I really must get back to Lytham for dinner, given the blog is now live, but for now I find myself in South Liverpool again and with a weekend in Manchester coming up, the next few entries may appeal to sale shoppers or day trippers from the beautiful Fylde Coast.
As mentioned previously, I am fairly often in Liverpool and tonight headed to the reliable Holdi in Woolton Village for a New Year curry fix. The restaurant is tucked away down an alley in Woolton Village centre, but that hasn’t stopped it building a firm reputation and a loyal band of regulars since it opened almost 6 years ago.
This was our third visit, which for me usually means I’ve found that one dish I will go back and back for, changing only the starters sides and bread to mix things up. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and family run by a friendly bunch that I believe originate from sunny Lancashire. I like them already.
So on a wet miserable January evening we settled into one of their comfortable booths and ordered drinks and a couple of poppadoms to peruse the menu. I went for the lamb chops to start, a new dish for me, followed by my regular chicken tikka with keema. I ordered this Madras hot with extra spinach, as per my last visit. Junior opted for the Paneer Tikka to start followed by Chicken Tikka with a Korma Sauce on the side for main.
When the starters arrived I had 3 decent sized chops to start. These were fresh with heavy garam masala flavouring and just enough meat for a starter portion. I would have these again in a flash. Junior professed his Paneer Tikka as “lush” however comparing it as the Indian version of Halloumi is not cool son. Keep up.
Next up main course, and by now the restaurant was nicely filling up. The sign of a good restaurant for me is when small issues are just dealt with. A bit of humour and an extra pillowy nan bread and my dish was replaced. Now that’s great service. My main was every bit as good as the last visit. Juicy chicken nestled amongst a generous amount of lamb mince in a deep tomato sauce. The spice, evident, but not over powering.
The Chicken Tikka was better than last time apparently, and the Korma sauce at Holdi is not over sweet but just enough so that the dip of the peshwari naan is deeply satisfying. We had a side of Saag Aloo, Pilau Rice and an assortment of peshwari naan and keema naan thanks to the front of house manager.
The saag aloo was particularly good, and the tandoori chef here really knows his stuff, as every naan is warm, fluffy and light. Not like their doughy cousins you sometimes receive in a silver bag from the local take away.
This is good food, served in a nice space with a friendly team. If there is a better Indian in the Liverpool suburbs, I’ve yet to find it.
15/20 Highly recommended.