My three day Indian feast with breakfast, snacks, dinner and sweet treats from Nottingham's Bombay Delicatessen

There can't be a sunnier spot (when the sun actually puts in an appearance) than inside Nottingham's new Bombay Delicatessen where light steams in through the big windows on the corner of Carrington Street and Canal Street.

The city's first Indian deli is a place you can visit for breakfast, snacks, street food, curries, sweet treats and even cocktails with a spicy touch. You can eat in or take away.

I take in the attractive surroundings, that have a homely feel with fringed lampshades and plenty of greenery from plants hanging overhead. The transformation from an empty shell is quite incredible with its vibrant red patterned wallpaper and a Mumbai to Nottingham mural with the Gateway of India and elephants to one side and Robin Hood outside Nottingham Castle on the other.

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Near the counter there's a photograph and heart-warming tribute to Jeet and Neelam Passan, founders of what was originally called the Bombay Sweet Shop, which opened in Hyson Green nearly 40 years ago. A few years ago their son Rahul took over and expanded the business.

There was a huge fanfare when the new deli opened in April with a queue down the street. I've walked past on a few occasions and it looked busy. When I visited on Friday morning was peaceful and as the only customer there was no wait at the counter.

There's 11 different breakfasts to choose from such as masala aloo croissant, filled with spiced potato and cheese, and a chill chicken grilled sandwich. I pick a chilli cheese omelette parantha and a masala chai. At first I think I've been overcharged going by the prices on a board on the wall.

It's only then I spot a sign near the till saying there's a 20 percent VAT charge for food eaten on the premises or any takeaway food that's heated up. It's something to be aware of.

Within a minute of settling in a seat the masala chai is served in a kulhad-style cup - basically a small mug without a handle. I don't normally have sugar in my tea but this is delicately sweetened and has a pleasant balance of spices such as cloves and cinnamon. At £3.85 it's quite pricy so next time I'll probably just have a standard brew.

The food arrives, served by the same young woman who was behind the counter. She's very polite and smiley. The parantha is a warm and soft flatbread. The omelette has melted cheese in the middle and red flecks which look like chilli flakes. It comes with pots of tangy chutney, spicy lime pickle and cooling yoghurt.

It certainly awakens the taste buds in the morning and beats a bowl of Corn Flakes or a slice of toast and marmalade for flavour. Even though the bread and omelette are light, it quite filling, making it hours before I need to eat again. When you've got a full stomach it's tricky to look at more food but I'm resilient enough to return to the counter to order a takeaway for over the weekend.

The following day at home it's time to tackle some of the snacks I've bought. I defy you to find a bigger onion bhaji anywhere. It's about the size of a cricket ball as you can see from the photo... I can only just hold it in my hand. But is bigger better? In this case yes. After a few minutes in an air fryer to warm it up, the coating crisps up nicely and inside there's loads of soft spicy onion.

The vegetable samosa is such good value for £1. Thinking back to the time my husband tried to make them at home he got so annoyed as the filo pastry kept ripping that it ended up in the bin. Never again. Leave it to the experts, who here have crafted a triangular pastry parcel packed with spiced diced potatoes and peas. Before you think what a greedy guts, I did (reluctantly) share both the snacks.

Day three is curry night, once again at home. If eating in, you'd have to be done when it closes at 7.30pm. We weren't given any heating instructions so relied on guess work to warm them through.

Classic lamb karahi contains melt-in-the-mouth chunks of meat, very tender and flavoursome. The sauce is rich with a good kick to it but it's rather on the oily side. The mutter paneer is delicious. It was years before I tried paneer, which is described as cottage cheese - but it's nothing like those pots of mushy cottage cheese in the shops. For a start it has a much better texture and is quite firm. There's plenty of it, along with peas, in a tasty tomato and onion sauce.

I've also gone off on a tangent, getting a chilli chicken from the Indo Chinese section, just to see what it's like. A thick and sweet chilli sauce with chunks of peppers and onion make it a dish I'd definitely order again.

There was no pilau ready at the time I visited the deli so we have plain rice and a plain naan bread as accompaniments. Bonus points for using recyclable cardboard containers - and in case you're wondering they didn't leak at all.

Normally we'd end any curry feast there and then as none of us are big fans of sugary Indian desserts or sweets. But like a magnet I was drawn to the sweet samosas - and I'm glad I was.

I've always said pastry and chocolate don't do it for me - but I've been proved wrong. The salted caramel and chocolate samosa is heavenly. So are the dark chocolate and orange and Ferrero chocolate samosas, especially the thick chocolate coating them. Even my daughter who doesn't like any kind of pastry normally declares "they're lovely".

There's no faulting the flavours over the last three days. I noticed a few one star reviews for the service but hopefully that was just a teething problem that comes with opening a new venue.

Our three-day feast cost:

Chilli cheese omelette parantha £8.40 (takeaway £7)

Masala chai £3.85 (takeaway £3.20)

Vegetable samosa £1

Onion bhaji £1.80

Mutter paneer £7.50

Lamb karahi £10.50

Chilli chicken £9.50

Basmati plain rice £2.50

Plain naan £1.20

Chocolate samosa £3.20 each