Bhoomi, Cheltenham

Today must be one of the most depressing days of the year, the day the majority of us go back to work. We’ve enjoyed spending time with friends and family, eating and drinking probably too much and watching copious amounts of television. One of the many fond memories I have of my Christmas break was when Alan and I visited Bhoomi in Cheltenham, a relatively new Indian restaurant in town.

My sister and I spent one morning last week going through the top restaurants in Cheltenham on TripAdvisor. We may be judged for having too much time on our hands, but if we hadn’t have looked we wouldn’t have discovered a whole host of places we have yet to try in Chelters. Bhoomi on Suffolk Road being one of them.

Bhoomi has set up shop in place of the Cantonese restaurant Ruby, offering South Indian cuisine. The menu is a little different to your typical Indian restaurant which is really refreshing.

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As soon as you walk through the door you receive a warm welcome from all the staff – we sat on the plush white sofa in the entrance with a couple of drinks whilst we waited for our table. The decor is very sleek, clean and modern.

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We went through to our table in the main restaurant but just before we sat down we were offered one of the private dining rooms. Perfect for someone who is going to be snapping away photographs of the food.

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Bhoomi offer a five course tasting menu for £35 which sounded incredible, we resisted as we are trying to reign in our spending (to a certain degree). The rest of the menu was just as good so we had a peruse, with a little help from the lovely staff.

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We explained how we like to share our food so they offered to bring out extra plates before we even asked. We also asked if one rice would be enough for two of us and quite rightly we were told yes. Both signs of a decent and relaxed restaurant.

We had some poppadoms to begin with, with a selection of fresh condiments.

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We were also given an apperetif before our starters arrived – a welcome surprise.

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We went for scallops that were cooked to perfection, topped with a mango salsa and the most succulent chicken pieces with a gorgeous dip.

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For mains we went for a lamb and a chicken dish. The lamb was beautifully tender and both dishes offered a unique flavour, immacuately presented. The quality is apparent as soon as the food arrives.

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We don’t usually indulge in a pudding after a curry however Bhoomi offerings were too tempting. We tried a saffron and cardamom doughnut – a little different to how we know doughnuts but a satisfying way to end the meal.

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Cheltenham offers some great Indian restaurants but with tentative staff and amazing food, Bhoomi is going right to the top of my list of favourites.

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