Comedy and Curry night at Genting Casino, DerbyPublished On Sunday 12 Mar 2017 by Sticky Beak
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It’s been a while since The Boy Wonder and I were at Genting Riverlights Casino in Derby; we always enjoy our food at the Fahrenheit Bar and Grill. On this occasion however we weren’t going to be taking in the beautiful ambience of Fahrenheit, we were being entertained in the private function room at the back of the casino floor.
Josh, the manager of Fahrenheit, has organised a series of Comedy and Curry nights in aid of Treetops Hospice and it was the first one of these that he had asked us to. For the price of £25 per person you get Poppadoms and pickles, a choice of Vegetable or Chicken Curry, Rice and Naan Bread, as well as the Comedian and a £20 “spin to win” bet.
We had our photo taken at the reception area, checked our coats in and headed up the escalator to the Bar, Restaurant and Casino area. There were already quite a few people in enjoying pre-dinner drinks and Dan came over to enquire if they were guests for the Charity event and making sure they were settled and happy.
Seating for the event was at 7.30pm prompt and the bar team were busy carrying drinks through on trays as Dan and Josh escorted guests into the function room and seated them at the tables laid with pristine white cloths. There were a couple of large groups in, so His Nibs and I joined a table that had a group of 5 and another couple on; immediately we all introduced ourselves and struck up conversations with everyone. It was nice that nobody wanted to be alone, although there was a table for two set as well in case anyone had wanted that option.
A couple of young ladies came to see if further drinks were required, taking orders and going to the bar to fetch them. I decided to have a Gin and Tonic; His Nibs had a pint of Stella Artois lager. Whilst this was going on we were all tucking into the wonderfully crispy Poppadoms and Pickles. There were 5 Poppadoms for every two people and separate little dishes of Pickles at every other seat, so there was plenty to enjoy and take the edge off any hunger. Three Pickles were on offer; Mango Chutney, Tomato, Onion and Coriander relish and Minted Raita (which had a beautiful thick texture to it, made with a really smooth, creamy Yoghurt).
As everyone was munching away on the starter there was a lovely mix of chatter and laughter around the room, making a great atmosphere. Members of Josh’s’ team came and cleared the starter plates away and the ladies asked if drinks were needed again. We opted to have a bottle of wine to enjoy with our curries and to see us through the comedy slot; our tipple of choice was the Pinot Blush and it was a very nice selection.
Before long, fresh plates were being placed before us laden with bowls of mouth-wateringly good smelling curries, portions of steamed rice and mini Naan breads. There was plenty of chicken in the curries, which were in a Tomato-based sauce. It’s always a tricky task to please everyone when making curry on a large scale, some people like mild curries, others like them hot; the Chef managed to get the balance right as there wasn’t any heat to the curry, but it had plenty of taste and flavour to it.
The couple seated next to me were an excellent case in point as the husband is like my Daddy Bird and doesn’t particularly like spice, whereas the lady (who had the vegetable curry) said hers was certainly spicier than ours; she also tried the meat curry and said that it was just as nice. Talking to the other guests on our table the consensus was that it was a good curry and that the whole portion size was more than filling without leaving you stuffed. This is important I think, because we were all then going to remain seated at the tables for the Comedians show and I can’t imagine anything more uncomfortable than feeling bloated.
Without any more ado it was time for the Comedian, Bill Woolland, to strut his stuff, and strut it he certainly did! There was plenty of banter flying back and forth between Bill and us all and because it was a small scale gig (not an arena) you really did feel involved. Surprisingly, there was a distinct lack of profane language which is a refreshing change to be honest, and it in no way detracted from the quality of the content. Time flew by and the evening was over all too soon, but Bill made time at the end to come round the tables and have a relaxed chat with everyone which I thought was a nice touch.
We all eventually meandered out onto the Casino floor with our Spin to Win tickets in hand, hoping to win our fortunes on the Roulette tables. I’m sad to report that drinks won’t be on me dear readers; I tried and failed in my quest to beat the house.
It had been a great evening and I would definitely recommend it as a fun night out. The next Comedy and Curry night is being held on 12th May 2017 and has a Peter Kaye Tribute comedian for you to enjoy. John Scott is the comedian on July 7th 2017 and Mr Jamie Sutherland will be the entertainment on the final Comedy and Curry night (of this run) on September 8th 2017. Don’t forget that you will also be supporting the fantastic charity, Treetops Hospice that cares for sufferers of Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and their families.
Josh is hoping to run another series of these events in the future, so if you can’t make any of these dates, don’t panic; you will get another opportunity to enjoy this brilliant evening.
Tickets for all three nights are still available, so to book just call 01332 387690 or visit www.gentingclubriverlights.com. Josh and his wonderful team will make sure you have a fantastic night; you can be assured of that :)