REVIEW: Usha Restaurant

Chicken Tikka Suka Buna.
Chicken Tikka Suka Buna.

If you live in Burnley and you’ve never eaten at Usha, something is terribly amiss.

Head chef and owner Ibby Ali has been serving up mouth-watering Indian delicacies at the Rossendale Road restaurant for 13 years now, picking up more awards than I’ve had hot dinners. A claim my mother may well dispute.

I’ve ventured up there for birthdays, work nights, charity events – yet I’d never called in on a Sunday. But with the shadow of work looming large and a huge slab of chicken sat there unwilling to cook itself, I thought ‘what the hell, let’s go out’.

Greeted by a £10 Sunday buffet menu I slapped my wallet in delight, made my way over to the table, wrapped myself in a napkin and awaited my feast. For 10 English pounds you get poppadoms, a mixed starter (chicken tikka pieces, spring rolls, chicken wings etc), a main course with rice or chips, a garlic naan, dessert and the added challenge of trying to make it back to your car weighing a good stone heavier.

I opted for the South Indian Garlic Chicken dish. If you love garlic, it’s a must, swimming in cloves and spicy enough to get those tastebuds going. And if you don’t like garlic...well then I don’t understand.

My date went for the Chicken Tikka Suka Buna (menu spelling), one of the nicest curries I have ever tasted. Sweet, tangy and tender and most definitely mine next time I go.

The warmth of the food is only exceeded by the warmth of the welcome and with the restaurant set to undergo a £150,000 refurbishment this summer, I woundn’t bet against Usha and Ibby landing a few more awards in the not too distant future.