Not One, Not Two, but Five Rivers!

Five Rivers in Leatherhead is a hidden gem in the middle of “nowhere” in Surrey. It's a North Indian restaurant that has got some very impressive food. Leatherhead can easily be reached though if you are in areas like South London, Surrey and also parts of West Sussex and Kent. Or if you are staying in the area. I can not say strongly enough how much I recommend this place as it is one of the best Indian restaurants I’ve ever visited. The food was great, the staff were friendly and the overall experience was lovely.

When we arrived we were shown to our table and we got the menus. There was a lot of choice so while we decided what to have we had some popadoms. These were served with the traditional sauces and relish and tasted very nice. Mike and I decided to go for a vegetarian sharing platter of onion bahjis, vegetable samosas and pakoras. We got served a huge portion and everything tasted really nice. My favourite was the samosa as I’m a big samosa fan. We also got lovely raitha served with it which was lovely accompaniment to the fried dishes. Needless to say, we couldn't finish all our starter as we wanted to have room for our main course too. 

For my main course I had my normal Vegetable Biryani. It was lovely. Fresh and very tasty. On the menu it gave me the choice of having vegetable curry, raitha or tarka daal along it. I was very pleasantly surprised that I could chose cause I’d never seen that before in any Indian restaurant. I chose my favourite tarka daal which I love and this one was probably the best I have ever had. I loved it. Portions were plentiful, but I liked it so much that I cleared the plate. 

For Mike's main course he had Chicken Pathia. This was a delicious chicken curry which was recommended by the waiter. Hot sweet and sour with a tomato and onion suace. It was made a little stronger for him, vindaloo strength as he enjoy hot curries. It came to the table in a sizzling cast iron bowl. He had it with a very tasty special fried rice, which was near enough, a meal in itself. With lots of flavours and bits of chicken and prawns. Mike said he would definitely have this dish again as it was so tasty.

Mike really wanted something sweet after his dinner so after a lot of deliberation whether to have pudding or not, he went with a traditional Kulfi which was lovely presented in this beautiful bowl. 

The texture is a lot different to the ice cream that you're used to, but very nice and he enjoyed it very much. 

Five Rivers offers really good customer service and here are a few extra points earned at our visit:

-Waiter asked us if we wanted to wait a bit before we were served our main meal, which we thought was really good as we needed a little break after the lovely big starter. 

-Smiling and very friendly waiters and owner that always made sure that we had everything we needed. 

-Lovely atmosphere and spotlessly clean. 

-Lots of choice, both house specialities and the more traditional curries. 

We couldn't really fault the experience at all and left the restaurant just wanting to come back for more. 


*I was invited as a guest by Five Rivers, but all views are my own.