Echt Tandoori is an exotic jewel in the culinary crown of Deeside and Donside, with hungry guests flocking from near and far.
The Tandoori restaurant has been open for five years now and is the second restaurant run by proprietor Jeffrey Rahman in the North-east.
Located next to the Echt Primary School, this house of traditional Indian dining has distinguished itself on multiple occasions already, taking industry awards for high standards.
Upon arriving we were greeted by exceptionally polite and warm staff, who were happy and knowledgeable in discussing the menu, highlighting a mild choice, or gently encouraging an attempt at something spicy.
While we waited for our first course, a mixed platter starter sharer, our waiter brought a selection of homemade sauces to accompany popadoms.
Although an appetiser, meant to just excite and awaken the palate, the crisp spiced onions and the sweet mango chutney proved to be an exotic taste infusion.
The mixed platter arrived and my companion and I shared a wide eyed acknowledgment that we had a very delicious task ahead of us.
The tender meats and succulent king prawn, mixed with onions, vegetables and a variety of spice was delicious and without caution, one could easily be full too early.
Jeffrey, who used to run Light of Bengal in Aberdeen, said: “Nothing is ever pre-prepared, we make everything from scratch.”
The restaurant’s layout lends itself to occasion and intimacy in equal measure, with banquet tables for large parties and private booths for a secluded evening.
I decided to try the Shalimar Lamb, a sweet lightly spiced dish cooked with mixed fruits and special spices, giving a taste that is a delight to sample.
My companion went for a lamb dish too, she said: “I wasn’t disappointed! I had the Darziling Korai Lamb, which is new dish on the menu. It tasted far fresher than the average curry and was quite simply delicious.
“It was so hard to choose from the extensive menu and everything sounded fantastic - I’ll definitely be going back.”
Overall, taste obscures objectivity and this reviewer must award top marks.