Visited this restaurant with my wife earlier this week. The restaurant’s position within the Lock’s Heath Centre makes it very dark and completely window-less after walking past the reception area. So instantly you get a feeling of being in a basement (not the best of starts). The tables aren't covered, so a dated look is portrayed from the dark coloured wood table tops.
The service was too efficient – the dish warmer, rice and main course dishes were removed from our table literally within a minute of us putting our rice and curry’s on our plates! So, you can imagine, with no table cloth and just 2 plates on the table, it felt like you were sat at a café!
Starters were quite nice, even though mine weren't presented very well. My Tandoori Mixed kebab was served in a small bowl; one half of the dish was salad which looked like it was very close to it’s “use by” and the other half of the dish was the meat, stacked up in a pile. The presentation meant the dish looked like a tiny portion (even though it wasn't) and the salad was off putting. Saying that though, the meat was cooked very well, and tasted nice. My wife had the Tiger Prawn Puri which was presented a lot better than my dish, and tasted good.
I am a big curry eater, so I know what most of the common curry dishes are like, not just chilli heat wise but also taste, appearance and consistency of sauce etc. I ordered a Chicken Tikka Jalfrazi (i.e the chicken used has been cooked in the Tandoor prior to being used in the curry), and I don’t know what other people’s experience of a Jalfrazi are but I certainly expected it to be a curry which contains sauce; no, not this one, it was completely dry and with lots of chunks of onion. Additionally, Jalfrazi’s are on the hotter side of the chilli scale (it had 2 chillies against it in their menu, indicating it was one of the hottest curry’s they did), and normally they have whole green chillies in them. Well this dish was so mild I could have mistaken it for a chicken tikka dish (you know, the ones which normally come on skillets) coupled with the lack of any sauce whatsoever! My keema rice was spicier (seriously!). My wife had one of their house special dishes which was nice, but overall, the main course was nothing special.
We didn’t stay for desserts, so cant comment on them.
Overall, I felt quite underwhelmed by this restaurant; the food wasn't bad, but nothing special, however I won’t be rushing back purely based on the dark, “cold” atmosphere.
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