Taking you all back to a few months ago when the pressure was on to find a nice eatery for a special someone’s birthday. Fortunately I remembered a friend of mine had recommended The Woodlands. (Btw her ig is @fatima.alainah – I think you should all go check her page out and give her a follow!)
So first impressions; it’s beautiful! The decor is different and moves away from the typical norm of large chandeliers and airy light space. Instead it lives up to its name with its nature inspired decor. More importantly their menu sounded divine it had all the standard items you’ve heard of but with a special twist. The Woodlands really put a special touch on their menu. We decided to get the Modern Chaat, King Tempura Prawns and Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops.
The modern chaat pictured above was beautifully presented, very nicely spiced and infused with all the perfect flavours. Served with a yoghurt chutney and teased with slight cuts of Indian Papri. The modern chaat stayed traditional to its authentic taste but definitely carried that modern twist.
The Tempura King Prawns we’re definitely king in size. The prawns were accompanied with a mango salsa which went really well and presented effortlessly. The Woodlands really know how to pair their food well and make it all look so aesthetic.
Last but not least is the Moroccan infused lamb chops pictured below. The lamb chops were soft and broke off the bone easily just how they should. My only slight criticism is the fact that I’m not sure what the “Moroccan infused” aspect is? Undeniably the chops were delicious but didn’t taste any different to normal good chops.
For our mains I indulged on a spinach and ricotta tortellini which is my Italian fav. The Woodlands take came with toasted pinenuts which was an unusual stance but accompanied really well. I’m always hesitant to try Italian or continental dishes at an Indian restaurant but this was fine. It doesn’t compare to authentic Italian eatery’s, in fact I wouldn’t even compare them as both are completely different. The Woodlands have completely reinvented and stamped their own mark on ricotta tortellini.
We also got the Duo of Chicken. This dish consisted of a chilli chicken breast, a panko (Japanese breadcrumb) fritter and a potato & chicken jus (gravy). Again this was very beautifully presented and tasted delicious however it was slightly on the smaller size. It looked more like a starter even though it was one of the more higher priced items on the menu.
The only good thing about getting a smaller portion is there’s more room for dessert and thankfully The Woodlands had lots of options. I got the creme brûlée which was not what I expected I’ve always had scalding hot creme brûlée and that’s what I’ve always enjoyed. However mine was fridge temperature cold – the brown sugar had been blazed but everything underneath that layer was cold. Not sure if that’s how it was supposed to be served but I ate it anyway…
We also ordered the warm chocolate brownie Served in a large chocolate orange dome, the hot chocolate sauce is served on top to reveal the brownie underneath. I’d travel all the way to Blackburn just for that. Keep a look out on my Instagram I’ll upload the video of the chocolate melting on there but below is a snap of the aftermath. Yum!
For us the starters stole the show! We enjoyed our starters more than anything else but overall we still had an amazing meal at The Woodlands and their service is impeccable. It is a little pricey and does lean more towards the higher end but it’s definitely worth the price tag especially for an occasion.
If you’ve already been or are thinking of going let me know in the comment section below.
Thats all from me for now, take care