We visited this lovely restaurant on spec, not having read or heard anything about it prior to our visit. We were made welcome, even though it was about 8pm and the restaurant was clearly extremely busy with diners plus takeaway customers. The young waiter told us that he would clear us a table if we would wait a short time. We did this and the table was cleared He asked what we wanted to drink. the drinks came quickly and he then informed us that they were very short-staffed that night, both in the kitchen and front of house.
We did have to wait a short while for the food because it was very busy, but not for ages and the atmosphere was friendly and nobody complained.
The food was really delicious! There was not the overuse of ghee that some Indian restaurants seem to go in for, so the dishes were light. The okra was delicious and fresh in flavour and slightly al dente in texture, not at all slimy, as okra can be.
I am not going to describe each dish, all were delicious, but I do have to mention the rice. I just had plain rice, but it was the best I have ever had in an Indian restaurant. It was light, fairly dry rather than soggy and perfectly cooked. It turned out that the young man who had been brought out of the kitchen to help the young waiter front of house was the person who had also cooked the rice. He was delighted by my compliment. (I come from a rice-based culture and find rice is often badly cooked in the UK).
We wil be definitely returning, even within the week we are staying here. Huge compliments to the chef for his delicious food and an enormous "thank you" to the two valiant young men who served us! They deserve a medal from the owner of the restaurant for coping so well on such a busy night with charm and unflappable politeness combined with a friendly concern for the enjoyment of all their customers.
I have eaten out a great deal over the years, including in a good number of Michelin- starred restaurants in the UK and abroad. I appreciate delicious food and good service. This restaurant has both, even when both the kitchen and the restaurant are very short-staffed.
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