Review: Mahil’s Indian Restaurant and Takeaway, Durham Way, Oakerside, Peterlee.

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TUCKED away in a quiet corner of Peterlee in the middle of a housing estate as it is, many could be forgiven for not having tried the delights of Mahil’s, but they would certainly be missing out.

The restaurant, which also provides a takeaway service, is the perfect place for a quiet night out with delicious food at very reasonable prices.

Nicely decorated with a light and airy feel, Mahil’s provides a warm and welcoming environment to it, matched only by the very friendly staff who make you feel comfortable and like you’re an old regular.

The menu offers a wide selection of traditional Indian foods and for those who are not faint-hearted when it comes to the heat of their curry, they even serve phal, which I was informed can make your eyes water just by the smell.

Having not eaten all day I opted for some poppadoms while I was waiting for starters, but I really shouldn’t have because the size of the portions meant I couldn’t finish my main meal.

For starters I went for my favourite, onion bhajis, which were lovely, instead of ball-shaped they were more flat like a patty, but just as tasty.

My fiance, Phil, opted for a more English starter with the prawn cocktail, which he said was lovely, although would have liked a piece of bread with it.

However, when the main courses came he realised filling up on the bread would not have been necessary.

Phil got the chicken madras and I opted for the chicken tikka masala, both dishes were delicious and there was definitely more than enough.

Not for Mahil’s are the small pots of pilau rice – instead the usual huge takeaway-type portions arrived and I don’t think I have ever seen such big garlic naan breads, which resembled 10inch pizza breads when they arrived and tasted fabulous.

Another pleasant surprise was when the bill came, for poppadoms, starters, main courses and all our drinks it came to £38.90.

We’ll certainly be giving Mahil’s another visit soon.