Restaurant Review: Atithi, Cambridge

The winter menu has launched at Atithi; a popular Indian restaurant in Cambridge.

Since opening its doors on Mill Road eight months ago, Atithi has established itself as one of Cambridge’s leading Indian restaurants. Don’t expect your usual list of curries, rice and sides. The menu serves up an interesting variety of dishes packed with Indian flavours, inspired by cuisines from around the world.

The winter menu is full of hearty choices, perfect for warming up on a cold evening. There’s something to suit all tastes with a good choice of vegetarian, fish and meat options.

For starters we opted for the recommended deep fried soft shell crab with chick peas masala hummus (priced £7.95) and Dhungar lamb chops and tongue shami kebab (priced £11.50), which had some heat. A good choice if you like spicy foods. I was also tempted by the stuffed paneer.


I’m not great at making decisions and the choice of tasty mains made it difficult. Tandoori rabbit, hydrabadi lamb shank and lobster neerull are accompanied by more traditional dishes such as railway canteen curry and butter chicken.

My guest chose railway canteen curry;  a lamb curry finished with classic South Indian spices and potatoes (priced £14), which he devoured. I opted for Malabar prawn curry (priced £14.50), after learning it was the chefs favourite dish. It was full of chunky tiger prawns covered in a light garlic, mango, coconut and turmeric sauce.

If you have enough room for dessert the creamy mango sorbet is worth every calorie. Or perhaps try the more unusual Gajar Ka Halwa; a homemade heritage carrot fudge.

The menu changes three times a year to reflect the season and produce. There’s also the option of a seven course tasting menu.

Thanks to its established team, founder Marukh Akhtar, a British Pakistani Female Restauranteur and hotelier, award-winning head chefs and experienced manager, it’s easy to see why you’ll need to make a weekend reservation here.

Atithi, 52 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2AS

Tel:  01223 662102 | Book a table at

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