Sholay Indian Kitchen: Casual Indian dining

Cargo in Wapping Wharf is quickly becoming my go to area for food, particularly for an impromptu weeknight treat! One of the most recent additions to pop up in Cargo 2 is the intriguing Sholay Indian Kitchen. A new venture from owners of the award-winning The Mint Room, Sholay provides a modern, casual Indian dining concept.

not your usual Indian menu

The fun and colourful decor takes inspiration from the Bollywood film of the same name, with quotes and scenes depicted across the wall (I admit it, I had to google it…) Their concise menu is not the curry based affair you may be used to when heading out for an Indian. Taking flavour inspiration from across different areas of India, their colourful small and large plates bring the brightness of Bollywood, so each dish is appealing to both the eyes and tastebuds.

With the menu being somewhat of a mystery, we went with their advice on quantities and shared two large plates, two small plates and couple of sides between the two of us. This was plenty! Our first and agreed favourite dish of the evening was the spinach & Garlic Bhaji – perfectly crisp with one of the most beautiful looking and tasting dips!

Definitely order the bhajis
PRETTY! (sorry for the shadow – I could not seem to move out of shot!)

Another top dish was the Hara Murgh (succulent green herb chicken). The wonderfully bright and pink sauce? Beetroot mayonnaise! I am now officially addicted and feel this should be added to all meals!

The Kathi roll was interesting in flavour (however I have now realised I am personally not a fan of chicken that does not look like chicken…)

We also piled elements of the Tawa lamb kebab on Indian breads and smothered on more of the beetroot mayo (honestly, I do want to add it onto everything) and had to order the Dum Aloo as I cannot resist anything potato based.

I am now obsessed with beetroot mayonnaise
Colourful flavours
Sharing all the food!

I was trying to be good, as it was a Monday; however, I definitely need to go back to try one of their house cocktails, such as the Sholay mojito!

“The Wapping Wharf quarter is Bristol’s latest hub of retail outlets, restaurants and residential units and it’s a very exciting area to be in. Sholay Indian Kitchen was developed in conjunction with food and hospitality journalist turned consultant Humayun Hussain, regarded for many years as one of the UK’s foremost authorities on Indian food and restaurants and he also devised the name and menu here. We hope Sholay will be a great success as we are planning to launch sites in other towns and cities.”
Luthfur Rahman, Managing Director of The Mint Room

Sholay Indian Kitchen is at Unit 17, Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6ZA

Please note: the meal was received free of charge, but this in no way impacted on my opinion. We were not obliged to write a positive review, and the venue did not see this review before it was put up on the site.

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