It was 1810 when the country’s first curry house opened its doors treating the people of London to delicious spicy fare.
Fast-forward more than 200 years and the curry is as much a great British menu tradition as a Sunday roast.
We are lucky enough to have a number of Indian restaurants close to home but what drew us to Akhtars in Killamarsh initially was purely aesthetics.
The restaurant has the wow factor with a sleek bar area and pink and blue lighting to create a relaxing mood.
In fact it wouldn’t look out of place in a trendy city or town centre high street.
We decided to make the most of its takeaway service and within 45 minutes of placing our order over the phone we had collected it and were back home ready to discover if the food tasted as good as the restaurant looked.
We weren’t disappointed.
Onion bhajis for starters were light and crispy and perfectly spiced.
The vegetable samosas were a little too fragrant for my liking but were bulging with ingredients.
Accompanying salad trays with the starters were a nice touch and the yoghurt dip was a good complement.
Onto mains, I’d opted for my favourite dish; a saag dish and this time had gone for prawns.
The mix of onions, tomatoes and spices were tasty and the key ingredient of spinach created a good texture.
Other half’s chicken madras was hot and spicy, just how he likes it, with chunky pieces of succulent meat.
We shared a keema rice and a particularly delicious fresh naan bread.
Total cost was a very reasonable £21.30.
Akhtars delivers for free on orders more than £10 within a five-mile radius.
The restaurant - which is fully licensed - is open seven days a week and has a range of special offers .
Rating: Three stars