One of my favorite Indian restaurants in Bath is Bikanos on Widcombe Parade, a family run restaurant offering delicious and authentic cuisine from the Rajasthan region of India.
The owner and staff are super friendly, always smiling and they always remember you even if you’ve only been there once.
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I think the food is delicious, homemade, unpretentious, it’s not Dishoon but it’s so much more friendly, simple, affordable and authentic.
Reviews of Bikanos on Tripadvisor are superlative, some people say it is the best Indian food they have ever tasted.
There is something special about Bikanos. There are plenty of great Indian restaurants in Bath, but this style of cafe, neighborhood one, is just a lovely place with lovingly cooked comfort food.
I go there a lot and have my favorite dishes but there are lots of unusual choices for starter and main course, meat, fish, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, good prices too.
I went last week with friends on a Friday night, it was quite cold outside so I was so glad I booked a heated table at the great Bikanos.
Again that wonderful warm smile when I walked in from the owner even though it was so busy the restaurant was packed and there were lots of people waiting for take out. Although it is a cafe-style interior, there is still a great atmosphere.
I just have to have the poppadoms with dips every time, the dips are absolutely delicious with the most sublime lime pickle and not too hot. The portions at Bikanos are extremely generous, everyone dives in as soon as the basket of poppadoms arrives.
I think at this point I almost ate all the dishes in Bikanos, but that night we thought we would share a few starters.
I love the Dosa Masala, a rice and lentil pancake stuffed with medium spiced potatoes served with sambar and coconut chutney.
There’s more than enough for two and although technically a side dish in India, I like it as a starter, it’s something different. The potatoes were wonderfully spiced and the coconut chutney the perfect companion. At £7.99, this dish is great value and there’s plenty for two to share.
There is a full bar in Bikanos which is very handy, you can have a beer if you don’t fancy wine.
We had a nice Portillo Malbec from the Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina, which I thought had a nice spice and went well with Indian cuisine. There were three of us so I felt justified in also ordering one of my favorite entrees.
The Tandoori Jhinga, king prawns marinated in ginger garlic paste and yoghurt cooked in a clay oven are just to die for, I have had it almost every time and at 9.99 very good value price quality.
It did not disappoint, the prawns were succulent and delicious and the ginger paste so good.
For main, I had Kashmiri Lamb Rogan Josh, another favorite of mine, diced lamb slowly simmered with onions, tomatoes and Indian spices, finished off with a generous sprinkle of fresh coriander. It did not disappoint, the lamb was so tender and beautifully marinated and slow cooked with the perfect blend of spices and herbs. It’s a great dish, the sauce so thick and intense, a great Rogan Josh.
My friend had the Dum Biryani with chicken, another big but very delicious mainstay at Bikanos. Basmati rice cooked on dum (slow cooking in airtight pots) with saffron, cardamom and mint served with a yoghurt flavored with roasted garlic. One of the good things about Biryani dishes is that you don’t have to order rice, everything comes together and it is beautifully flavored, a complete dish in its own little pot.
At £11.99 each for these mains I think Bikanos is good value, the portions are so generous it’s easy to get a few different dishes and share.
I really love this little authentic Indian restaurant, a great addition to the already great Widcombe. My favorite Indian in Bath did not disappoint, I will be back again and again, I am so lucky to live nearby.
The Bikanos restaurant is also open for take-out. For more information Click here.