Lunch with Prithvi Restaurant in Cheltenham
On a trip to Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, you are bound to come across some top-notch restaurants. The daddy of these fine dining establishments is Prithvi Restaurant* and recently, we were invited to sample their new Autumn menu. Since our visit, it’s safe to say that we now understand why it’s rated so highly on Trip Advisor!
Not your traditional curry house, Prithvi produces special culinary delights in it’s small, but cosy, restaurant on Bath Road. Upon arrival, we received a warm welcome by the lovely Melissa (who had set up the great event) and the main man of Prithvi, Jay. Both of us also loved Dave’s glass – it’s the small things that make us happy!
After having a quick look around the restaurant and admiring the beautiful wallpaper, we chose a table tucked in the corner and eagerly awaited the food. The tables were crisp and clean, with shining glasses and clean cutlery. I also thought the fresh flowers added a nice touch! Not long after we sat down, the waiters started to appear with the amuse-bouches.
Crunchy rice crackers topped with crispy kale, that had hints of cinnamon and mango, were first up. We soon polished them off and agreed our appetites were definitely awake! Next were the Chickpea and Tomato Panipuris – a street snack common in India. A tasty concoction of chickpeas and tomato salsa filled the hollow Puri, topped off with a Tamarind Jus. Jorge, our great waiter with the awesome moustache, advised us to knock it back like a shot and it was wise advice. An explosion of taste went off in our mouths! They were the perfect appetisers to get us ready for the main courses.
Before the main dishes arrived, Jay came round to offer us drinks. Dave went for a beer and I opted for a glass of Chilean Red. The wine partnered nicely with every course, it was gorgeous.
Next up for food, our starters. Tandoor Baked Salmon with slivers of Beetroot, ribboned Cucumber and Mango Salsa. Straight away, we could tell it was going to be good. The flakey salmon tasted b-e-a-utiful and was perfectly accompanied by the rest. It didn’t take long for us to devour it!
For the first of the main courses, a plate of cooked-to-perfection Welsh Lamb, couscous and legumes. Just like all the food, this dish was a delight on the tongue. The lamb was tender and delicious and the couscous was a different and interesting side that worked well. One thing I enjoyed most about this and the food in general, was the hint of delicate spices that was in each savoury course that added the extra flavour you’d expect from an Indian restaurant.
The second main consisted of exquisite pieces of Venison, served with Butternut Squash and a Ginger and Cinnamon Reduction. Having seen this on the menu, I was concerned that Dave wouldn’t enjoy it because he’s not a fan of both ginger and cinnamon. But it tasted so good and paired excellently with the meat that he helped himself to a second, then third, drizzle! The Venison melted in the mouth, which just showed that the chef(s) knew exactly what they were doing!
Each course kept getting better and better, right until the end, when ‘paradise’ (as Jorge called it) arrived. In my opinion, the dessert was definitely the best course. We enjoyed dishes of heaped Passionfruit Cream joined by fruity Mango Gel, sweet Honey Crumble and slabs of Pink White Chocolate. Not only did it look amazing, but it tasted incredible too! Rather like all the others, this dish was another taste sensation. I’m sure Dave got sick of hearing me moan delightfully during each mouthful – in my defence, it was that delicious!
Albeit coming in small portions – but what would you expect from a fancy place like this – the flavours were incredibly intense and absolutely delicious. We came away from the afternoon feeling full too! In addition to the great food, the service was excellent and the staff were as knowledgable as they were friendly. So, if you’re looking to posh nosh with an Indian flare that is bound to get your taste buds tingling, Prithvi is definitely the place for you.
*In exchange for an honest review, Dave & I received a complimentary tasting menu for two. RRP of the tasting menu is £49.50 (and 100% worth every penny!). All views are our own.