Paddy’s Marten Inn
A Leicester institution for over 20 years, Paddy’s is the kind of restaurant that makes the city so famous for Indian food. Set in an unpretentious old pub building up a side street, its success is based on recipes passed down through generations of the Mashru family. They’ve even had the likes of Jamie Oliver beating a path to their door to find out their secrets for his Jamie’s Great Britain programme.
With over 170 dishes on the menu there is a huge choice, from sizzling lamb chops to a wide variety of dhaba-style vegetarian dishes. Look out for vibrantly spiced fish fillets too – the kathiawadi masala fish from Gujarat is a personal favourite.
Influences come from all over India as well as East Africa and China. Paddy’s draws in people from all over the city and from all of Leicester’s diverse communities to experience both the exceptional food and the buzz. Sitting among pictures of old Bollywood stars, diners are served with enthusiasm and efficiency – it gets pretty lively but service levels never seem to waver.
Bold flavours, generous portions, terrific atmosphere and great value – it’s no wonder the place continues to thrive.
By Tim Burke, Leicestershire editor