Visited on a Saturday night on 3 course dineout menu. Arrived relatively early so restaurant very quiet with only two tables taken, however by the time we left it was beginning to buzz. There were plenty of staff around, looking extremely smart, and contrary to other reviews, not at all pushy. Just very attentive and very sincere, no contrived chat, they were actually concerned with how your food was. Menu is heavily supplemented, to be expected in a restaurant of this quality with this deal on, however I do think its very bad to add a £1 supplement simply for adding meat to your curry (I am talking chicken here, not prawns etc). this needs looking at.
Partner had chicken poori, very nice but also had a £1 supplement - decent portion size, not too syrupy and came with nice crisp salad. My haggis samosa was a single, I must say measly portion - I found myself cutting it into tiny bits to make it last. It was nice, more about the novelty I suppose than taste. Our curries, a malaindar, which was fresh, full of the flavour of the spinach, garlic and cream, and a chasni which was sweet, slightly sharp and a perfect consistency, were both lovely. maybe 5 small/medium pieces of chicken, which for a normal appetite is fine. We paid extra for garlic naan (another £1) and it was delicious and fresh. Our dessert was frankly awful. Ice cream, which is fine if it's decent, was served in a cheap plastic dish with a dollop of sad cream beside it. We both had chocolate, and it was full of ice chunks, flavourless, and my partner joked it crumbled like cold sand. It wasn't palette-cleansing and kind of put a slight downer on the end of the meal.
Highlights were the service, the quality of the curry, and the price point for such an established place. Lows were the amount of supplements (I would say half the menu had a supplement) and the ice cream quality. If you can afford ALC here do it, but this is a nice way to sample the overall feel.
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Nicola McPherson - 08/01/2013