Try one of these 10 East Anglian restaurants for National Curry Week

A curry for National Curry Week. Picture: rez-art/Getty Images/iStockphoto

A curry for National Curry Week. Picture: rez-art/Getty Images/iStockphoto - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

East Anglia's packed with fantastic curry houses dishing up exotic creations from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Goa, Kerala, Nepal and beyond. If you're looking for a new spot to tantalise your tastebuds, how about one of these?

Zaika, Ipswich

A family-run restaurant that attracts Indian food lovers from miles away.

We like the tandoori murghi roll – tandoori chicken, cheese, spices and fresh coriander rolled up in flatbread to start.

In the middle try the excellent the vegetarian vada curry of South Indian pakoras in a thick sauce with chillis, onion and yoghurt.

Namaste Village, Norwich

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A huge, Gujerati restaurant where everything on the menu is vegetarian or vegan.

Both veggies and meat eaters will love the flavour combinations on the menu - from almond and paneer tikki cakes, to chaats and puris that dance on the tongue, to delicate spiced potato filled masala dosa. There are authentic puds too.

Sea Spice, Aldeburgh

The coconut- rich cuisine of southern India plays a heavy part of the menu here, which makes the most of local ingredients such as Sutton Hoo chicken, local muntjac and day boat landed lobster. We rather like the proper biryanis, which arrive with a pastry lid to bash into – releasing the aromas.

There's a great selection of cocktails and craft beers too.

Tamarind, Blofield

Tamarind's USP is excellent tandoori – all smoky, charred and fragrant. You'll find not just tandoori chicken and lamb, but duck, monkfish and more. All grills are served with salad, mint sauce and a tangy tamarind chutney.

Try speciality dishes such as the Imli chicken, cooked with paprika, turmeric and nutmeg.

Voujon, Bury St Edmunds

There's nothing very out of the ordinary about the menu, but service and the presentation of the dishes make this place a little bit more special than your average curry house.

Try the lamb rajdani, cooked with mustard, fresh herbs, tomatoes and spices, or the prawns cooked very authentically in pungent pickling spices.

Masala Garden, Hales

This restaurant and wine bar between Norwich and Lowestoft is known for doing things a bit differently, so curry lovers should seek it out. Try the crispy duck with tamarind sauce and sesame seeds, or modhumita lamb, anointed with a drizzle of honey. Spice it up with the chittachong, cooked with yoghurt, spices and herbs in a thick sauce and served with vegetable bhaji and pilau rice. There are a whopping 12 rice side dishes and 15 different types of bread to choose from.

Montaz, Newmarket

This place is perfect for date nights. We love the passion to showcase food from all reaches of the Indian subcontinent – in fact, a section of the menu is dedicated to regional cuisine, be it from Calcutta, Mughal or Sylhet. Try the melt-in-the-mouth gallouti lamb kebabs with roasted garam masala, or signature venison cooked with spices and asparagus.

The Bank, Sheringham

In the daytime pop in for homemade chilli or Bolognese, jacket potatoes and sandwiches.

At night, this is the spot for chicken chilli fry (served in a pastry basket), delicate steamed chicken momo with sesame sauce, Nepalese curry, or khasi ko masu (marinated lamb chops with masala mash and a thick sauce). A little gem.

The Royal Bengal, Woodbridge

One of the oldest restaurants in Suffolk, The Royal Bengal has a dedicated following, but doesn't rest on its laurels. Alongside your kormas and dhansaks are dedicated Goan and Bengal menus, as well as a menu of Bengali fresh water fish dishes. Exotic additions include mutton cooked with fresh coconut and spices, and the kuhlna chutney curries, cooked with mango and mustard oil.

The Merchants of Spice, Norwich

A lot of thought has gone into the menu here, which brims with chef's specials, such as honey mustard duck, and pan seared sea bass or rabbit bhuna. Of particular interest is the selection of rustic plates inspired by India's railway roadside cafes, including 'railway curry' made in the traditional style with a rich gravy and whole baby potatoes.

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