by Jo Kenny

Hands up if you have a local curry house that you spend quite a few Friday nights at? I… kind of have that. The one I frequent isn’t exactly local; it’s 11 miles away! Wonderful, but not ideal for keeping it easy. I guess I’ve never fully bonded with the ones closer to me, mainly because they still aren’t that close. So I was pretty chuffed when this new Indian restaurant, Maaya, opened up right in the centre of my home town, just a 5 minute drive and even better right among the bars!

Speaking of bars, their opening night was a free one and every food lover, family member and VIP came.

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I bumped into Franzi who runs the MK Food Revolution and we met in person for the first time!

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Now as lovely as their blackberry bramble cocktails were, I was more interested in how the food tasted, so they invited me back for round two.

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In typical Indian restaurant fashion, the setting was dark and moody with red and orange lighting. A nice space to eat in, though I apologise for the quality of photos… not so blogger friendly!

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Giant, fluffy naan breads left whole for you to tear off chunks and dip into rich curry sauce. Light rice with flecks of sweet fried onions. Generous spiced lamb chops; gloriously meaty and tender. Thick, chunky mango chutney dolloped onto equally thick poppadoms. It’s safe to say the food ticked all the boxes of a very good quality curry experience.

I think this might be a point of call next time I want to line my stomach with something tasty before a night out!

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