Prashad is a two-star AA and Michelin Bib Gourmand vegetarian Indian Restaurant in West Yorkshire. The stone building it occupies is set over two floors. The ground floor is cosy and intimate with low ceilings, grand velvet-studded furniture and carved Indian doors.
Walk in and you’ll be hugged by the warming, roasted smells of herbs and spices of their very own special Garam Masala mix. But the exceptional Gujarati and North Indian vegetarian food served here has a local and seasonal focus, too. The tasting menu allows you to discover it all: new flavours, new dishes and new favourites.
When the first course arrived, we were blown away! Sanku is an open cone-shaped samosa filled with seasonal vegetables infused with mango and ginger. It was so tasty we had eaten it before capturing the picture. Next up was the Lassan Paneer Tikka, flavourful and delicately spiced tandoored paneer infused with ginger, garlic and lime. The crowning glory was the Massala Dosa. It’s a long, thin rice-flour tube filled with a lightly spiced potato and onion mix, accompanied by lentil soup and coconut chutney. The paper-thin crispy casing cracks to the touch, revealing the fragrant curry. The idea is you spoon the soup over it and dip the whole lot in the chutney – utter bliss.
The next main course was Mattar Paneer, the ultimate vegetarian dish. It comprised cubed and fried paneer chunks sautéed with peas, green chillies and a host of spices, tomatoes and ginger garlic paste, topped with perfectly cooked rice. On the side were two mini naans: fluffy and necessary to soak up the last traces of curry sauce.
Finishing on a sweet note, the dessert was a Gujlawa – baked filo layers layered with crushed pistachios, almonds and walnuts, served with a raisin and nutmeg ice-cream. Served hot and cold, the combination is divine, comforting and easy to eat.
What you’ll find here is a proud family-run business offering a modern take on traditional dishes. But it still stays true to original flavours and flair. It thoroughly deserves its two AA stars, its Michelin Bib Gourmand and now this recommendation from Great Food Club.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor