Whilst driving through Timperley Village recently I noticed the Hilal Indian restaurant and was aware that I haven’t eaten there for years. So, to make amends, we visited the following evening.
Situated in the middle of Timperley Village, the Hilal is easily located and there is lots of free parking nearby.
The Hilal has been serving the Timperley community since 1969 and I believe the same family have retained ownership. The restaurant is spacious, light and comfortably furnished and decorated. When we arrived at 6:45 pm there were just two families dining, although the restaurant was half full by the time we left. We were warmly greeted, seated, menus provided and the initial order taken for lagers and poppadoms to sustain us as we perused the extensive menu, which is also available on their website.
The wine and bar list are comprehensive and reasonably priced, but we decided to stay with Cobra lager for the evening. For a starter I had a delicately flavoured prawn & mango puree whilst my friend had Tandoori Jinghe, which are spicy king prawns. The large size of the starter portions surprised us. We went for our favourite ‘do it yourself ’ banquet; Chicken Shashlik, which is marinated chicken, capsicum, onion, tomato, mushroom, barbecued on a skewer; and Gosht Makhani, which is lamb marinated in a spicy, creamlike sauce then tandoori grilled. Just in case there wasn’t enough there we ordered a supporting cast of keema naan (naan bread with spicy mince inside), sagg aloo (a lovely combination of spinach and potatoes) and pilau rice.
The meal arrived looking delicious, and was nicely presented on the table. All of the flavours were excellent and each dish and side dish seemed to compliment and accentuate their table-fellows.
You will have guessed by now that our order far outstripped our capacity to finish and our smiling, helpful waiter packed the remainder into doggy bags.
The Hilal also offers a takeaway service and we saw a steady stream of customers taking advantage of this.
This return visit to the Hilal made me wonder why I had left it so long. The staff were polite and helpful. This is stylish Indian cooking from a widely varied menu, well prepared and delivered with
efficient, cheerful service. The bill came to £70, which is very good value for what we had, including a second dinner in the doggy bag, (which didn’t last long).
Atmosphere 8/10 (Early evening)
Food 9/10 Value for money 10/10
Will we return? Absolutely!