‘I tried Reading’s best takeaway and its katsu curry is better than Wagamama’

Everyone loves a takeaway but it can be hard to know which one to go for when there are so many options. If you live in central Reading you can order anything you like.

From burgers to bubble tea and Caribbean food to chocolate cake, websites like Deliveroo and Just Eat offer it all. In fact, there are 113 options alone for burgers. I think most would agree, however, that quality trumps quantity and that’s why I wanted to figure out what the best takeaway is in Reading. My expectations were high, and whilst they were not quite met, I was definitely surprised by the food I ended up with.

In my quest to find the ‘best’ takeaway I of course thought it best to consult the internet and where better to look than Tripadvisor? The website has an incredibly long list of the best takeaways in Reading, which is based somewhat on its star ranking system.

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The number one takeaway restaurant on the page was Coconut Bar and Kitchen in St Mary’s Butts. With a rating of four and a half stars and plenty of positive reviews, I thought this would be just the place for me.

Most reviewers had praised the katsu curry so I opted to order this. I then decided to order some greens as well for good measure. In the end, the pumpkin katsu curry cost me £10.50 and I ordered wok-fried Choi sum with garlic sauce for £4.50. The delivery came exceptionally quickly and the food was still hot.

When I opened up the bag, however, I found that one of my items was slightly different from what I had ordered. The Choi sum had been replaced with broccoli – but it still came in the same sweet garlic sauce. Whilst this could have cast a shadow on my review of the ‘best’ takeaway, I think this is part of the trade-off you make when you decide to order in. Sometimes the kitchen will run out of something and a quick decision has to be made.

I tried the broccoli out first and enjoyed the crunch and sweet and salty flavours of the garlic sauce. That being said, even though the sauce tasted nice, it was very wet and this made the broccoli a bit damp and droopy. Next up, I opened the pumpkin katsu curry and the smell that emanated from the box was absolutely divine. Immediately, I understood why there were so many reviews praising the dish.

The pumpkin katsu curry cost me £10.50.
The pumpkin katsu curry cost me £10.50.
(Image: Hannah Roberts)

I did ponder the fact that a katsu curry is pretty hard to mess up, but it was still a really nice treat. The salad was tangy with just the right amount of dressing on top and there was a generous offering of sauce alongside the rice and pumpkin.

The pumpkin itself was lovely and tender and the outside was beautifully crisp. I could barely finish the portion as it was quite large but I fought until the end to try and finish the delicious curry.

All in all, the takeaway didn’t blow my socks off and I was obviously surprised to get a different side dish, but it was definitely a lovely curry, with a perfect curry sauce to rice ratio – which is sometimes hard to get. Controversially, I also think it’s better than Wagamama’s katsu curry, which I know many people adore.

Tripadvisor’s top ten best takeaway restaurants in Reading

1. Coconut Bar and Kitchen

2. Spicemaster

3. Revolution

4. The Lyndhurst

5. Bella Italia

6. Quattro

7. Momo House

8. Gordon Ramsay Street Burger

9. Papa Gee

10. Buon Appetito

GetReading – Food & Drink Windsor