'Spoilt for choice': What we thought of the award winning South Shields restaurant Delhi 6

We took a trip to South Shields’ first Indian street food venue, Delhi 6, just days after it was crowned the 'Best New Restaurant' in England at the English Curry Awards 2019.

Saturday, 31st August 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th September 2019, 3:53 pm
The chicken tikka masala and chicken tikka mains.

When it comes to curry houses in South Shields you’re spoilt for choice, so when new Ocean Road restaurant Dehli 6 scooped national honours for its excellence, the Gazette decided to give it a try to see what makes it stand out from the rest.

And since then it has picked up two impressive honours. It brought the English Curry Award title to South Shields after going up against some of the best Indian restaurants in the country at the English Curry Awards in Birmingham in August.

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Dehli 6 Indian Restaurant owner Lalon Amin wins the best new restaurant at the English Curry Awards

The restaurant also took home the regional Tyne and Wear award for 'Best Restaurant' earlier this year.

And its increasing popularity is certainly hard to deny, with groups of hungry customers queuing for a table when we arrived on an otherwise quiet Wednesday night.

We got there around 7pm, but without a booking we were asked to wait at the bar by the team of friendly staff.

But the wait gave us plenty of time time study the menu. And what a menu.

The chicken chaat starter.

Curry fans set to pay a visit will be impressed by the sheer volume of different dishes on offer, ranging from traditional dishes to street food classics such as Pani Puri and Bhel Puri.

Although all dishes were reasonably priced, we decided to go with the great value three course menu for just £9.95 each, which featured popular favourites such as Chicken Jalfrezi and Lamb Rogan.

As a group we shared all of our dishes to make sure we got a chance to try as much as possible – a great option if you want to give some new dishes a go.

For starters we had Begun fries – made up of aubergines in crispy batter – and malai tikka which is chicken marinated with garlic, ginger and cream cheese.

Inside the award winning Dehli 6 Indian Restaurant on Ocean Road, South Shields.

Both were great, but our third starter to share, the chicken chaat, was by far the best.

Made up of chicken pieces cooked in a tangy bhuna sauce with cucumbers and peppers and served with puree, it certainly packed a punch.

For the main courses we chose chicken tikka from the grill, which literally came out sizzling and was as fresh and tasty as it looked.

We also had the popular chicken tikka masala dish and chicken patia, a sour and fairly hot dish, garnished with lemon and coriander.

The chicken patia and garlic naan.

For sides we chose vegetable pilau rice, garlic naan bread and chips.

Then to finish we had delicious Indian coffee with cream.

Although we had a bit of a wait for the meals to come, this was made up for the fact that all of the dishes were presented nicely and tasted great.

The staff were also really pleasant and even gave us a free drink to apologise for the wait, which was a nice gesture.

Overall the variety of dishes, the welcoming staff and the good value made it a really nice experience.

It’s easy to see why it won an award and I’ll definitely be going back.

The Begun fries starter.

Service: 4/5

Value: 5/5

Food: 5/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Inside Dehli 6 Indian Restaurant.
Chicken tikka masala.