It is always important to support your local curry house. A place where they know your name, know your fave dishes and are happy to see you.
Poppdaom in Enfield is not my local but we went because it is a friends local. Curry Club takes us all over the place. We are willing travelers and at other times convenient travelers.
To be honest, my expectations were not high for Poppadom. This was purely based on word of mouth and not so much in a negative way. But not in a "ohhhhh, yes! let's go now" type of way either.
We went about our usual traditions and ordered a mixed grill and paneer to start. Alongside this, Kapil was craving some samosas, so we got lamb ones to satisfy his urges.
The mixed grill had with it chicken and lamb tikka, seekh kebab and chicken tandoori. These were all cooked well but tasted very samey and similar. This is an issue when the spices and herbs made an okay mix, nothing too special.
Another issue, was that the paneer too was very similar and therefore the starters became a bit boring. The samosas, albeit a different starter were okay and I will not complain about them.
The Main Courses came out a while after. We managed to relax in the restaurant and have our drinks. Most of us were driving so we didn't have too many beers and our focus was on the food. Next obviously, was a few curries, some naan and a bit of rice.
On this evening, the restaurant was a bit busy with what seemed some mates catching up, a birthday party and a usual night out. Curry club is basically for all occasions.
The main courses were decent enough, but didn't really stand out. The menu is a bit much initially with a lot of options. I always feel that options are important, however, too many can be confusing for both the customer and I feel the chef too. This seemed to come across in the food, as the flavours needed a bit more depth and although the dishes were made to order it seemed to be lacking a bit extra.
Poppadom as a local may hit the right spots, but it won't be won to wow your friends with. Decent enough food in Enfield and friendly service does make Poppadom an option for locals. I feel with a slightly smaller menu, Poppadom can focus on refining their dishes and making their regulars even happier.