When it comes to takeaways, Indian is one of the go-to for many Brits.

So what better place to try a takeaway than from Stockton’s top Tripadvisor-rated Indian restaurant, Vadah. Located just opposite Castlegate and near the riverside, Vadah has been serving the region since April 2014 and serves a huge variety of Indian cuisine.

And in true Gavin and Stacey style, I attempted to make sure that the Indian food was scattered across the table so I could have a taste of every dish. I tried everything from tikka masala to balti, and here’s what I thought.

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When the takeaway arrived, I discovered it came with a package of free poppadoms, which was a welcome addition to my already large order. I found that I could’ve literally just eaten poppadoms and pickles and I’d have been extremely satisfied without even trying the rest of the food. The restaurant also offered 10% off for collection orders, which was a nice touch.



An onion bhaji and chicken tikka starter with naan

In terms of starters, I tried onion bhaji and chicken tikka with some naan bread, which was just as good as it sounds. I personally don’t think these should be called starters because I would happily have them as a main, they were incredibly tasty and, unlike some other takeaways, weren’t covered in oil and grease.

Although some people argue that it’s one of the less exciting curries, I loved the chicken tikka masala – it’s one of those that you can’t go wrong with. Vadah made a great one too, and the dish was practically spotless once the tasty naan bread had been used to scoop up extra masala sauce.

Another thing I thought was impressive was that every dish had a nice distinctive taste. Sometimes when you get an Indian, similar curries blend into one, but on this occasion, I thought each one had its individual stamp. The biryani (mixed rice dish) and vegetable curry, in particular, were brilliant additions to the order.



A combination of curries and rice from Vadah
A combination of curries and rice from Vadah

Out of all the food I tasted from Vadah, I have to say the naan bread was pretty spot on. I tried a couple of different ones, including garlic and plain, but the Peshwari naan was easily one of the best I’ve ever had. And this is pretty important too as a naan bread can often make or break an Indian. Although they are probably slightly smaller than a standard takeaway naan, the taste made up for it.

Final thoughts

It comes as no surprise why Vadah is rated 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor for 1,172 reviews, and in my opinion, the Indian has proven itself to be one of the best high-quality take-out options on Teesside. Would I go again? I think you can guess the answer to that one.

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