We've all been there, haven't we? It gets to the end of a busy week and the last thing you want to do is cook a meal. Not only does the thought of slaving over a hot oven bring you to metaphorical tears, but the big pile of washing up afterwards? No chance. That's when the takeaway delivery person becomes your new best friend.
There's nothing better than having a bag full of piping-hot tasty food bought to your door, while you sit and wait with your feet up. The only problem is finding a decent takeaway that you can trust; it can sometimes take a bit of trial and error to find a good one. However, when it comes to Chinese or Thai food don't worry, I've done the hard work for you - you can't go wrong with The New Royal Dragon on Sheen Lane.
They serve quality food that isn't oily or greasy, with generous portion sizes that include a good quantity of fresh meat and vegetables. Their menu (which is all online) is varied with a range of appetisers, dim sum, soups, sweet & sour dishes, meat & seafood dishes, curries – of both Thai and Chinese variety, vegetables & tofu choices, along with loads of rice and noodle options. It is hard to make a choice that's for sure, although if you're feeling particularly indecisive there are five set menus for up to 4 people.
New Royal Dragon offer free home delivery within a three mile radius (minimum order £12) and even though they say to allow 30-45 minutes for the food to arrive, it always seems to be a lot quicker from my experience. If you live near enough you can pop in and wait for your order; the waiting area is clean and welcoming, and there are certificates for good hygiene and cleanliness on the walls, which is always reassuring.
For mine and hubby's most recent takeaway (we're guilty of having one quite often now we're parents stuck at home on a Friday night!) I decided on Chicken with Honey & Chilli Cashew Nuts priced at £5.20, and hubby (a veggie) always opts for Mixed Vegetables with Chilli Flavour Sauce priced at £4.50 and then asks for some cheeky cashews to be thrown in too.
To accompany this we had Crispy Seaweed (minus the dry fish on top) costing £3.90, Mini Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Sauce for £3.20, and a Large Egg Fried Rice for £3.80. A free bag of prawn crackers is usually snuck in too.
All of this came to just over £21, which isn't too bad and probably not a lot more expensive than if you bought in all the ingredients to cook. We purchased a nice bottle of red wine to wash it all down with (not from them, but they do sell soft drinks) and once the food was all dished up on plates, and we'd lit a candle and put some music on, it almost felt like we were dining in a posh restaurant. Then with minimum washing up to do afterwards, we could just kick back and relax in front of the TV. A perfect Friday night in!