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“Great local restaurant”

Chandini Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Indian Restaurant converted from an original pub, serving the best Indian Food in Hertfordshire. Takeaways available alongside Inside dining in the perfect atmosphere.
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

Been several times and always had a lively family dinner.
Service generally good, occasionally the waiters' lack of speaking basic English let's them fine, but that shouldn't affect you overall experience.
Better than most if not all in the area.

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Had a late lunch yesterday (Aug 10th).

Friendly welcome from the young barman/receptionist/waiter.

The Buffet was OK if a little uninspiring.

1 lamb, 1 chicken & 1 beef dish. Two veg, Dal & Onion Bhaji.

Nothing to complain about but nothing to excite. Price (£8.50 per head) was good.

A fish dish and more signage about what each dish was would be good.

Probably unfair to judge the place on one visit. Will give it another go on a weekday.

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Visited with wife and son for the first time early Friday evening. Some exciting looking dishes on the menu such as Agni Kori which is “cooked in a thick tomatoe based sauce, chunky onions green peppers and garlic, served on a hot korai with a flamming hot sambuca” (the spelling mistakes all appear on the menu!).

I told our waiter this was the first time we had visited and asked him what he recommended? Sadly his grasp of English extended only to asking what we would like to drink and whether we would like any papadums, all other enquires were met with a smile and shrug of the shoulders!

We ordered papadums, lamb tikka and onion bhaji as starters, then a king prawn dansak, pilau rice (which was not included in the price of the dansak as in some restaurants), vegetable biryani, and one of the specialities Jolpai Duck, and a naan bread.

The food arrived quickly, too quickly as we had not finished our papadums. The starters were tiny. The lamb tikka consisted on 4 very small pieces of undercooked lamb huddled together with a little salad garnish. They were consumed in seconds. The onion bhaji were crisp and not at all greasy, but again the portion size was far too small. The main courses were perhaps the most disappointing. Again portion size was small. The dansak was watery and spicy hot, but had no depth of flavour to it. The pilau rice too was flavourless and the portion size minuscule – why people skimp on such a cheap ingredient is beyond me.

The jolpai duck was nothing to write home about consisting as it did of a few pieces of duck in one of those suspiciously red sauces. The only original bit to it really was the addition of some olives, though truthfully they did not belong there and added nothing to the dish.

The vegetable biryani was ok, run of the mill stuff but again nothing special. The tiny naan bread (the size of a side plate), was fluffy and light but undercooked.

Drinks were expensive with a pint of lager and 2 diet cokes costing £10.40.

All in all the food was poor and there was not enogh of it, the service friendly but inadequate, and the bill far too steep for what you got. Will we go back? Not a chance there are several far better restaurants in the area.

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2  Thank RMP1960g
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Expectations are raised by the outside banner informing the chef is a 2013 good curry winner! My husband and I eat there Saturday evening. The interior of the restaurant is lovely and spacious but the food and fine dining experience lacking. The waiter was unable to say what the house white or red was and stood there looking blank before my husband asked him to check. It took ages for our orders to be taken and our table was only partially laid. I had a starter of vegetable samosa and they were small and bland. The vegetarian specials were all mixed vegetables in a different sauce, baring 1 chickpea mossala dish. Not very inspiring and again there was a blandness about the food especially the daal. For a restaurant that advertises fine dining this was a real let down and not a patch on the quality of Cafe Masala in Bishop's Stortford.

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1  Thank Rachele42
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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Under spiced and under seasoned...
Without exception the most blandest Indian meal I have EVER eaten... Looks the part, no taste... Service unfriendly, rushed and not very knowledgeable...
Food had less taste than a supermarket value curry.
Shame...

1  Thank Terencepg
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