Having opened a couple of weeks ago, we were delighted to be invited along to Blanc NRI to experience this new Stone restaurant.
A six-figure transformation of the former Bengal Lodge by its new owner Husban Ahmed is stunning both inside and out.
Blanc NRI isn’t another run of the mill westernised Indian restaurant. Instead their Indian chef has created a menu full of fine dining dishes with a contemporary Indian influence.
The interior of the restaurant is plush and elegant with soft lighting and black & silver colour scheme. There’s a waiting area opposite the restaurant’s bar where you can enjoy a drink and browse the menu before being seated.
The main restaurant is divided in two by a wooden screen wall, one half set up with booth style tables and the other side with a flexible arrangement of tables that can suit a romantic meal for 2 or a celebration for dozens of people!
You won’t find a lamb bhuna or beef madras, instead the menu has been carefully developed to bring exquistively crafted dishes that both look and taste amazing.
As the restaurant has developed over the past two weeks, so has the menu. Billed as “Act Two” the current menu has something for everyone and with the excellent and attentive front of house team you’ll feel as special as the food that they serve.
Here’s the menu that was available at the time of our visit:
We started with the Kali Mirch Tikka and Raunaq-E-Seekh, both of which were beautifully prepared and presented.
We then followed up with a trio of mains, the Railway Lamb Curry, Lobster Moilee and Jhinga Hara Pyaz Kalimirch. All dishes were very well developed but the highlight for us was the lobster. The coconut based sauce and molgapodi mash were both so delicate and balanced that they sat perfectly with the lobster meat, a must order in our opinion!
Blanc NRI is a destination restaurant, it’s just outside of Stone on the A34, but it’s a destination you should have on your todo list!
As Craig Revel Horwood would say, Blanc NRI is A-Mazing, and we can’t wait to return!
Head on over to the Blanc NRI website for more information