Friendly, neighbourhood Indian restaurant with a strong Bengali influence, offering a refined take on traditional dishes.
Sometimes nothing can beat a good old-fashioned curry, with its blend of subtle spices and good quality meat and fish. While Pataka is not going to win any cutting-edge prizes, it does offer just that kind of decent-quality Indian and Bengali cuisine to Southside diners. Kebabs feature heavily on the starter menu and you won’t go wrong with the succulent lamb option, accompanied by a sweet mint sauce, or vegetable pakora that dishes up a hint of heat brought out by the traditional spicy tomato sauce. Tandoori chicken, lamb and prawns are popular mains but go off the beaten track with the tak begooni maki, a generous portion of pan-fried salmon in thick tomato and aubergine sauce. There’s plenty for vegetarians, too, including a decent saag paneer or a side of very good garlic-infused tarka dhal with coriander garnish. Pataka has been a neighbourhood favourite for nigh on 30 years and enjoys an incredibly loyal local fan base, so booking is recommended.
- High point: Consistent neighbourhood eatery
- Low point: Feels a wee bit sleepy
- Notable dish: Royal Murgh
- Delivery: Free within two mile radius on orders over £12
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Contemporary Indian music
- Capacity: 56
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 1991
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £13.50 per bottle