I absolutely love my curries but it takes a lot for one to tick all of my taste boxes. The biggest problem I have with the majority of curry restaurants and takeaways in this area (and many other areas for that matter) is that everything pretty much tastes the same, with the same base sauce seemingly used, the only thing that varies being the amount of "heat" and which bits are chucked in.
Thankfully, at Mac's Spice Route, this is really not a problem.
I used to visit this restaurant regularly when it was Balbir's and was overjoyed to have a delivery menu pop through my door for this, the renamed, rebranded restaurant which has retained most of the old staff and certainly the menu. I've now had about 5 or 6 deliveries from here over the past few months, and every single time the curries I've ordered have been perfect, plentiful and most importantly, different!
I don't find the dishes too salty at all, as some others have mentioned, and the staff are great in that if you want something a little hotter, or not as spicy, they will tailor it to your requirements. Unlike sitting in, you need to choose specific dishes from the take away menu I think - but all of the banquet choices are on there anyway. Chips and Bhel Poori (the amazing starter you get when you eat in - like Bombay Mix in a spicy, zingy, sweet sauce) aren't on the take away menu but they'll happily deliver them to you as normal, if you ask for them. Maybe that applies for other things too; I'm not sure.
Personal favourite to start is the Chana Bhatura; chickpeas in a deliciously tangy, well seasoned sauce, with a bhatura flatbread. Honestly, amazing. For main courses you're spoilt for choice. The garlic chilli dish is the spiciest/hottest thing I've had, but it isn't pointlessly hot; it has plenty of flavour too. The chilli ginger is also absolutely delicious and quite different (the ginger flavour is very subtle, and the sauce is a dense tomatoey one that's lovely and spicy). The jalfrezi is exactly what a really tasty jalfrezi should be like - not the bland, cream-fest often found in these parts. Lamb Podina was really different when I tried that; probably the most different curry I've ever had, it's in a thick gravy coloured sauce but it's really tasty, unusual and authentic.
For those with a milder palette the Chasni and the Parsi are both excellent. The garlic naan is of a good quality. It isn't as thick or as large as some others I've had, but it's delicious.
In reality, you could choose anything off the menu here, either sit in or take away, and I pretty much guarantee it will be absolutely delicious, different and quite frankly head and shoulders above any of the local and not-so-local competition (if you love proper curry that is - not just the generic stuff that passes all too regularly for it).
Finally, in terms of the delivery service the drivers are fantastic and friendly and I've never waited more than 45 minutes, even when they're busy. When your food arrives it is always hot and each container is wrapped tightly in cellophane/cling film too, to prevent spills, which is a really nice touch.
Give your taste buds a treat, give Mac's Spice Route a try, and have some proper, quality, curry.
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