Melton Road and Belgrave Road are now known as the Golden Mile in Leicester. All through growing up, a trip to Leicester would be incomplete if Melton Road was not visited. It would be to the many Indian sweet shops and sari shops that would be the highlights of Melton Road.
Spoilt for choice on this visit to Leicester, Dakshin was recommended especially for its dosas. Dakshin has the good location of being central and is known for its South Indian vegetarian cuisine. It has a simple set up of tables and a vibrant orange colour theme. The kitchen is towards the back of the restaurant. Service was fast and efficient. The food was brought out quickly after ordering. There are no fancy plates and the like, but the food is very tasty.
The Masala Dosa was huge and the separate colourful chutneys were sectioned off in their segmented areas of the plate. The sambar was provided in a separate little bowl. The staff were happy to give us a refill of the sambar when we asked for it. The Masala Dosa was a complete meal. The dosa, which was made from a rice and lentil batter, was thin and crispy. It was filled with a delicious potato curry.
The Chilli Paneer was a big portion and Dakshin gave generous amounts of the crispy paneer cubes. It was in a tangy sauce with sliced peppers and onions and some lettuce on the side. Both dishes were flavoured well and the spice levels were just right.
The meal at Dakshin was filling and comforting. Other dishes that were coming out of the kitchen including the dal, rice and biriyani, all looked equally enticing.
Dakshin, 150 Belgrave Road, Leicester, LE4 5ATRating: