The Capital Durham Indian Restaurant

Here’s a promo video for The Capital Indian Restaurant in Claypath, Durham. I’ve been there many times and I’ve never had a bad meal yet, but be sure to book yourselves in as it gets very busy, especially at weekends.

Directly above The Capital you’ll also find Palm Sugar.

We called in on the way back home after a day in the town. The rain had been incessant, and it was good to get into the dry for a bit. Surprisingly for the time of day (7pm), the restaurant was empty, so we took the chance to get fed up before the rest of the Friday crowd turned out. The Capital, in my opinion, is the best Indian Restaurant in Durham. Tonight that was proved beyond doubt. Mrs Durham Food and Drink hadn’t been before, but she was only moderately impressed the last time shw came out for an Indian meal, at the Spice Lounge, so this was a new one on her.

We started with Poppadoms and pickles. We asked for two plain ones, when they came there were three. The pickles are the standard four, lime pickle, mango chutney, onion relish and mint raita. Usually, the one Indian Restaurants get horribly wrong is the lime pickle. I’ve tasted some pretty ropey attempts in the past. The Capital do the definitive lime pickle. It is absolutely superb! I started raving about it straight away. Mrs DFD agreed. But there was more to come.

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For the mains, we selected Balti Special Garlic Chicken and Chicken Nawabi, with a Vegetable Pilao and Peshwari Naan. The Chicken Nawabi was the most fantastic taste i’ve had at an Indian Restaurant for a long time. Creamy and delicate, with huge pieces of chicken. The Balti chicken was subtle on the garlic, but enough to give it that distinctive kick. Delicious stuff this. A huge peshwari naan bread mopped up the remnants, with a Cobra Beer each.

The Capital Durham lived up to my billing as the Best Indian Restaurant in Durham City, bar none. The service was as efficient as ever, with the waiters always there to get the order in and food delivered to the table as quickly as possible, but without hovering over you. Food quality was superb, with subtle spicing leading to a fantastic dining experience.

Price was only £34 for two, which included £6 for the two beers, so a bit of a bargain really.

Durham Food and Drink Ratings
First Impression : 9, Service : 9, Food : 9, Value : 9

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The Capital Durham
69 Claypath,
County Durham
Phone : 0191 386 8803

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Ciao Ciao Durham Mediterranean Review

A long time favourite with us, Ciao Ciao is a little Mediterranean bakery/deli at the bottom of North Road, just over from The Bishop Langley. We were first drawn to it by the wonderful selection of artisan breads displayed in the window.

Ciao Ciao Durham Inside

Since then, the inside of the shop has changed to make more seating space, but the food is just as nice. They make fresh sandwiches from Mediterranean ingredients, all wrapped up in your choice of bread. There are Mediterranean, white with olive oil and sea salt, wholemeal or spelt multigrain to choose from for the sarnies, but you can take away other options such as black olive and rosemary, or feta cheese and mint. The sarnies are named after Mediterranean holiday places like Kos and Tuscany, and they serve them hot or cold, to eat in or take away, your choice, so you close your eyes and make believe you’re sunning yourself in paradise. All the breads are made on-site in the bakery. Service is always polite and quick as you order from the counter, with the sandwich menus laid out behind, so it’s simply a matter of picking filling and then bread. My own favourite is the Milano – Chicken breast, parmesan shavings, Caesar dressing & salad.

We’ve sampled the sandwiches many times before at Ciao Ciao, but this time we just wanted a light snack so had a Shortbread and Filter coffee and Mrs DFD had a rather wonderful slice of spinach and feta pie (Spanakopita) and an infused tea. The Spanakopita was served warm and was worth the slight wait whilst it was warmed up. In fact, the first time it got a bit burnt when toasted, so it was replaced without ever reaching the table. I was offered a morsel or two for being a good lad.

Incidentally, Ciao Ciao also have a shop on Sunderland Road in Gilesgate, midway between The Shoes and The Queens Head.

Ciao Ciao Bread

The price for our two little snacks and drinks came to just £6.50, so really good value. The sarnies are priced between £2.90 and £3.50 are really substantial, so try these if you can.

Durham Food and Drink Rating
First Impression : 8, Service : 9, Food : 9, Value : 9


Ciao Ciao
3 Framwellgate Bridge,
Phone : 0191 3830149

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