Somewhat out of the way from Newcastle’s city centre, reaching Luigikhan’s requires either a taxi or a trek across some of the more neglected areas west of St James.
It is a worthwhile endeavour, however, as Luigikhan’s delivers an excellent dining experience.
My client and myself entered the restaurant via the attached hotel and, on first glance, it appeared devoid of life. Even after two minutes we had yet to see sign of guest or staff and harboured grievous doubts as to whether it was even open. After some dramatic huffing and puffing, we attracted the attention of the waiting staff and were then ushered around the corner into a connected room which proved far more populous.
Decor was smart and stylish, the black-painted walls hung with a selection of oddly picture-less frames, illuminated by atmospheric lanterns. Cushioned benches and thick wooden tables set out the gastronomic arena.
Service was attentive and well-measured throughout. Although English did not appear to be his first language, our waiter was careful to transcribe our order, and made sure to double-check where there was some obfuscation. My drink was refilled with a well-timed observance and when the glass was accidentally nudged causing a minor spillage, the response time to clear up was a swift 2.5 seconds.
Poppadoms were of a pleasing thickness and the slightly longer frying time provided a welcome richness of flavour. The accompanying dips included a few additions to the usual line-up including a curious cherry sauce, a strongly-seasoned salad, and an unexpectedly spicy yoghurt.
Starter was lamb seekh kebab, neatly presented and holding its flavours distinctly and harmoniously. Possibly one of the best I have sampled.
Chicken Punjabi tikka masala followed, most notably the reddest tikka masala I have ever seen, the flavours leaning towards a smokier and creamier constitution than most, and could well have passed as a makhani were it not for the spice. Balance of flavours was again excellent and the portion size was generous.
Peshwari naan was thin yet packed with coconut and sweetness.
The music, which I enjoyed, nevertheless conspired to cause indigestion thanks to its consistent, up-tempo BPM, which for some time made it unclear whether I was eating at a restaurant or competing in a Masterchef final.
To end: finely constructed Indian cuisine featuring a wide range of influences, served in a tasteful and atmospheric setting, furnished with consistently excellent service. Highly recommended.
Bill £42 (not including service). Dined with a client. Would happily return.
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