Cooking in a traditional Bangladeshi way has always been the ethos at the Sanam, on King Street Alfreton. Their philosophy of providing quality food at a fair price has stood the test of time and they are immensely proud of their track record. The Sanam offers a mouth-watering tasty menu. Whilst enjoying our popadoms and pints of Mongoose, we discused lifes intrigues.
For starters we chose Chicken Pakora, marinated in a special blend of spices, and Shashli Kebab and Achari Chicken my personal favourite.
The main courses included Chicken Balti, Karahi Lamb, Amrit Sari (a fish curry) and Aloo Chana (chickpeas and potato). These were accompanied by special fried rice, which has completely moved me away from Pillau as it is so tasty and varied. We happily tucked into it all with relish.
I have to say that many restaurants disappoint in the Naan bread arena but in this area the Sanam shines, with naans freshly made and baked in a traditional charcoal oven using fresh crushed garlic. As they serve your main courses the naans go into the charcoal oven where they take two minutes to cook and arrive piping hot. The peshwari naan is a particular favourite.
As we sat dining, the take-aways were flying out and I have to say these take away portions are very generous which is why they are so popular.
There’s everything on the menu you’d expect, but stray onto the ‘chef’s specials’ section if you fancy something a little more exciting that will really excite your taste buds. The sauces at the Sanam are rich in flavour and there’s plenty of substance to them. All their chefs work to the same recipe which ensures consistency of flavour, we all have our favourites and like them to taste the same every time. We are creatures of habit!
It is true that you get what you pay for where food is concerned and the Sanam has that fine balance of quality food at a very reasonable price.
The Sanam have long held their fine reputation, well, they have been there for 24 years and in that time have built up a very loyal clientele who enjoy quality food.
Our thanks to all the staff at the Sanam for providing such an abundance of delicious food in very friendly surroundings. Call 01773 830690 to book a table. Open every day 6 pm to 12am.