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Review: Mon Mon Spice off A14 in Woolpit near Bury St Edmunds offers a curry feast

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Mon Mon Spice sits just off the A14 outside Woolpit, near Bury St Edmunds, next to a logistics centre and a café.

Fittingly, I'm visiting the Indian eatery - noted for its peppery cuisine - on a humid Friday night.

Feeling somewhat overdressed in my work gear, I'm greeted at the door by owner Jimmy Uddin, who ushers me into the restaurant.

The restaurant's interior
The restaurant's interior

The restaurant's interior, arrayed with tartan chairs and flowers, makes for a warm atmosphere, and I take my time glancing over the menu.

Mon Mon Spice's selection combines curry house classics with a range of specialities, including Mughlai mutton and chilli masala - although many of the spicier dishes are not recommended for unseasoned diners.

Settling for a back-to-basics dining experience, I order a sheek kebab.

Poppadom with dips
Poppadom with dips

The wait for my starter allows me to chow down on a poppadom, and to sample a generous assortment of dips.

The kebab was served up speedily, and it turned out to be just what I came looking for - hearty, no-nonsense, aromatic Indian fare.

After finishing my starter, it was a 15 minute wait before the main event, and I used the opportunity to soak in the decor.

Sheek kebab
Sheek kebab

Mon Mon Spice opened in February this year.

Mr Uddin, who hails originally from Hertfordshire, is an experienced restaurateur, and also runs a Thai establishment, the Fox, in Elmswell.

Dinner was eventually served on a trolley - a chicken korma with pilau rice, Bombay aloo and a keema naan.

Chicken korma, pilau rice, Bombay aloo and a keema naan
Chicken korma, pilau rice, Bombay aloo and a keema naan

Not wanting to overwhelm myself with this one-man feast, I took my time, moving through the dishes gradually.

The korma was suitably rich, and the creamy sauce agreed with my salty naan and with liberal helpings of potato, all washed down with a Coke.

I stepped out of Mon Mon Spice two hours later, fully convinced that this unusually-located restaurant was onto a winner.

Ratings out of five

Food: Classic, flavoursome curry house grub ****

Drink: A decent selection of wines and soft drinks ***

Decor: Warm, intimate premises, maintained spotlessly ****

Staff: Excellent, attentive waiting staff, and exceptional management *****

Price: A two-course meal with sides and a drink for just over £35 *****