With its lively parade of South Asian restaurants and supermarkets (plus some Eastern European outposts!), Foleshill Road offers foodies one of the most unique and vibrant experiences to be had anywhere in Coventry. So why aren’t we shouting about it from the rooftops? In this occasional series, Food Covolution and friends try out some of the jewels of Foleshill Road, and encourage you to do the same!
Name: Nima’s Foods
Location: 525 Foleshill Road, Coventry CV6 5AU
Cuisine: Punjabi/Gujarati/South Indian/Indo-Chinese. Large selection of Indian sweets desserts and crackers. All food is vegetarian.
Welcome and Service: TripAdvisor has logged complaints about rudeness and long waits; this was not my experience. I found staff friendly, patient with my indecision about what to order and delighted to answer questions about the food.
Décor and ambiance: No-frills. Nima’s is primarily a takeaway, with eating-in a decidedly secondary consideration. If you want to go for it, and don’t mind eating off plastic trays using plastic knives and forks while staff and customers come and go around you, you’ll find a couple of small, wipe-clean tables tucked under away the stairs at the back. It’s not designed for lingering; but there’s no denying the place has character.
Food: Fabulous. Nima’s is all about taste; if you want faffy presentation, go elsewhere. What you’ll get here is a huge range of Indian snacks, street food and traditional down-home cooking (including a choice of about a dozen different curries, plus daily specials), all freshly-made on the day.
So I could sample as much as possible, I had a thaali, which included a pot of khadie (sour yogurt daal), rice, lovely soft chappatis, and two curries of my choice. I went for potato and onion and saag paneer. My friend had patra (a kind of roulade made of colocassia/taro leaves stuffed with chick pea flour and spices); dhokla (light savoury chick pea flour sponge) and mogo (cassava) chips. This is not the kind of food you’ll find either in your average suburban Indian, or in modern Indian fine dining establishments; it was more adventurous, it was unfamiliar (while still familiar enough) and it was all absolutely delicious – hot, spicy, comforting, honest and balanced. I used the last of the chappatis to make sure I mopped up every last drop.
Value for money: £6.50 for an eat-in normal thaali sounds good to me. The size of each individual part of the thaali wasn’t enormous, but it was good food, it hit the spot, and between the chappatis and the rice, there were enough carbs to make me feel agreeably full.
Vegan: All food is vegetarian. Dishes that include dairy (and gluten and other major allergens) are indicated on the menu.
Room for improvement?: Heavy dependence on single-use plastic is not the best look nowadays.
Food Hygiene Rating: 5 (Very Good)