For the locals around here, they already know that Burton Latimer village is well served for eateries. More specifically, Indian restaurants – there are already two fairly prominent ones within walking distance of each other in the high street, and it doesn’t seem possible for them to squeeze in any more!
So, we were quite surprised a week-or-so ago, to get a promotional leaflet through the door for Nazreen, ANOTHER Indian (and Bangladeshi) restaurant for the village!
Purely in the interest of research, we had planned to meet up with Jo and Janet, but Jo’s car broke down in Slough, so they couldn’t make it. After Ann’s tough week at work, we decided to (ahem), ‘research’ the place ourselves.
Nazreen is positioned ‘up the road’ from the other two and occupies the space previously held by the long established Nonno Pino Italian restaurant (who, over the years had downsized to reflect its own downturn in trade). The first thing we noticed was how small the establishment was – 30 covers at most. That can be a good thing or not, depending on how you view the operation – it would certainly get full pretty quickly!
Being one of the hottest evenings of the year meant that 99.9% of the potential trade was probably sitting somewhere else enjoying a cool pint (or ten), or at home trying to remember how to light their BBQ – the result being the place was almost empty, with just one other group already tucking into their main course when we arrived at 7.15.
We sat by the window, and perused the menu. It offered a wide range of options for the size of the place and nicely presented. Ann and I decided to share a starter and then go our own way for mains. The service was faultless (with just two waiters on duty, who, to me, looked like the owners) and the food was good (although Ann thought her lamb was a bit tough, my chicken was melt-in-the-mouth).
Overall, I think it was one of those places that’s going to benefit from being busy! – it all felt a bit ‘cold’ and lifeless as when the other group left, we were the only couple there – and that’s how it stayed! not the best time therefore to judge the place! So, if you like your Indians to be more on the intimate side, this is a great place to go – you’re unlikely to get large and noisy groups in there as it just doesn’t have the space. There’s heaps of parking round the back - and we discovered afterwards that they do takeaway too!
I really wish them well – it’s a little Indian taking on the big ones – and there IS room (in every sense) for Nazreen in Burton Latimer!