masala (£12.95), a lamb Rogan Josh (£10.95). Accompanying these were pilau rice (£3.95), mushroom pilau rice (£3.95), and peshwhari naan (£3.95).
The bhuna was described as medium spiced. I found it didn’t really have a kick to it but the sauce was rich in spices and was tasty and there were a generous amount of prawns which tasted fresh and juicy.
You can’t go wrong with a chicken tikka masala and that was certainly the case with this one. The sauce was creamy and not too tomatoey. And the chicken in this was tender and plentiful.
The lamb Rogan Josh was certainly the standout dish here. The sauce was delicious, packed with tomatoes and spices and it had the perfect level of kick to it. The lamb was succulent, making the curry even better.
It is worth noting that the portion sizes are generous – we ended up with leftovers to take home.
And a special shoutout for the peshwari naan which was absolutely delicious.
The service was great and speedy and the staff were attentive despite the restaurant being completely full.
If you’re in the area, Bombay 8 is certainly worth a visit.