To say under a year ago the former Shaw’s Depository was merely an empty warehouse, the bosses behind the new Michael’s Indian Restaurant haven’t half given it an impressive makeover.
Aside from leaving the familiar Shaw’s sign among the brickwork, the imposing landmark has been completely gutted and stunningly refurbished.
My husband and I certainly had a jaw dropping moment after opening the attractive glass doors and stepping into the huge 180-cover restaurant.
Delicate chandeliers hang beautifully next to the contemporary bar in the main restaurant area, where an impressive wooden staircase takes diners up to a mezzanine floor.
While it must take the crown as one of the largest restaurants on the Fylde, Michael’s still manages to maintain an intimate dining experience with a side room with sofas for customers to lounge on once they’ve had their fill.
Friendly staff took us up to our table on the mezzanine level, which – despite being on the warm side, especially when you’re eating hot food! – is a great area to soak up the atmosphere.
We’d always enjoyed takeaways from Michael’s sister restaurant in Thornton but the dishes got our taste buds tingling even more in the surroundings of the plush Whitegate Drive venue.
A chutney tray and poppadoms, mixed starter, two main courses, rice and the most ginormous nann bread I’ve ever set eyes on - all washed down with some refreshing Kingfisher on draught – came to reasonably priced £46.
And having the bar area to relax in afterwards in was a welcome treat before we managed to waddle out of the door.
Mixed Starter - Tasty onion bhaji, succulent chicken tikka, chatty Patay, seekh kebab and samosa.
Punjabi Masala - Beef cooked in a tandoori medium strength sauce, giving the dish a tangy taste
Balti Chicken - Succulent chicken tikka cooked with a hint of spinach in a rich bhuna sauce - one of our menu highlights
Mushroom Rice - Made a nice change from the pilau rice we normally opt for
Garlic Nann Bread - The huge naan breads is perfect for sharing - but even between two people it’s a feat to finish!
GAZETTE RATING: 9/10