Restaurant review: Bukhara, Samlesbury
Curry houses can often be a bit hit and miss and we’ve got a good local one – but we felt it was time to venture out of our comfort zone and try somewhere else. I’d heard about a good and large curry house out towards Samlesbury, a quick google search and I’d found Bukhara.
The first thing to tell you is that it’s a no alcohol establishment. So, if you plan to enjoy a refreshing Kingfisher with a chicken korma – this is not the place for you. However, if they aren’t bothered about alcohol then they are bound to be bothered by the quality of the food.
We arrived and it was busy. We had to wait for a little while in the reception area (if you can call it that, the building used to be a Little Chef and they haven’t done much work on the entrance since then). We were taken to our table and given a bit of time to decide what to have. We were starving so decided to go for a starter and a main.
For drinks we ordered the sweet lassi. I had lassi a lot when I was in India for two months, and my girlfriend had never tried it (or if she had, she didn’t remember!). It’s a lovely mix of yoghurt, sugar and a bit of fruit. It was delicious and very refreshing – dare I say it, better than a pint of lager. However, I warn you now, lassi is very filling – so one jug is definitely enough, don’t order a second as we did!
For starters I went for the chicken samosa and my girlfriend went for the vegetable rolls. They portions were small but very well presented. It was yummy, and despite looking like a small portion the quality of the produce meant they were filling!
We moved onto the mains. I’d gone for a Noor Mahal Chicken Biryani with a garlic naan. The girlfriend had gone for Malai Kofta (cottage cheese balls mixed with herbs and spices). You get to pick what spiciness you want your meal and we’d both gone for medium. This was just about right, maybe a little too hot for our pallets but definitely needed a little bit of a kick rather than the mild.
The whole meal came to £34, so without a second jug of sweet lassi, you can get a great curry for two people for £30.
Rating: Food: 3.5/5, Drink: 4/5, Service: 3/5, Atmosphere/decor: 4/5, Value for money: 5/5
Need to book? Was busy on a weekend, so definitely book. There was a big queue when we left at around 8.
Phone: 01772 877 710
Address: Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UP (map)
Takeaway service is available.