3 Singhs (Bradford)
This week’s review took the Sabji Hunter to another northern city – Bradford. The city has long been famous for its curry houses, and Kashmiri/Pakistani cuisines have been dominating the market in the city. One thing those restaurants haven’t quite nailed, as of yet, is some lovely Panjabi vegetarian dishes. So we’ve decided to pay a visit to one of the handful West Panjabi restaurants in the City – 3 Singhs.
3 Singhs is perfectly located on the ring road (Sticker Lane) in Bradford. This is less than 10 minutes away from the M606 and about 10 minutes away from Valley Parade the home of the Bantams. The restaurant has been converted from an old pub and has its own car park which is more than adequate.
Appearance & Entry:
As mentioned above the 3 Singhs has been converted from a pub, but retained much of the pubs features including the bar. The seated waiting area is the first thing that greets you as you enter. We had booked our table in advance (which is advisable on a weekend as it was heaving), and were taken to our table immediately. The restaurant has had a refurb over the last few years and has opted for booth style seating. The decor is a warm and inviting style, and there are many fish tanks placed around the restaurant. The staff are helpful and courteous throughout our visit, they regularly check up to see if everything is ok. The tables and cutlery are clean. Please note the venue caters for both veg and non veg diets.
Draught and bottled alcohol is available at this venue (I’m not sure if they stock any 0% alcohol). There are all the usual soft drinks available.
Paneer Tikka: The paneer comes marinated in yogurt sauce with tomato, peppers and onions, and served on a sizzler. The size of the sizzler is ideal for 2 people sharing. The texture and spices are spot on for this dish.
Mains: For mains we had saag paneer and tarkha daal. The portions are ideal for 2-3 people. Starting with the tarkha daal – I wasn’t too impressed with this it was an average dish to be fair, but there was no real wow factor, even the spice seemed bland.
I was in paneer heaven with the saag paneer. This was my favourite dish here. There was enough paneer in there and the dish had that wow factor with the taste and texture. They got this dish spot on I feel.
The location is very good and very easily accessible. It was very busy when we attended yet we were served and back out within just over an hour – which was very good considering how busy it was. It is a very family friendly venue and there were several small parties celebrations going on. The staff were really good too and were helpful.
What I would like to suggest is that they perhaps need to expand the vegetarian selection and look at examples in the midlands where restaurants are being more creative and making use of soya and seitan to introduce new dishes which I’m sure would go down very well with ever growing vegetarian/vegan market.
For the above reasons we give it an 8.1 – definitely wort a visit if up these neck of the woods.