It's not every day that a member of the TATTGOC brotherhood gets hitched. And it's even rarer that such a day of celebration can also be combined with an excellent curry. But, recently, one such glorious occasion occurred. And it was all thanks to Curry Club's ever-gallus design guru Lime Pickle and his beautiful fiancee – and now blushing bride – Sandi. So let's take this opportunity to raise a glass and wish them every happiness in their future life together. To Nick and Sandi!
OK, with that out the way ... what about the scran? Trampy and The Tramp wasted no time seeking out the menu, which was both enticing and wide-ranging. The generous selection of starters consisted of chilli chicken, seekh kebab, fish pakora – and for the vegetarians, some aloo tikka, chilli paneer and chickpeas. Mmmm. The main courses included chicken jalfrezi, lamb punjabi masala plus some veggie-friendly daal makhani, mutter puneer and panjabi tinda, accompanied by pilau rice, naan and roti, with raita and salad too. Feast your eyes below, and remember – you can click on the wee pictures to see them in all their mouthwatering glory.
That last was the gulab jamin for dessert, which was simply divine, and there were also mango kulfis, which the excitable kids went a bundle for, possible because they came in plastic cones shaped a bit like Daleks. All in all, what an amazing spread. Throw in a Scotch egg and an Auld's coffee halo and Lime Pickle would have been crying even more.
With four active members (including, of course, the groom) in attendance, plus a couple of Missing In Action refugees too, it was like a mini Curry Club, albeit one in slightly more formal livery than usual. But more than that, it was a genuine hootenanny for the senses – and after a quick straw poll, it was decreed that this was the best wedding meal any of our number had ever experienced. And best of all, it just kept on coming! Truly, this was the happiest day of our lives. And like many of our traditional Curry Club excursions, one of the most memorable moments was kept until last. There was no need to faff around with a bill for the food, obviously, but the newly-married Mr Pickle was later confronted with a bar tab (above) that packed quite a punch. Still, it was aye worth it, eh? It certainly brought a tear to both Trampy and The Tramp's eyes...
Additional photography by Steely Dansak