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First Bite: Chilli Aariz in Stirchley

lamb_mirchi_masalaYou know how it is when you’re full of the lurgy and after what feels like a lifetime you’re finally able to eat something other than bread?  Yep, that happened to me recently and I celebrated with curry…obviously.

I still wasn’t feeling tip-top, so ordering a take away to be delivered seemed like the wisest plan and, as I was sitting on a voucher for hungryhouse, I figured I’d try one of the local curry houses.  Honestly, I’d like to tell you there was lots of thinking behind this but I went with whichever one the app came up with first and Chilli Aariz in Stirchley was it.

I sort of went overboard with the ordering, mainly because all I’d eaten all week was bread, and they had a deal where you got 20% off if you spent over £20, so I figured what the hell (and I could always reheat the leftovers).  I wasn’t overly sure spicy curry was the wisest idea so went with something mild and something a bit spicier.  In the end I ordered; chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, naan, pilau rice, shish kebab and lamb mirchi masala.

The chicken tikka masala was pretty standard because I’m not sure it’s ever the most exciting of dishes.  I sometimes wish saag paneer wasn’t a side dish because spinach and cheese is lovely, although the addition of a few slices of tomato confused me a bit.  The lamb mirchi masala was described as arinatuc herbs and spices along with green chillies, garlic and coriander.  I probably should’ve guessed that spices and green chillies might be a bit on the hot side, but their menu never mentioned this.  For most of the week my taste buds couldn’t cope with much more exciting than bread, so maybe I was being a wuss but this blasted through my head cold and felt more of the medium-hot scale.

The service was also pretty good too; the food arrived in the time they said it would, and whilst the driver got a little confused as to where I live was (the sat nav likes to send people to the wrong road) he called and apologised profusely.  I’m not sure my taste buds were entirely up to reviewing this place properly, but I was satisfied with my first bite of food after not being able to eat much all week, so I’ll order from Chilli Aariz again.

hungryhouse are running a competition where they’ll be awarding £25 hungryhouse vouchers every day until the 23 October 2015.  To enter, Instagram a photo of your food, tag @hungryhouseuk and use the hashtag #FirstBite.   For more information, or to check out their terms & conditions, visit http://hungryhouse.co.uk/blog/firstbite-instagram-competition/

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Disclosure: hungryhouse sent me a voucher which had no strings attached – no really!  Anyway, as it arrived just in time for me to be able to order actual food I figured I might as well tie it in with their First Bite competition, because who doesn’t love an excuse to Instagram.

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