Located a short distance from the main city centre of Bradford is Jinnah. It felt like it had a good vibe and it was very busy when we dined here.
A bar area is close to the entrance. The restaurant part is made up of booths and cushioned red, white and black seats. The staff were friendly and it was nice to have some banter with them. Saying that though, the service was a bit under par. Cutlery, napkins and drinks were asked for many times. Even after several requests, we were only given the items pretty much as we ended the meal.
Some of the tables and surrounding areas were not cleaned up after the diners had left. The restaurant was busy but that is no excuse for it being unclean. At the end of the evening when the restaurant was closing, it was cleaned properly. It is a shame that the restaurant was not kept clean when diners were there.
A couple of Jinnah mocktails started off the evening. The classic Pino Colada was moreish with its combination of pineapple and coconut. The Strawberry Soother was a layered drink of strawberry puree with orange juice. A jug of Mango Lassi was super. It was not too filling like often is the case with lassis.
Jinnah does a mixture of cuisines. For something a bit different, the Arabic Mezze was chosen. This fresh mezze was made of hummus, moutabel and tabouli which was served with pitta bread and olives. The Vegetable Samosas had a thick pastry. The Aloo Chops were thin potato slices in a batter. Both the samosas and the aloo chops were fairly spicy. The charcoal grilled Paneer Tikka had a great flavour to them. The starters came with salad and chutneys.
For the mains, the favourite had to be the Vegetable Biryani. It was so flavoursome with the pilau rice, mixed vegetables and garlic. The raita on the side made a good addition. The Karahi Vegetable was great too. The combination of mixed vegetables cooked with tomatoes, ginger and garlic was a good dish. Jinnah does do tasty food. Soft fluffy fresh plain naans were just right to go with the Karahi Vegetable.
Jinnah gave us a relaxed evening with tasty food. It was worth trying out and hopefully they will improve on their service and cleanliness.
Jinnah, 99-109 Leeds Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5BLRating: