Celebrating at Shehzad

I heard today that I had been successful at my recent interview for promotion (Yayyy me!!!) so my Other Half and Offspring#2 decided to take me out for celebratory eats.

We are lucky to have quite a number of really fantastic Indian restaurants locally; but the Shehzad Tandoori & Balti Restaurant is one we use often if we are ordering takeaway online, or popping out for a quick bite.

One of the reasons this is our go-to for impromptu mid-week dining out is their ridiculously inexpensive pre-theatre menu. Monday – Friday, dining between 4 – 8pm you can get 3 courses for £8.95!!!

When it comes to starters, I am a creature of habit; and usually order the chatt patt, or the chicken pakora. Both are delicious but today I went for the chatt patt, as did Offspring #2.

Two huge chicken wings, cooked in a flavoursome marinade, chargrilled, and served with a salad garnish.

OH plumped for the chicken tikka, which was tender chunks of meat cooked in an amazing tikka marinade, looked almost as delicious as ours, and again was served with a salad garnish. The chilli sauce served alongside the starters is always tangy with a pleasantly rounded flavour.
Main courses are usually a sharing affair when our household dine out, so we tend to order a selection of dishes.
The menfolk both opted for the Lamb Punjabi Massala whilst I chose the Lamb Kadie.

A kadie is a traditional Afghani dish made using fresh tomatoes, green chillies, ginger, garlic, spring onions & coriander. It is delicious and takes it’s name from the pot it is traditionally cooked in!


The sharing aspect extends to accompaniments, so we ordered 2 portions of pilau rice and 1 portion of chapattis. This works well as it means we all get a variety!

Now, before we discuss dessert, can I remind you that we are eating 3 courses for £8.95!?!? To be completely honest, the first time OH & I popped in to try this deal we weren’t expecting much. We knew the food was good quality and tasty as we ordered regularly but for £8.95 we expected small portions of food that maybe wasnt quite as great, and a limp defrosted slice of generic Sara-Lee -esque frozen cheesecake….


The cheesecake alone is worth £8.95 on any restaurant menu.

It’s homemade, the feather-light creamy topping is the most gorgeous texture, and the biscuit base is just the right crumbly buttery mix.

It’s always a topic of conversation throughout dinner, wondering what flavour the cheesecake will be! We never ask until it’s time to order dessert, Offspring#2 says it ruins the surprise, and so it was only once we had finished off our delicious mains that we discovered tonight’s offering was Galaxy Cookie Dough Crumble.

I have a confession to make. It was only when I was a third of my way through this heavenly concoction that I realized I had committed somewhat of a faux Pas.

I started eating my cheesecake before I remembered to take a photo for you all…. Sorry!

Ratings & Recommendations

Service: As always, a warm welcome by staff was followed by friendly attentiveness throughout our visit.  5/5

Menu: The menu offers a wide and varied selection of both traditional Indian abd some European dishes. Both the Pre-Theatre menu and the Tandoori Night menus offer a smaller selection for very competitive prices. 5/5

Food: Looks and tastes freshly prepared. Meat dishes always contain a decent serving of tender chunks of meat. Well presented and, although the starter portions are smaller on the Pre-Theatre menu, the mains and desserts are good-sized portions. 5/5

Ambience: Bright, light & airy; the decor is standard for a typical Indian restaurant looking to create a contemporary interior. Background music is always upbeat and not so loud as to be intrusive. 4/5

Cleanliness: Spotless! Dining furniture & table linen impeccably clean; as were the cutlery, crockery & glassware. Toilets are well maintained. 5/5

Value for Money: Whilst value for money on the special pre-theatre menu is epic, the standard a la carte menu is also reasonably priced . The bill for tonight’s 3 courses for 3 people plus a few soft drinks was around £35.   5/5

Would we return? YES! Definitely. We do so regularly!

Would we recommend? YES! Definitely. I also think this would be the ideal venue for larger celebratory gatherings as well as the small informal meals out we tend to have there.

TOTAL: 29 / 30

Shezhad Tandoori and Balti Restaurant is situated on Dura Street, Dundee and is easily accessible from the city centre. It is on a main bus route, and there is a free carpark nearby.

Contact Details

Address: 104 Dura Street, Dundee, DD4 6TE

Phone: 01382 457502

Opening Times: Sunday – Thursday 4 – 10 pm , Friday / Saturday 4 – 11 pm

Facebook: Shezhad Tandoori & Balti Restaurant

The cheesecakes are lovingly handmade by the very talented local lass, Zara, you should go have a drool over on her Instagram @_elegantcakes .

Do you have a regular go-to local restaurant? What do you order when you’re there?

Thanks for dining with us! 😁

Hugs, Crafty xx