The Gateway of India is an Indian takeaway in Cardiff. So what’s so special about that? Indian restaurants – and good ones at that – are ten a penny in the capital. But the Gateway of India’s unique selling point is that your takeaway will be cold. Bear with me, it’s actually a good thing.
The Gateway makes freshly cooked Bangladeshi and Indian food, which is chilled for you to take home and refrigerate and eat withing two days of purchase. Or the meals can be kept longer if frozen.
Seasoned takeaway orderers may wonder what’s the point in ordering a cold takeaway? Well, for one, chilled food has no VAT added so the prices are good. (Chicken Tikka Massalla for £5.60 for example) But I think the main appeal of this takeaway is convenience. My other half and I visited on a Saturday late afternoon during the recent cold snap, meaning we could pick up our food, take it home and warm it up hours later without having to leave the house and brave the chilly temperatures again. While waiting, I noticed the amount of parents with young children popping in to collect their food – the convenience for busy Mums and Dads is obvious. And if you’ve got a busy day ahead – why not collect the day before and store overnight in the fridge?
The Gateway of India has been located in Rhiwbina since 1995 – and in 2004 won the award for the Best takeaway in Cardiff. Dispite it’s longevity, the restaurant’s standards don’t seem to have slipped. We both ordered vegetarian dishes (of which there are a fantastic selection). The Dal Sagh (£4.10) was chock-full of fresh spinach, if a little too spicy for my taste, while the mild and creamy vegetable malai (£4.10) was delicious, without being sickly or over creamy.
Sides were good too – a special mention to the yummy and huge onion bahjees (£2.50 for 4).
And if you prefer to make your own Indian dishes from scratch, they stock a wide selection of the vital ingredients you need.
Definitely worth a try.
Gateway of India, 236 Pantbach Road, Rhiwbina, CF14 6AG
029 2052 9029
www.gateway-of-india.co.uk236, Pantbach Road, Rhiwbina,
Cardiff CF14 6AG