After recently enjoying an excellent meal, here is my eat-in review of Shantii Restaurant, in Formby, Merseyside.

This was my first visit after many recommendations from friends who love a good curry, so I was excited to try its Indian and Bangladeshi-inspired menu, with a friend, on a Friday evening.

The relatively compact venue is clean, smart, bright and modern. Our reserved table was ready for us and the service was friendly and efficient throughout.


We began with starters. Mine was lightly-spiced paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese). It was certainly presented with care and attention, with a small side salad and some drizzled sauce….

Shantii Restaurant Formby Merseyside Indian Bangladeshi Curry Review

Paneer ( Indian cottage cheese) starter

My friend sampled Onion Bhaji, which were light, crisp and presented well.

Shantii Restaurant Formby - starter onion bhaji

Starter dish – onion bhaji


As can be seen below, for mains, I had one of their “Exclusive Dishes” – Nagga Zee (£10.95)
This was a hottish dish with chicken, lamb, king prawn and seekh kebab, cooked in a tightly-bound sauce of spinach, spring onion, peppers, cherry tomato, garlic, ginger and nagga chillies.

Shantii Restaurant Formby Nagga Zee Main Curry

A Shantii special – Nagga Zee Main Curry

Side dishes of Saag Aloo (£4.75) – potatoes and spinach and Brenzal Bhaji (£4.75) – baby aubergines coated in a spicy dry sauce.

Shantii Restaurant Formby Saag Aloo side dish

Saag Aloo (potato and spinach) side dish


Shantii Restaurant Formby Brenzal Bhaji side dish

Brenzal Bhaji (spicy aubergine) side dish

Accompanied by Channa Rice at £3.20 ( Basmati rice fried with chick peas).

Shantii Restaurant Formby Pilau Rice with Chick Peas

Pilau rice with chick peas


The standard of cooking was excellent – care was evidently taken in the food preparation and the quality of ingredients appeared high. Flavours were delicate and authentic, although there was a chilli kick in all the right places
Accordingly for a top quality restaurant, presentation was on another level.

All in all, a superb meal at competitive prices.

Furthermore, free parking is available outside and all around the area.

Shantii Restaurant is highly recommended for a classy night out. They are open 7 days a week (evenings only, except Sunday, when they serve a buffet)
Indeed you can call them direct on 01704 878485

PRO TIP: be sure to try their unique bottled Indian lagers and cider – the likes of which I hadn’t seen before.

Shantii Restaurant Formby Peacock Indian Cider

Shantii Restaurant Formby Peacock Indian Cider

“Thanks for reading this restaurant review – Paul
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If you would like to read another of my food reviews, here is my review of Great Himalayas Nepalese Restaurant in Southport – another gem of a venue.

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