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 Restaurant Review

The Akash

99-101, Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire. PO5 2SG

023 9229 1813

Friday 11th May, 2012

Portsmouth is just bursting with restaurants, serving food from all over the world. You name it, it is there from Japanese to Lebanese, Turkish to Greek, Chinese to Thai. When we feel like curry house, we usually eat at the Golden Curry on Albert Road. However, earlier in the week, Pat had been Facebooked by the manager of The Akash, who is also the owners son, so we decided that we would have a change and visit The Akash.

Parking can be a bit difficult at 7pm on a Friday night, but be patient, check out all the side streets and you will find a slot. The Akash has a very unglamorous frontage and is equally so inside. However, upon entering, (the dining area is split into two rooms), this doesn't seem to bother the local clientelle as it was filling up! We were greeted and directed to a table with a perfectly starched, white cloth, gleaming cutlery and polished, pub-style wine glasses, laid for four. As we sat, reading our menus, two of the place settings were noisily removed.

The menu is standard curry house. We didn't really need to browse it, as we both knew what we were going to order. Yes, we are sad! we order the same dishes every time! But we are in good company - as we know, you do too!

I have noticed, in several Portsmouth restaurants recently, that wine is served with much theatre, even though it has a screw top. We were asked if we would like to try? Glasses were removed from our place settings, poured, and then returned to us. I have yet to meet a corked bottle with a screw top, but I suppose that a fermenation could take place, so I am not complaining. While we eagerly ate our three warm and crispy Plain Popadoms, (priced at a very reasonable 45p each), with ordinary but fresh chutneys, (40p each pot), a table of four, were requesting their third refill of Onion Salad and Mango Chutney. The waiter was very polite and without grumbling, swiftly returned with new supplies. We decided to share a portion of Onion Bhajia, £1.70, mainly because, we tend to eat every last crumb of our starters and then we don't finish our mains. I can report that it was a good sized portion of two lightly fried rounds, and made for a perfect introduction to our meal. Pat even ate some salad! When our plates were cleared away, our waiter returned with clean cutlery and literally threw them at us. This was not done maliciously, he was just, 'going through the motions,' as you say, but surprised us, as we had never met this before, but then we usually do not eat out on a busy Friday night!

 

Chicken Dhansak, Pullao Rice and Saag Aloo

For mains, I chose my bench-mark, Chicken Dhansak £5.95 with Pullao Rice £1.70, which was slightly over cooked for my taste, however, I do like very al dente rice. Pat chose, Lamb Phal £6.95. He also wanted a Tarka Dal £2.20, as he tells me time and time again, that a meal isn't complete without lentils, but I think it is because of all the crispy garlic slivers on top! I did point out that since I had ordered a Dhansak, he could have a spoonful or two of my sauce, but it didn't wash! We shared a generous portion of Saag Aloo £2.20 and a Stuffed Paratha £2.20, enough for two. Spinach is one of Pat's favourite leafy green vegetables, however, it is not one of mine, so I ate the potatoes and he ate the spinach.

       

Our plates! Mine is on the left and Pat's the right - and as you can see, he did sneak a spoonful of my Dhansak sauce and one of my potatoes!

By the time we left, the second dining room was nearly full and tables in our own room had been been turned around twice. Prices are very reasonable, but they would be, as Albert Road is very competitive. Children welcome. Hours: 5.30 to 1.30, Friday and Saturday to 2.30.

 

The Akash

99-101, Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire. PO5 2SG

023 9229 1813

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