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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Yuva

Yuva
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Debden
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Nepalese, Eastern European
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: New Menu Available
Saffron Walden, UK
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336 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

The food was well prepared and tasted great. The service was also attentive and effective.

There is a varied menu, some of the items being well-known favourites, and others are different and interesting.

If you like your food spicy/hot you'll need to request this when you order, but the chef is happy to oblige.

Well worth the visit.

  • Visited June 2012
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2 Thank nigeljcook
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English first
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

The location is picturesque even though hidden away. Definitely worth setting the Sat Nav up for to enjoy the fantastic food in this great location. The service is attentive without being smothering and the food has an excellent taste. Even the hotter dishes do provide a taste rather than only the burning sensation that follows extra chillies.
The menu is very extensive and apart from the old time favourites has another host of dishes to try on that are more unusual.
This would definitely be my first choice to take friends and family (providing they like indian food).

  • Visited May 2012
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3 Thank charize
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Forgettable food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

Hate to spoil these good reviews, but on the three occasions I've eaten at Yuva the food has been distinctly underwhelming. Every dish has that bland taste of cooking oil, green peppers and not much else (although the food isn't greasy). The hotter dishes aren't much of an improvement - they're just hotter.

Perhaps I have missed the tastier dishes. However, I've dipped into all those of my dining companions and not found anything with a trace of "wow" about it.

Sure, the portions are decent and the presentation good but the cuisine does seem to have been tailored to the easy-to-please English diner wanting "a nice meal" a little more adventurous than the steak house.

Last Saturday night the place was packed. It has a reasonably cosy atmosphere but is spoilt - for me anyway - by naked clear light bulbs on every wall. Maybe they're supposed to be trendy. I find them cold and painfully bright without actually casting the equivalent illumination.

Yuva originally positioned itself as "Nepalese fusion". It seems to have dropped the Nepal label, which is just as well because once, when I asked for a dahl baat, the waiter said he'd never heard of it (it is the Nepali national dish!). Now it's just "fusion", which may explain the lack of strong culinary character.

At least they have saved another fine old village pub from closure. But food-wise, those who appreciate truly flavoursome Indian cuisine will probably find the Yuva instantly forgettable.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank PaulHowardCambs
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

Yuva offers an inviting smarter than your average Indian Restaurant with a warm atmosphere. The food is gorgeous, great flavours with some unusual dishes. The food is always beautifully presented and piping hot. The only aspect that is sometimes disappointing is the slow service after the main course has been served. The staff are always friendly and courteous.

  • Visited April 2012
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3 Thank Jak Jak G
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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent restaurant in beautiful surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

Had a fantastic meal at yuva last month. Really good extensive menu and decent collection of wines to choose from. We will be visiting in the summer for sure.

  • Visited February 2012
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4 Thank Tim791
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