It was a rainy and windy August Bank Holiday Monday – by rain, I meant torrential rain and it poured virtually non stop all day. We had spent the day in Shanklin braving the elements – we did come across a few other hardy souls too who ventured into the same pubs and cafés as us. Didn’t want a spot of rain to ruin our Bank Holiday! Shanklin Chine was closed for the whole day on what could have been one of the busiest days of the year.
That evening, we didn’t want to venture too far from the hotel for dinner in case it started to rain again. The town was pretty quiet and we stumbled across Jasmine, a curry house in Regent Street. After such a cold and wet day, a warming curry was just what we needed. The weather did seem to play a part on the number of diners eating in – there were a few tables but they seemed to be doing a roaring takeaway trade.
The menu featured the usual suspects that we all love from a British curry house. This is not a place that claims to offer authentic Indian food (like Maya Masala, one of the places I have written about previously) or a modern twist on Indian classics. We ordered a couple of beers and poppadoms to start and then a lamb balti, a prawn biryani and a side order of saag paneer to follow.
The portion sizes were not as generous as some other curry houses we’ve been to – as you can see from my picture, the naan bread which came with the balti was on the small side when compared to the large pillowy naans you come to expect. However, the food was very pleasant and nicely spiced and we cleared our plates – not a bad curry at all! The biryani came with an accompanying side salad and also featured a tomato carved into the shape of a rose. I thought serving the salad on the side was a nice touch as I have had many biryanis where the salad is added to the top of the hot rice so the salad wilts.
We didn’t stay for dessert as we were worried about the rain starting again. Luckily, it didn’t rain too heavily and we managed to return to the hotel without getting too wet.
Jasmine Indian Cuisine
7 Regent Street
Isle of Wight. PO37 7AF
Tel: +44 (0)1983 863729
Opening hours: 17.30 – 00.00 midnight
Typical cost per person excluding drinks: Up to £15 for 2 courses