If you’ve followed me for a while then you’ll know that I adore good food – add spice to that and I’m even happier! Asian cuisine is an absolute go to for me whether it be Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Japanese or even a good Chinese – I just cannot get enough. Honestly, I’m surprised this review hasn’t came sooner!
In August 2019 Riksha Streetside Indian opened it’s doors on the top floor of Union Square, Aberdeen. Ran by the team behind the former popular Indian eatery Cinnamon, they aim to produce high quality, authentic Indian Street Food. The restaurant is open from 12pm to 9pm, 7 days a week to ensure you have plenty chance to grab some delicious grub!
The family run restaurant offer a wide variety of home-style authentic Indian cooking from Street Food Appetisers such as; Bang Bang Brie Chilli, Chicken Pakora and the famous Chicken Donuts to their Unforgettable dishes such as; Tikka Masala, Korma or a Fiery Madras. There are just so many options to try!
Riksha has a range of soft drinks, juices and mocktails but it may be worth noting that they also offer a BYOB situation with a 50p corkage charge.
I love a good selection of food when I’m trying a new restaurant so of course we could not just settle on one thing! I had heard a big buzz about the Chicken Donuts so I knew before walking into Riksha Streetside Indian that I was trying them. My oh my, they were delicious! I couldn’t believe the weight of each chicken donut and everything was cooked to perfection. The Onion Bhaji’s were also incredible. Often you can find you get more batter than onion when buying bhaji’s but not these bad boys! A perfect mix of flavour and spices.
Choosing main courses was a bit more tricky. Did I fancy lamb, chicken, seafood or maybe even a veggie option?? Eventually, we opted to share a classic Chicken Korma and the much raved about Butter Chicken.
To be honest – Chicken Korma is a firm favourite for me, a dish I order time and time again. It really wasn’t much of a surprise to Stephen that we ordered it! However, I must say that this is one of the creamiest Chicken Kormas that I have ever had. It definitely is the perfect curry for those wanting something more on the mild side!
Next up – North Indian Butter Chicken! This was a completely new dish to me however after reading some of the reviews on Riksha’s Instagram page it seemed that I could not walk away without trying it. The sauce was so creamy and incredibly smooth. It was almost soup like in texture – amazing. It was packed with so much tomato-y flavour.
Alongside our main dishes we shared a portion of Pilau Rice, Plain Naan and Peshwari Honey Naan – the perfect side kicks to any good curry.
At this point Stephen and I were sufficiently stuffed from the feast we had just consumed however it was insisted that we try their mums homemade rice pudding.
The rice pudding was served with a load of sprinkles on top – an Indian delicacy that I had not heard of before but of course did not complain! We were also given some Little Moons and fresh fruit which was truly a perfect way to end our meal and date night overall.
The environment, food, service and overall atmosphere of Riksha Streetside Indian was all completely un-faultable. There truly is not one thing that could have been improved! Since our visit, I have told just about every friend and family member that they just have to go and experience it for themselves. Huge shout-out to the boys working on the night of our visit for making our date night so wonderful.
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