Harappa Urban Indian Cuisine, as this Stockport curry house’s name suggests, offers a fusion of foods and flavours culled from across the Asian subcontinent, of the sort you’d expect to find in the capitals of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan – and even Nepal. The specialist chefs in this cosmopolitan kitchen down Higher Hill Gate in the Brinnington area are also deeply invested in the traditions of spices, their blending and the insights into the health benefits of these ancient culinary arts provided by modern science. None of this gets in the way of taste, however, and Harappa offers some of the finest (and most informed) Indian and Asian subcontinental cuisine in the Greater Manchester region.
Harappa Urban Indian Cuisine can quite rightly claim to home to masters of both traditional and forward-thinking Asian subcontinental cuisine. The experts behind this Stockport Indian restaurant use cooking techniques that bear out modern nutritional science, and know their spices from the perspective of medical botany; at the same time, the chefs are well-versed in the millennia-old culinary arts of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, and the Ayurvedic understanding that has for a long time communicated, if in an esoteric fashion, the health benefits of certain spices. A visit to Harappa’s Higher Hill Gate premises in Brinnington is both a pleasurable and healthful indulgence.
Aniseed, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, mustard, nutmeg, saffron, tamarind, turmeric, clove, garlic and yoghurt. These are just some of the spices and ingredients that science has put under the microscope, only to find that the ancient Ayurvedic traditions have been right all along – there are measurable health benefits to be reaped by consuming these fragrant commodities, and it’s these that Harappa Urban Indian Cuisine judiciously use in their spice blends and superlative dishes, whose recipes are drawn from across the Asian subcontinent, sometimes fused into uniquely modern creations. Signature dishes at this Stockport Indian restaurant, found along Higher Hill Gate in the Brinnington area, include chef’s recommendations like the fiery Nepalese gorkali chicken and the pot-roasted lamb, which uses a special Bengali masala mix. Harappa also offers a couple of ways you can pick and mix your ingredients and cooking style, allowing you to explore the delicious culinary combinations that the universe of Asian subcontinental offers. A truly unique restaurant in the Greater Manchester region.
I was pleasantly surprised with the superb quality of food, the range on the menu and the service. I would thoroughly recommend it. I would particularly recommend the starter platter.