Pamson Grill, Leicester

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

If a good curry is what you’re after then Leicester isn’t a bad place to start. We have an abundance of cracking eateries specialising in top class Indian cuisine. When it comes to Pakistani cuisine, my experiences currently rank at zero. Step forward the newly opened Pamson Grill on Highfield Street to change all that.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

Pamson Grill opened just a couple of months ago. Just off the popular drag that is London Road complete with all its eateries, Pamson Grill occupies a modest spot amongst a cluster of restaurants.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

The outside looks inviting. A smart exterior and a brand spanking new dining room – you can almost smell the varnish.  Stepping inside you immediately notice a large window from which you can see your food being prepared by the chef’s.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

You could easily be in India or Pakistan. Many of the clientele are Asian and the smells coming from the kitchen are of freshly cooked tandoori food – a really authentic experience thus far.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

The menu is concise but features some very tempting dishes, all of which are described well. The staff are also helpful and offered to clarify anything that we were not sure about. To kick things off we decided on Chicken Wings and Chicken Tikka Bihari Boti.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t know what the heck Bihari Boti meant. I assume now it translates to ‘bloody delicious bits of chicken’ because this was exactly that. The marinade is much like a chicken tikka masala with a huge depth of flavour. It comes with a spice warning on the menu but the spicing is bang on. The sizzling platter was a lovely touch.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

The wings had also been given the charcoal treatment and were superbly succulent and juicy. The owner recommended trying the coriander chutney with the wings which dramatically changed the flavour. Sensational with or without chutney, we were impressed.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

Our main courses were two signatures of Pakistan. A Chicken Karahi, advertised as ‘like the Karahi from Lahore’ and Chicken Dum Biryani, a speciality of Karachi. The Karahi arrived in a large pot of which it is named after – like an oversized balti dish, sizzling away giving off a tempting aroma.

The Biryani came flanked by a small pot of natural yogurt. Huge chunks of chicken on the bone in between the grains of fragrant rice – Biryani Pakistani style looked the business!

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

If this is how they do curry in Lahore, I might just book a plane ticket. This thing kicked my ass for spice at first but once you get over the initial heatwave the flavours really come to the fore. The chicken was beautifully cooked in a concoction of ginger, chillies and tomatoes – absolutely sensational.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

We had a jug of Mango Lassi on the go which proved vital during the early stages of the Karahi. I had never tried Lassi before but this is the perfect friend to have beside you while eating a curry. Yogurty and sweet – kind a dessert all by itself at times. A really refreshing drink.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

The Biryani was as fragrant as they come. Large chunks of chicken cooked on the bone just adds more flavour into the already perfumed rice. It’s a very generous portion also. The naan’s and rice were both excellent accompaniments – particularly the tandoori naan glazed with ghee, one of the best we’ve ever had.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

I really wanted to stretch myself to a dessert but the food had taken its toll. We were both beaten. The food had been exceptional and the general consensus around the room seemed very positive towards what these guys are serving.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

We spoke a little while after with Muhammad, the owner of Pamson Grill. A really nice guy. Looking around the room on a Thursday night in Leicester, this place had only a few seats to spare. A great sign if ever there was one for a new business.

Pamson Grill Restaurant Leicester Pakinstani food

The food here is exceptional. We really enjoy trying new cuisines and dishes that we would never have thought to previously. Pakistani food, like it’s neighbour India, is all about clever spicing and hearty charcoal cooking. I really have a newfound respect for this cuisine and really want to give it a go at home.

 

Although, when we’re next out in Leicester with cravings for a curry, there’s only one place we’re heading to….

 

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 1200-2300

 

Website: www.pamsongrill.co.uk

 

Nearest Train Station: Leicester

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8 Comments

  1. September 28, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried authentic Pakistani food but this certainly all looks and sounds delicious!

    • Chris
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 9:25 am

      Hi Kate – Pakistani food is kind of similar to Indian but with subtle differences in the spicing we found. It was so good and this place is sure to be a success in Leicester, stop by when you’re next around!

  2. September 30, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Will have to keep my eye out for some Bihari Boti! Who knew you could crave pakistani food at 9:30 in the morning? Loved the post!

    • Chris
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Hey Chloe! Bihari Boti is sublime, definitely a new favourite of mine! I really appreciate your comment, thank you!

  3. September 30, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    The food looks really yummy and it looks like a very cozy atmosphere. I just wish I could eat such spicy foods.

    • Chris
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Hi MsTee – The food is delicious and there are options for dishes that aren’t as spicy or that are quite mild so they have you covered! Pakistani cuisine is a real hidden gem. It’s the first time that we’ve ever tried it and it won’t be the last!

  4. October 1, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Great review! The photos are really good and I loved how precisely you have described everything.

    • Chris
      Author
      October 1, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      Hey Alice, thank you so much! We really enjoyed it!

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