I enjoy a good curry and, luckily enough, my children don’t mind one either. However, I realise we have a limited pallet when it comes to choosing a curry. We rarely go outside our known food comfort zone so I was generally curious to be invited to a Wa! Curry, a buffet style curry restaurant in Oxford.
A curry buffet is a great idea if you’re in a bit of a curry rut, or with children. It’s easy way to try something new without wasting an entire dish, because you can go up to the food station as often as you like, sampling whatever you like *or until you’re full!*
I was lucky enough to sample Wa! Curry with a wonderful group of people from Oxfordshire Bloggers, and between us I think we tried everything on the menu! Prad, the restaurant owner was so helpful as we had a hundred & one questions to ask *we’re bloggers, you’d expect nothing else!* He’s clearly very hands on and involved in the restaurant, he really is passionate about the food he produces.
The curry flavours are amazing. I started with a plateful of starters and as I’m a fan of popadoms I did fill my plate, and helped myself to the pickles and the lovely, slightly spicy mango chutney sauce.
The Curry on the Buffet. Display of foods available fro
We then dived into the main courses and at one point I had five different curries on my plate, including a creamy chicken Korma, a rich rogan josh and vegetarian spinach paneer. A mild Chicken Butter Chicken, a Fish curry and vegetarian Saag Paneer were also among the various curries on the menu. I wasn’t brave enough to try the vindaloo but Carla did and vouched it was hot!
One plate five different curries…!
In addition to the buffet there’s a small menu. Off this we ordered some plain naan bread and a delicious meat sizzler, a hotplate dish of traditionally seasoned chicken served with rice, noodles, & tofu. This chicken was a mixture of legs & wings, which personally aren’t my favourite, but I can see this going down very well with the Little Shires. There’s such a huge vegetarian & vegan choice, and most dishes are gluten free too.
Naan breads available fresh to order
Wa! Curries tries to source its food locally where possible, and it’s Indian herbs & spices authentically, and it comes through in the flavours. It also has a meal promise which is to match every meal served in Oxford with a charitable donation to community projects in Uganda and Satara, India.
Photo Courtesy of Wa! Curry For every meal eaten money goes to charities in India and Uganda
Dessert was another buffet choice, ranging from jellies, and chocolate brownies to something that I ventured for – the Gulab Jamun. A traditional indian dish made from cheese which is fried and smothered in a sweetened sugar syrup & flavoured with saffron, cinnamon & other spices and topped with almond shavings. Yes, I know, cheese !! It tastes like a dense spongy texture but very, very sweet.
My chosen pudding – sweet cheese & syrup
Personally – I enjoyed it! There are lots of staff around who keep the food topped up, to ensure it stays fresh, who’ll answer questions about the food and clear your plates should you wish to go up for a second or third round. My only downside is that your palette could go a little topsy turvey. The trick is to go for curries all within a similar spice range. Switching from a sweet dish to spicy and back again to make can blur the tastebuds!
I think Wa! Curries will take off; it offers a real alternative to post cinema goer & people catching up with friends, and for families the buffet style allows children to sample a range of foods without feeling you’re wasteful.
I loved this meet up of Oxfordshire Bloggers – who knew our county was full of such great talent?!. Thank you to the lovely Mary (Over40AndMumToOne), Emma (Bubba Blue and Me), Carla (Toddle Babes) and keeper of Oxfordshire Bloggers Kate (Dark Tea) for a fabulous evening. We laughed from start to finish – the sign of a good evening. xx xx
Thank you Oxfordshire Bloggers Emma, Carla, Mary & Kate – it was a fun evening!
Disclosure: We were invited to Wa Curry to review its new menu FOC in exchange for an honest and true opinion
Wa! Curries is open 12-4pm daily and from 5-10.30pm Mon-Friday and 4.30-10.30pm on the weekends.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.