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). Beautifully presented with a small side salad and some drizzled sauce….

Shantii Restaurant Formby Merseyside Indian Bangladeshi Curry Review

Shantii Restaurant Formby Indian Bangladeshi Paneer Starter

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

Shantii Restaurant Formby - starter onion bhaji

Shantii Restaurant Formby – starter onion bhaji

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

Shantii Restaurant Formby 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

Shantii Restaurant Formby Saag Aloo side dish

 

Shantii Restaurant Formby Brenzal Bhaji side dish

Shantii Restaurant Formby Brenzal Bhaji side dish

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

Shantii Restaurant Formby Pilau Rice with Chick Peas

Shantii Restaurant Formby 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, authentic and with a chilli kick in all the right places
Presentation was on another level.

All in all, a superb meal at competitive prices.

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)
And 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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