Restaurants that describe themselves as serving Indian tapas are not simply bandwagoning on the Spanish finger food craze. They are making a very good point, that Indian cuisine, too, lends itself to small bites and sharing. Everyone likes to start with bhaji and pakora when they opt for Indian, but an entire Indian banquet remains ideal for friends and family willing to pass the balti. A relative newcomer to Halifax, Julep Indian Tapas & Wine Bar is already winning many fans over to the concept of Indian done tapas-style, and with stylish premises down Lord Street and a wine bar to boot, this one’s a keeper.
Julep Indian Tapas & Wine Bar is without a doubt one of Halifax and West Yorkshire’s best kept culinary secrets. Not much fuss has been made by the proprietors as yet, but the reviews are pouring in and are overwhelmingly positive. Setting up a very stylish shop, spread over two levels, down Halifax’s Lord Street, Julep are offering something unique to diners: fine Indian cuisine in a tapas style, with an excellent wine bar attached for drinks before, during, and after a shared banquet of smaller-sized – and very affordable – Indian dishes. Working your way through diminutive and beautifully presented biryani, curries, and tandoori specialties is a wonderful way to explore Indian cuisine.
Let’s run through a quick meal plan that’s typical of the experience offered down at Julep Indian Tapas & Wine Bar’s Lord Street premises. Start with poppadoms and a pickle selection, including a superlative hot mango pickle that goes well with the crispy onion bhaji. Out comes a sizzling hot plate with chicken tikka skewers. Next, a couple of less common curries, served with naan, chapati, and saag aloo. It does sound like a typical Indian dining experience, but at Julep it’s all designed to be shared – the portions are generous, but they’re not so mountainous that you won’t try other little delicacies from the diverse menu. And smaller, shareable portions does not mean that value for money goes out the window, either. This is some of the best, most adventurous Indian cuisine in Halifax, and it can all be washed down with a great selection of wine and draft beer from the in-house wine bar.
This was a recommendation from the hotel we were staying at. What a great recommendation. With so many restaurants to choose from asking a local always helps. This is not in the centre of Halifax but only about a 10 minute work from our hotel. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed which is always a good start. The menu was full of choice and the staff were there to help with any questions. The food was outstanding I prefer hotter curry and my partner prefer a less spicy curry and the reconditions were spot on. This is one of the best curries I have had so I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone. We had a great night thanks to the staff at this wonderful restaurant.
We had the buffet option which gave you 3 choices of starter and main.All choices were very tasty.Service very good including owner.We will go back to try the general menu.