In her culinary quest to enjoy a taste of everything
west Norfolk has to offer, Ann Weaver visits Voujon…
With its sky blue facade, the Voujon Indian Restaurant on Railway Road certainly stands out amongst its neighbours. Roughly translated, ‘voujon’ means ‘invitation to dine’ – so with no further ado, let’s accept the invite. Inside, the decor is modern and light although the low ceilings and pillars combined with a few too many tables makes for a rather overcrowded feel to the room.
Our drinks orders taken, we began to peruse the very extensive menu. Although there were many choices of starters, mains, ‘chef specialities’ and side dishes, I was impressed to see a brief description – and helpful indication of heat – next to most dishes.
Not being overly adventurous with the starter, I opted for a favourite of mine – chicken tikka, my partner choosing the prawn puree. Whilst we waited for our order we nibbled on some poppadoms and pickles over drinks. No sooner had we finished these when our starters arrived at the table, which was surprisingly quick as the restaurant was full of diners.
As it’s such a simple dish, the tikka relies on perfect cooking which in this case was achieved. It was served with a crisp side salad that included a strawberry, which may have been in the spirit of summer but didn’t work particularly well with the tikka!
It was, however, very generously proportioned, as was the prawn puree. I was assured the latter was equally tasty, and although part of the dish was fried there was little grease to be seen. Whilst we passed the (short) time waiting for our mains, we realised the closeness of the tables meant adjacent diners were certainly not conversing privately had this been their intention! Our waiter then bought to our table my sizzling lamb korai which filled the air with a mouthwatering aroma of green peppers and onion and for hubby a creamy butter chicken. The dishes were such a contrast we decided to share – a policy we also adopted with the large portion of pilau rice and meaty keema naan bread. The milder of the two dishes had huge moist chunks of chicken breast in a flavoursome buttery sauce although it was a little too thick and rich for our tastes. My korai was just the right medium level of spice for me, with sour undertones complemented by the sweetness of the occasional fresh tomato.
Despite sharing we were unable to do the meal the justice it deserved – there was just so much meat in each dish. Although I’m still finding it hard to believe, the total bill was under £40 – which included two alcoholic and two soft drinks!
The atmosphere may be a little loud due to the of the size of restaurant, but we experienced beautifully-cooked, truly delicious food and impeccably good service which we’re both looking forward to enjoying again. KL
VOUJON INDIAN RESTAURANT
24 Railway Road
King’s Lynn PE30 1NF
Tel: 01553 777977