This restaurant has ceased trading.
Tucked away in the corner of St. Patrick’s Square, Ann Purna offers a wide range of vegetarian cuisine inspired by the state of Gujarat on India's west coast. Popular mixed veg bhajias and pakora starters mix with Indian street snacks such as kachori – lightly filled, spiced south Indian pastry pillows – and sev poori – brittle baskets of onion and potato with chilli drizzle and noodle bed. Well-rounded Ann Purna baingan brings fleshy aubergine together with creamy almonds, supported by daal (lentil) or aloo (potato) stuffed paratha breads. Sautéed sindhri batata potato crisps with crushed spice garnish add much needed contrast to a spicy sweet and sour jalfreizie sabzie sauce that somewhat overpowers its crispy vegetables. Knowledgeable service describes house specials and other menu options in a well-lit room of warm tones, dark wood furniture and Bollywood’s greatest hits on the stereo. Keep an eye out for a proposed re-branding in 2012 that heralds a shift in emphasis with new meaty offerings supplementing the extensive à la carte menu and buffet lunch deal.
- High point: Agreeable interior and well informed service
- Low point: Disappointing street snack starters
- Delivery: Small charge for orders less than £15 or beyond 2 miles
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Indian and instrumental
- Capacity: 55
- Largest group: 55
- Open since: 1983
- House wine: £9.95 per bottle
- BYOB: Free corkage