We visited a fabulous vegan Indian restaurant this weekend – Bhaji Pala in Cheadle, Stockport.
We booked in advance and when we arrived we were seated straight away. All the staff were welcoming and there was a relaxed atmosphere. There is one toilet which is easily accessible and clean, free wifi is available and there are tables for around 40 – 50 people.
The menu was very easy to navigate around with main allergens noted next to the dishes, and to my delight, most of the dishes were gluten free! It was so nice to be able to look at a menu and see so many options that I could have!
We were spoilt for choice and decided to get a few different dishes and share, we all chose one each. We ordered the Haka-Noodles and Tofu & Mushroom starter, the Chana Massala and Potato & Broccoli Curry and the Veg Fried Rice, Steamed Quinoa and a Rice Roti. We asked for it all to come out at the same time which they were happy to do.
Whilst we waited, we were asked if we would like some poppadom and chutneys. Paul asked if the poppadoms were gluten free and were told ‘yes of course, they are made with lentil flour.’ The chutneys were delicious.
The drinks are clearly labelled vegan and gluten free and we were given a nice copper jug of water with copper beakers to drink from which I thought was a nice touch (it’s the little things that make a big difference).
The food was beautifully presented and so tasty. Each dish had it’s own unique flavour and heat and there was no visible oil in any of the dishes.
Simeon and Paul’s favourite was the chilli mushroom and tofu, Toby’s was the noodles and I loved it all but if I had to choose it would be the Chana Massala.
The staff were regularly checking that we were okay (but not over-doing it like you get in some restaurants) and were ready to top drinks up if needed.
The boys wanted a pudding. Toby had the coconut and rice-flour baklava which was very nice.
Simeon chose the dessert of the day which was spiced chocolate cake. It was a rich chocolate cake with chilli flakes and a mango puree. Simeon enjoyed it although he wasn’t too sure about the chilli flakes, but I love chilli and chocolate together.
We all really enjoyed the experience. It was also reasonably priced. We are looking forward to returning and sampling some of the other menu options as there was so much that we wanted to try.
I was so inspired after our visit – I decided to make an Indian feast for our Sunday meal. I made these Bombay Roast Potatoes which were so moreish! Please click the image if you would like the recipe…
Thank you Bhaji Pala for the inspiration and wonderful welcome and food- we will be back!