Lime – Indian – Nottingham (Nuthall)
Lime was my 12th Indian restaurant review in Nottingham…see how others compare:
Lime has been on my radar for some time, it once had a lofy ranking on Tripadvisor and when I heard they offered 2 for 1 on main courses on a Tuesday I was sold. It’s location in Nuthall can be an annoying drive through most of the city from my central location but being just off the A6002 renders it fairly accessible. Until recently they didn’t serve alcohol and you can still BYOB, a Spar shop is handily located next door for these purposes. It is smart inside, though the large waiting area is probably its nicest space. The rest of it feels like they haven’t really made the effort other than the essentials.
Regular readers will know that my Indian restaurant starter of choice is a mixed grilled. I asked for this without really looking but apparently they don’t do one and pointed me in the direction of the mixed platter instead. For a reasonable £10.95 you get 2 pieces of chicken tikka, an onion bhaji and a seekh kebab. The second tikka was a substitution from masala fish. On its arrival I was immediately disappointed that it wasn’t sizzling on a bed of onions, instead arranged artfully on a slate. Nothing stood out, a solid bhaji if a little flat was nice, the tikka well marinated and my seekh a little dry. We ordered some side sauces to provide a little excitement that it was lacking.
The main course selection had many of the well know curries but my eye was drawn to something new. I ordered an “Esto” which I have tried to find information about via Google since and come up short. Either it is particularly traditional and unknown…. or they have made it up. Maybe those more learned than I on Indian cuisine can tell me. I thought it was weird. My friend who is a Lime regular(ish) agreed. It was labelled toward the hotter end of the spectrum but lacked much spice and if anything was a little sweet. It wasn’t terrible and the chicken in it was excellent, some of the moistest I’ve had in a curry.
The service left a little to be desired. As well as some odd waiter chat they really rushed us through our meal. We were eating early and it was very likely that they were turning the table but barely any gap between courses did detract from the meal a little. Even without the 2-4-1 offer I would be saying it was quite good value with my main course costing £8.50 so it scores well there. In that it does provide something different, cheaper than the city centre options but more polished than the likes of Desi. I could be convinced on a Tuesday again.
Restaurant website: http://www.lime-restaurant.co.uk/#