Despite living only a stone’s throw from Voujon’s Indian restaurant in Headingley, I had only eaten there once pre-lockdown.
I’d enjoyed the meal, but like with so many things, life had intervened, and so I hadn’t been again. When the weather took a turn for the worse this weekend, and all I wanted to do was snuggle up on the sofa with a good book and a comforting meal, I suddenly craved a curry. My thoughts went back to the meal from Voujon’s, so I had a look online and thankfully, they are still offering its full takeaway menu.
I took my time over the extensive menu in order to decide on my order. The first thing I opted for was a garlic naan, because I think that a curry meal is never complete without one. I also think that a naan bread can tell you a lot about the quality of food from an Indian restaurant.
I next chose some pilau rice, which again I think is an essential part of any Indian dinner. The rice was well cooked, as you’d probably expect in an Asian restaurant, and was nicely seasoned. I was also pleased to see that it was a large portion because I find it annoying when you are halfway through a curry and run out of rice.
Choosing the main dish was harder. There were lots of ‘old favourites’ like korma, vindaloo and Madras on Voujon’s menu. I have always loved a korma because it takes me back to my childhood when I would enjoy a korma on the sofa at the weekends with my family, butI wanted to try something a bit different this time, especially because life feels so very samey at the moment. So, I opted for one of the chef’s specials, the ‘Akbari Murgi Massala’, a creamy chicken dish with tandoori spices.
The curry was delicious, the meat was moist and seasoned well, and there was just enough sauce to dip into with my naan bread. The portion of curry was generous and certainly ensured that I wasn’t left hungry.
The whole meal cost £16, which in my opinion was good value for money considering the quality of the food and the size of the portions. Ordering was easy and the food was ready quickly – just what you want when you suddenly fancy a good meal!
I am looking forward to going back to Voujon when lockdown finally ends, and I would recommend others also visit, too. But until then, I am already excited for my next Indian takeaway from this hidden gem in the heart of Headingley.
Photographs by Gemma Bridge.