7:00 p.m. March 24, 2022
A friend was coming home for the first time in months and a catch-up was way overdue. But where to go in Great Yarmouth that caters to a vegan, a guy with a big appetite for all things spicy, and me, who wanted vegetables and tender cooked fish?
We found what we were looking for in the heart of Great Yarmouth’s King Street. The Jaipur Restaurant offers classic dishes from India, Bangladesh and the Middle East. The place has a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor and is tucked away in plain sight amongst the convenience stores, pubs and restaurants of the city centre.
We started with three pints of Kingfisher (£4.90 each) and nibbled on poppadoms (70p each) with classic mango chutney, yoghurt and a spicy onion and tomato condiment.
I ordered a vegetable samosa to start (£3.70) while my friends each had an onion bhaji (£3.70). We chatted and chewed as we perused the menu feeling spoiled for choice.
The samosa was crispy and soft in the middle.
For main, my friend James ordered the balti lamb (£8.20) with plain boiled rice (£2.70) and peshwari naan bread (£3.20), while my vegan friend John is went with the vegetable korai (£6.90), rice pilaf (£2.90) and a Peshwari as well.
I went with the medium spicy fish masala (£9.20) from the ‘specials’ menu.
My masala was served on a cabbage leaf and had succulent chunks of white fish in a tangy tomato paste. It tasted authentically Goan and was generous in its tamarind offerings providing flavor that flowed through the rich sauce.
The rice pilaf was warming and well formed – always nice as a palate cleanser – and the peshwari was soft and bursting with coconut. The bread was doughy in the middle with a nice crunch on its edges.
John said his korai had “tons of flavor” and rivaled similar dishes from Manchester’s Curry Mile.
While John and I chatted, James remained silent throughout his main course. He mixed the balti lamb with the rice and had a plate full of a very colorful batter. Between sips of Kingfisher, he poured more and more curry into his mouth and chewed slowly. He was transfixed by his meal.
James looked up and said, “I think I died and went to balti heaven.”
Inside there is a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere with enough seating for around 45 diners. Quiet Indian music was playing from a loudspeaker.
The restaurant is on the ground floor with a small step to enter. However, the toilets are upstairs.
The toilets are spacious and have recently been repainted.
The bill came to just over £83 and for a two course meal for three, plus six pints, it was well worth that and more.
The Jaipur restaurant had other lagers on tap and a small bar offering wines, spirits and mixers as well as soft drinks.
Our waitress, Eva, was attentive, friendly, and non-intrusive.
Jaipur Restaurant is not the only choice for people looking for a good Indian meal on King Street. However, it was my first experience and I would rank it among the best places I have been to eat in Great Yarmouth. I will be back and will have the balti!
If you like it, try these…
Bombay Nite, also on King Street, is a much larger Indian restaurant known for its friendly service and quick takeaways.
Planet Papadum on Marine Parade offers tasty Indian cuisine, a varied menu and smiling service while overlooking the Great Yarmouth seafront.
Planet Spice, Ormesby offers a quiet meal in a small village. It is renowned for its helpful and efficient staff and friendly manager.
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