To outsiders, Bridlington may not strike you as a hotbed of excellent curry houses and varied cuisine.
Famous for its sweeping bay and gorgeous beaches, Bridlington is more renowned for its traditional bed and breakfasts, hotels, rock and of course, its superb fish and chips.
Many don’t realise the seaside town is awash with plentiful helpings of all sorts of different food joints; varied enough to appeal to any preference and affordable enough to suit all depths of pocket.
If a spot-on curry is what you are after, then a spot-on curry you shall have. There are no less than four great Indian restaurants in Bridlington, and they are all superb.
What makes Joypur Tandoori Restaurant on Cliff Street special however, may not be immediately apparent at first.
Most of the premises is subterranean, meaning you’re more than likely to be facing a wall that’s in need of a good lick of paint, rather than enjoying your korma whilst people-watching through one of the two front windows.
But on a fairly drizzly Bank Holiday Sunday, my partner and I weren’t prepared to let that put us off.
We were parked close to the foot of the stairs in the underground dining area.
Our location was just out of the way enough to avoid clashing with the steady stream of bottle-clutching punters as they descended the stairs, and distanced enough from a rowdy gathering of 20-odd lads who had carted with them around 60 bottles of lager.
It should be noted at this point, that Joypur is a bring-your-own booze establishment.
But what it misses out on in terms of alcohol, it makes up for in offering a satisfying array of soft drinks. Though the initially puzzled look on our waiter’s face as we ordered a bottle of non-alcoholic Shloer pretty much said it all: “You haven’t brought your own alcohol? Wow.”
We skipped out on starters at the behest of my girlfriend, who told me my eyes are almost always bigger than my belly. She was totally right, however. After just over half-an-hour of waiting after placing our order, we were pleased to see Joypur’s portions were very generous.
Placed in front of us was one vegetable korma (for her) and one king prawn bhuna (for me), along with a large cheese naan and plenty of onion-fried rice.
The bhuna was brilliant and was different to what I’m used to. The dish tends to be more on the spicy side, which I would have preferred, but the fairly mild edition was just as flavourful.
My partner’s korma was fairly standard. We couldn’t knock it in anyway, and the chef should be credited with offering a great selection of vegetarian options.
Predictably, we were stuffed, so we forwent desert, paid our bill and left very content.
Joypur is a light-hearted and easygoing establishment. It’s not somewhere you’d go if a quiet, sit-down meal is what you’re after. But it’s a relaxed and friendly restaurant to head to with a group of friends. It’s somewhere to go while you’re still wearing shorts after a stroll along the esplanade.
With a fresh coat of paint and some updated furnishings, Joypur could be Bridlington’s best Indian.
Overall score: 7/10