Mo Malik’s – Orchard Park

I finally got myself down to Mo Malik’s tonight for a well over due visit and I’m pleased to say that it was worth the wait! 👍

Mo Malik’s has been taking the city of Cambridge by storm lately. Out of nowhere it has steamrolled onto the scene and has been the talk of the town. It is currently winning our Cambridge Curry Community poll and has developed a cult like following of loyal customers.

We ordered a takeaway this time with the intention of visiting again in the future.

My friend ordered the lamb Jalfrezi which is a dish which is hard to get right. It’s often very sharp tasting and getting a mouth full of chillies just isn’t very pleasant while eating a meal (even if you like it hot). He thought it was fantastic and he says he orders the dish frequently. What they have done to make it stand out is cook the Jalfrezi in a way which merged the warmth of the peppers into the sauce gradually, so no matter what you are eating from the curry you are getting a consistency of spice and flavour.
The lamb was absolutely excellent too. Large chunks of lamb which just fell to pieces. Faultless.

The onion bahjis were some of the best I’ve ever had. They were so thick and meaty. I do quite enjoy the light fluffy onion bahjis too, but these were superb. Careful though, they are very filling!

The lamb vindaloo was one of the best I have had. I asked for it extra hot, so no surprise it was very very hot. What I often find however, is that many places will always do a vindaloo mild even if it’s request extra hot but the team at Mo Malik’s heard my request and served me well.

Like with the Jalfrezi, the lamb was perfect in the vindaloo, which is always a great sign of a restaurants quality. I was also pleased to see very generous potato portions in the curry too, something which can often be scrimped on in some restaurants. The flavour, the spice, the meat. Everything with the vindaloo was executed so well! 🤯 Great work!

The saag aloo was perfect. It really came across like it was prepared fresh. The rice portions were decent and nothing to complain about. They had a great selection of bottled beers here too. Kingfisher, Cobra, Bangla. You name it!

We tried some squid rings which came with a side sauce. I fancied something different here so ordered it out of curiosity more than anything. I have no idea what I’m eating with squid, so my opinion here probably isn’t very valuable, but I can’t say I enjoyed them very much. I felt like they were a little dry. If anyone else on here is a squid connoisseur then please let me know what you think of these. 🤷‍♂️

I also had the pleasure of being treated to cake for dessert. Freshly made by the family and absolutely delicious. Having something sweet after such a savoury meal was exactly what I needed. My compliments to the chef!

I noticed a few other dishes on the menu which I’m dying to try the next time I’m there. The Malik’s Meatballs particularly stole my attention. Spiced meatballs in a tomato sauce really sounds like it could work well. I’m imagining a Rogan Josh style Italian meatball dish.

Has anyone had this yet as I’m dying to know what it’s like?

Mo Malik’s really fits well into the Indian restaurant scene in Cambridge. I don’t think there is an Indian North of Cambridge which can touch it at the moment. Prices are mildly higher than some of the usual places but the quality is almost certainly worth it. I couldn’t fault a thing!

Update: I know there are a few people out there who have been asking me what it’s like to dine in. Unfortunately, I’ve not had the chance to visit and experience the restaurant properly yet. However, thanks to the team at The Cambridge Curry Community we have managed to salvage a few photos from the interior and get hold of a few pictures of the food served inside the restaurant.

Lamb shank in all its glory. I need to get on it ASAP!

I’m really looking forward to their brand new additions to the menu coming in March! Watch this space as if these photos are anything to go by, I’ll be there in a shot!

Phone: 01223 424599

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