Reviewer's Reviews : Derek Stronach

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restaurant Abida
review date June 2010
pre-starters
 5.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.5
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.5
price £27 (including tip)
comment Finally a proper CTCT outing to Abida, where 8 of us went for dinner.
Pre-starter: Nice poppodums and still just about the best collective selection of pickles to be found anywhere in the city.
Starter: Fish Pakora. Tasty fish in a light crispy batter - delicious! My only complaint was that there wasn't enough! Very more-ish (again!).
Main: North Indian Chilli Garlic Lamb. A bit of a departure for me as I've tried quite a lot of the other lamb dishes from the menu already. Unlike some places we've been too this one had lots of chillis and lots of garlic, very tasty and pretty hot. Lamb was not steamed but prepared in a tandoor oven and it too was really good.
Sides: Aloo Baigan Bhaji (Aubergine & Potato) - fantastic. Tarka dahl - very good, with a nice amount of garlic as well.
Service: A bit slower than I have been used to, maybe because of our larger party? I didn't think that they quite managed to serve the 8 of us as well as other places and had to be prompted to supply the poppodums.
Despite that, the food here in my opinion is still among some of the best you will find in Edinburgh and I always enjoy eating here (or getting a takeaway)
overall
 4.3

restaurant Abida
review date April 2010
starters
 5.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.5
price £27.50 (including tip)
comment Starter: Chicken Pakora - succulent chicken, crispy spicy batter served with a lovely orange dipping sauce, fantastic! 5/5
Main: Green Abida lamb - a lovely combination of heat (provided by green chillies) and tang (by lime and mint). Awesomely good! 5/5
Side: Chana Mushroom - enjoyed the nutty chickpeas with the mushrooms!
Abida is a fabulous restaurant to the extreme west of the city boundaries. If you don't live nearby then it might be a stretch to get to, but in my opinion well worth it! Have had several takeaways from here and always impressive! It is fast becoming one of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh. Great atmosphere, nice modern and tasteful decor, good service and most importantly top class food!
overall
 4.6

restaurant Abida
review date February 2009
starters
 3.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.5
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £30.00 (including tip)
comment This restaurant has just recently opened its doors at the end of last month, so my wife and I thought we would go along to try it out.

We went on a Friday night, so it was very busy, creating a great atmosphere of a bustling and lively restaurant. Even though it was busy we found that service was very good and we even had a complimentary liqueur to finish the meal!

The meal itself was excellent! For starters I had an Abida special puree that was pretty good but I couldn’t help but think that the In Touch version is far superior! For my main course I had Sag Ghost. Yes I know not very original on my part, but this was by far the hottest that I’ve had as it had green chillies in it! Very tasty though, as was the superb Tarka Dhal!

We had a great meal but for the purists amongst you, you might find it to be bit lacking in the atmosphere of a traditional Indian restaurant as it is bright and modern and as far as I could discern there was no sound of a sitar at all! However I liked it!
overall
 4.2

restaurant Abida
review date May 2010
pre-starters
 5.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £22 (including tip)
comment Another visit to Abida for dinner.
Pre-starter: I thought that collectively this was the best selection of pickles that I've had in some time with poppodums, and I must make a special mention of the fabulous chilli sauce dip.
Starter: Chicken kebab. Thin strips of succulent chicken, perfectly marinated - very moreish!
Main: Lamb Jalfreezie. Tender steamed lamb, just the way I like it, with a very tasty and quite hot sauce with green chillies and red, green and yellow peppers.
Once more I had yet another superb dinner at one of my favourite restaurants.
As an after thought, this meal was exactly what I had at the Himalaya the week before, but this for me was the superior of the two. It made me think that I perhaps a bit generous with my scoring for the Himalaya - but that's only because the food here is really tremendous!

overall
 4.5

restaurant Agoon Pani
review date July 2015
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 2.5
price £35 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were fresh and crisp and they came with an excellent selection of pickles. The lime pickle was very good, sour with a hint of salt. Also good curried onions and a tasty mango chutney.

Starter of Chicken Hotpot with Tok sauce. I don't know what Tok sauce is but this dish tasted great! It also had a really nice spiciness to it.

Main of Lal Gosht Hindustani. Again a very nicely spiced dish with well cooked lamb.

Sides - apart from the tarkha dahl which I enjoyed - fairly average I would say.

The service was ok but did need a bit of prompting at times. The price came in at £32, I decided to leave £35, so quite an expensive one! Main culprits were the usual high priced bottle of beers and too many side dishes ordered (6 for our party of 10). Decent enough food and I would say a step up from the last time we visited the restaurant in it's previous incarnation as 'The Raj'.
overall
 3.6

restaurant Amani (closed)
review date July 2010
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 5.0
sides
 3.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 5.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment Pre-starter: Whilst I really enjoyed the poppodums that were lovely and fresh and the lime pickle that was fantastic, I had a couple of complaints:
1. There wasn't enough lime pickle
2. The onion (in our tray) wasn't properly chopped all the way through!

Starter: Murghi Ka Tikka Nilgiri. Chicken kebab with a difference in that it was green rather than red as it is served with a mint marinade. Very tasty and very well presented with succulent chicken, nice dipping sauce and a lovely leafy salad.

Main: Saag Ghost -5/5! Yes I know it's not an unusual choice of dish for me, but this was very different to all the other versions I've had before. Really earthy flavour as if the spinach and been mixed with the lamb for a while. The menu did say that the cooking process took over 12 hours so maybe that explains it - fabulous!

Also mention must be made of the chilli nan. It was superb, why didn't we order more?

Sides: I think that they used too much tomatoes in them, especially the tarka dahl! I did enjoy the bindi bhaji and bhangan aloo mirch but overall a bit disappointing!

The service was attentive and pretty quick (all done by about half 9) so very well done, although it did seem to take an age to get the bill!

Overall, a very nice restaurant with an elegant interior and some twists on the usual Indian cuisine!
overall
 4.2

restaurant Ann Purna
review date March 2011
pre-starters
 1.0
starters
 3.0
mains
 2.5
service
 1.5
atmosphere
 2.5
value for money
 1.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment Stalest popodums ever - it was like eating cardboard! Not very nice at all.
Decided on giving a mark of 1 out of 5 as I quite liked some of the dips.
There was a decent selection but they were quite small and for me I would have preferred more lime pickle!

A mixed veg starter that was a bit mixed! I thought the pakora and the fried vegetable curl thing were really nice but the mushroom in batter and samosa were not that great. Ran out of the Tamarind sauce very quickly too!

The main was a selection of vegetable dishes which apart from the Tarka Dahl "Soup" were presented in side dish size, so it was a selection of sides.

I did enjoy the Tarkha dahl which had a really nice rich garlic flavour, but it was a bit thin and watery! Also liked the chickpeas with potato and I thought the sag paneer was ok. However I didn't like the sweet and sour dish (too sweet) or the mixed vegetable one with cauliflower and peas (non-descript taste).

I felt that the service whilst friendly enough was very slow. I couldn't understand why it took so long, especially as they weren't cooking 11 separate starters and main dishes but a selection of the same things for us all to try!

I was also amazed that given that half the main courses were covered as part of the McCoy's promotion that we ended up paying £25 each! I reckoned that this was poor value for money for what we got! This was my first visit to Ann Purna and I will definitely not be back! I didn't think anything at all came even remotely close to matching the excellent vegetarian meal we had at Kalpna (which is just across the road from Ann Purna) back in June 2009.
overall
 1.8

restaurant Assam's
review date November 2012
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 2.5
mains
 1.5
sides
 3.0
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 2.0
value for money
 2.0
price £23.60 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were delivered before our order was taken which is a no no in my book, however I thought they were very good! The lime pickle was great and also spiced onions and mango chutney were of good quality!

Starter of Spiced Haddock with mushroom. The fish was nice enough but it was unfortunately completely overpowered by the spices which made it bit cloying too!

Main of lamb bhindi. It could have been the rice but I had the taste of cloves with this dish and I really don't like that flavour! I also felt it was another spice fest that just didn't do it for me.

Sides were ok and a bit spicier than expected, especially the Tarka dahl!

At the end of the evening I felt stuffed but not satisfied, I'm afraid I didn't like this one!
overall
 2.0

restaurant Bay of Bengal
review date September 2011
pre-starters
 2.0
starters
 3.0
mains
 3.5
sides
 2.5
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 2.5
value for money
 2.0
price £27.20 (including tip)
comment Not the freshest of poppodums. Lime pickle a tad salty and the spiced onions were mediocre. Below average.

Starter of mixed kebab. Chicken kebab was quite good and reasonably spicy but I felt the lamb kebab was a bit chewy and it was also still a bit caked in the spice mix for my liking.

Main of methi ghost. My first reaction was that there was too many onions in the dish - as much as was in Phil's Dopiaza - which I don't think is right! But that aside the lamb was cooked well (although I had one grisly chunk) and the dish had some decent spice to it. Also quite liked the lemon rice but thought the pilau rice tasted a bit strange!

The sides of tarka dahl, sag aloo and mushroom bhaji, all a bit bland.

Service was functional and prompt. In fact I think we set a new CTCT record by being finished before quarter to nine! Mind you we were only 7 and there wasn't many other diners!

I have to mark this one down as poor and disappointing, I'm afraid!


overall
 2.8

restaurant Bay of Bengal
review date July 2008
starters
 2.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 4.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.5
price £30.00 (including service charge)
comment Bland starter with very small side salad. However, the main course was very good and the side dishes were very flavoursome. Seemed a tad expensive for what we had.
overall
 3.7

restaurant Bombay Bicycle Club
review date February 2014
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £27 (including tip)
comment Warm, fresh and crispy poppodums. The chutneys and pickles were very good although for my taste, the lime pickle was a bit tame.

Starter of murgh kebab. Chicken was tender and juicy with a nice amount of spice plus a generous side salad.

Main of green masala lamb. A well spiced dish with a fair amount of all things green (i.e. spinach, green chillies & coriander). As the lamb was from the tandoor oven it didn't fall off the knife but was still pretty good.

The stand out of the evening was the tarkha dahl, which was amongst the best we've had. Good consistency with plenty of garlic. It really hit the spot! The other sides of sag aloo and mushroom bhaji were both good as well.

I also thought the service was pretty good and we did get a complimentary Baileys ice cream to round off the evening.

I would have to say that I liked the BBC and felt the food overall was of a very good standard. Definitely one of the better ones!
overall
 4.1

restaurant Bombay Bicycle Club
review date August 2009
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.0
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment The interior of the restaurant has had a makeover since last I was here (about 2 years ago) and I think for the better.

Now on to the food. The poppadum was very crispy and I thought the sauces and lime pickle were very nice, as was my starter. I had murgh tikka kebab and the chicken was very succulent and tasty.

My main dish of sag ghost was very tasty too. The lamb was very well cooked (no tough bits at all!) and the sauce had a bit of heat to it too.

Thought the sides were pretty good although they disappeared quite quickly and so was only able to try a little bit of each!

The service was excellent. Very fast and accurate, all the more impressive considering that it was busier than the Khukuri last month where the service was a bit shambolic.

Overall impression is of a very good restaurant that doesn't quite reach outstanding, service apart!
overall
 4.4

restaurant Club India
review date August 2010
pre-starters
 2.0
starters
 3.0
mains
 2.5
sides
 2.0
service
 0.0
atmosphere
 1.5
price £30
comment Pops were ok but the pickle trays were very small. Hardly enough for 1 never mind for 2 of them to be shared amongst the 8 of us. I thought it was quite stingy!

Order was not taken till 8pm and the starters staretd to arrive at 8:35, I had Hara Bhara kebab, a potato and spinach fritter. All I can say is that I was very hungry so I ate it, but it was nothing special.

Main: Shakuti. Very hot! I really like a spicy curry with a bit of heat but this was just all heat and a bit too hot for me. Chicken was nicely cooked but the chilli overpowered everything else!

Mediocre sides (Tarka Dhal, Bhindi Parkha, Mushroom Bhaji and Gobi Aloo) were all quite small portions and very bland.

Service was very slow considering it wasn't that busy and it felt at times we were being ignored. I don't appreciate being in a restaurant for half an hour and still sitting with the menus!

It was also very expensive for the quality of food received. I didn't think anything about Club India was that great and I definitely won't be looking to make a return visit! Poor!

overall
 0.9

restaurant Dhaba Diner
review date April 2013
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 4.0
mains
 2.5
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £20 (including tip)
comment We decided to go for the banquet option for parties of 8 or more.

So we had poppodums and pickle tray to start off with. Nice and crispy poppodums and the pickles were really good, especially the lime pickle. However we initially only received one tray between all 9 of us. A ridiculous situation that Gav quite rightly complained about and we got two more trays after that! Didn't appreciate finding a long hair in the lime pickle either! Marked down for both misdemeanours I'm afraid!

We had a mixed starter containing fish lahori (very nice), chicken pakora or was it kebab (bit dry), sheekh kebab (tasty), veg and aubergine pakora (enjoyed both)! On the whole pretty good!

For mains we had two chicken dishes (butter and garlic chilli) that were both pretty good, two lamb dishes (malidar and madras) that were spoiled by lamb that was grisly and tough as old boots (not good!), King Prawn Chettnal (thought the prawn was a bit rubbery!) but I did really like the allo chana! Average at best I would say.

Food was decent enough in places and pretty good value for money as it's BYOB but I don't think it made enough of an impression to make me return anytime soon!
overall
 3.3

restaurant Ginger
review date November 2016
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 3.5
price £35 (including tip)
comment I enjoyed the poppadums, they were crispy and fresh with pretty good dips, however no lime pickle.

Starter of Ginger Sheekh Kebab was very good. Enjoyed the ginger and the nice ginger after taste that I got.

Main of Lamb Karai (Hot) was excellent. Really spicy and very tasty. Lamb was also very well cooked and I really enjoyed the dish.

Wasn't too enamoured by the tarkha dahl side dish (barely any garlic in it) but the mushroom saag was very nice.

Service was not the quickest which considering the restaurant wasn't overwhelmed with people and we were only a group of 5, was not so good. It seemed that there was a very long wait between the starter and main course and then to get the bill. Marks deducted from this were redeemed slightly with a complimentary drink to finish off.

Overall I really enjoyed the food, but thought the restaurant was too bright (starkly lit) and service could have been quicker - it was friendly enough though!
overall
 3.7

restaurant Guchhi
review date November 2010
pre-starters
 2.5
starters
 2.0
mains
 2.0
sides
 1.5
service
 0.0
atmosphere
 1.0
price £18
comment The evening didn't get off to a good start when a waiter spilled two pints of Cobra over Gav with Brian T copping some of it too. Their reaction to the incident was haphazard at best, a foretaste of things to come!

Bearing in mind that two of our party had just got soaked with beer, I thought it was quite poor that they then took a while after that to get the poppodums on the table and even had to be prompted to do so. The pops themselves were fresh and crispy, and the spiced onions and mango chutney were ok, however I wasn't happy that they had no lime pickle, which for me is a must with the pops!

Starter: Tandoori Smoked Mackerel. I thought the fish was very nice but for me the spicy coating detracted rather than complemented the flavour of the fish. For nearly £7 it was a big disappointment.

Main: Lamb Rogan Josh. Lots of sauce, but not a lot of meat or anything else for that matter. I thought it was quite poor and the sauce I felt was a bit heavy on the tomatoes but at least the lamb was nicely cooked. The gobi aloo side dish was also too tomatoey, and I never even got a chance to try the tarka dahl! The mains, rice, naans and sides all arrived in drips and dabs and out of order. And then more naans and rice arrived when just about everyone had finished - it was all a bit chaotic!

The chef/owner came out to speak to us and decided to deduct the price of all the main courses from the bill. It was a nice touch fair enough but it still can't disguise the chaotic service and the below average food that we received.

Overall, an underwhelming experience!
overall
 0.7

restaurant Gurkha Brigade
review date May 2011
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 2.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 5.0
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment Nice crispy and fresh poppodum with above average lime pickle, spiced onions and mango chutney to begin with.

Starter of Chicken Tikka Kebab was no better than average. I felt that it was a bit dry, and there wasn't an awful lot of spice to it. The side salad was also a bit meagre.

However the main of Lamb Khorsani was very tasty indeed; spicy with nice amount of heat to it. Mind you, the lamb having being prepared in a tandoor oven rather than steamed was unfortunately a little bit chewy.

I thought all the sides were excellent but I must make special mention of the chana aloo (chickpeas and potatoes) which was top notch!

Overall it was much better than last year and I thought the main and side dishes were tremendous once more, but perhaps slightly let down with an average starter.

Also hats off to our cheery waitress who served us very efficiently with a smile on her face and a good sense of humour, whilst also working the rest of the tables by herself. Well done!
overall
 3.9

restaurant Gurkha Brigade
review date May 2010
pre-starters
 2.5
starters
 0.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 4.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment Pre-starter: Poppodums were ok, but disappointed by lack of lime pickle and wasn't too impressed with what we did get.
Starter: WORST CHICKEN PAKORA EVER!!! Can't think of anything good to say about this, it was awful. Dry tasteless chicken with a thick stodgy unpleasant batter - nasty!
After that I wasn't expecting too much but then I was pleasantly surprised with the main course and side dishes which I thought were very good indeed!

I had a main of Lamb Lasoon, that was nicely spiced, and the lamb was pretty well cooked. I thought the side dishes of tarka daal and sag aloo were also very tasty! So I really enjoyed the second part of the meal but the less said about the first part the better, probably.

The service was friendly and reasonably good although they did get one or two dishes mixed-up. Quite an enjoyable evening then but I did think that the tables are a bit small and it can feel a bit cramped at times!
overall
 1.4

restaurant Gurkha Cafe
review date October 2011
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 3.5
sides
 2.5
service
 2.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.0
price £27 (including tip)
comment Nice fresh crispy poppodum. Disappointed with lack of lime pickle but the spiced onions were great! I thought the mango chutney was decent enough but didn't care for the other dip that we had!

Starter of spiced haddock - absolutely superb! Lovely spices mixed with a delicious piece of fish and a good amount of heat to it too! Fantastic and possibly the starter of the year for me!

Main of lamb saag, a bit spicier than the norm, but for me there was too much spinach and very little meat by comparison. The meat was also a bit chewy in places. Good but not great! Thought the naan bread was very good though!

Wasn't too impressed with the majority of the side dishes. The bhindi dopiaza that we ordered became an aubergine dopiaza but that for me was still the best of the bunch!

I quite liked the restaurant but it needs to improve on it's front of house organisation. Apart from the mix-up of a couple of dishes, we started to receive the main courses and some naan bread before they had even put out any plates to eat them from! Could have been a bit more attentive too, I felt.
overall
 3.3

restaurant Guru Balti
review date May 2012
pre-starters
 2.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 2.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 3.0
price £28 (including tip)
comment Poppodums were fresh and warm. However no lime pickle (boo hoo!) and the mango chutney was in liquid form.

Chicken kebab starter was very good I thought! It was nicely spiced and the meat was tasty and juicy.

Main of North Indian Balti Chilli Ghost. Hot and spicy enough for me and the lamb was very well cooked. There was just too much sauce for me to finish it though. Served with huge naan breads that weren't that great. Disappointing as it was definitely a case of quantity over quality!

Also disappointing were the side dishes. The bhindi and mushroom bhajis were ok but the tarka dahl was very poor, as was the bombay potato.

Service was decent enough. Some things could have been better but overall it was efficient and friendly.

Fairly average and unmemorable, the lustre of the early 2000's seems to have been lost.



overall
 3.4

restaurant Guru Balti
review date August 2013
pre-starters
 0.5
starters
 4.0
mains
 2.0
sides
 2.0
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 2.5
value for money
 1.0
price £30 (including tip)
comment The poppodums were soggy and a bit stale. The chutneys consisted of two onion ones and a liquid mango chutney that was pretty awful!

The starter on the other hand of chicken kebab was very good. The chicken was not too dry and quite spicy!

Sadly that was the only highlight of the meal as my main course of Balti Mughlani Chana Goust was disappointing. It also appeared to be very similar to all the other mains on the table being that they were all orange. There was little to distinguish it although the chickpeas were tasty and so were the bits of lamb that weren't too fatty.

Sides. Tarkha dahl - rubbish! Hardly if any garlic, just lentils and flour and consistency of wallpaper paste. Brinjal bhaji, the aubergine was tasty enough although a bit oily. Spinach thing was ok, and at least it wasn't orange!

I thought the service was ok and that some of the waiting staff were actually pretty good in dealing with us. However there were a few mistakes with missing dishes or the wrong dishes being served. Mind you when everything is orange then perhaps it is easy to mix up orders!

Overall though it's a shame how far downhill this place has fallen. I remember when it delivered on both the quality and quantity, now it just seems to be the latter. Definitely one to avoid now!
overall
 1.6

restaurant Ignite
review date September 2013
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 2.5
price £33 (including tip)
comment Nice and crispy poppadums to start off with. A very good lime pickle and mango chutney. However although I felt the onions were a bit brown (not freshly chopped), they were nicely garnished with coriander.

Starter of chicken pakora. Crispy batter, tasty chicken that wasn't dry - enjoyed it very much!

Main of green herb lamb had a lot of flavours and a nice amount of spice for me. Lamb was very well cooked as it literally fell off the knife!

The sides that I had - sag aloo, aloo gobi and tarkha dahl - were all pretty decent!

Felt the service was very well organised. We were sensibly split into two tables so that the kitchen could better handle our large group and it was all pretty efficient. Extra kudos for them taking the order then serving the poppodums without them being prompted to do that! Very well done!

Overall I would say it was a far better experience than our last visit, although it was a bit on the pricey side!
overall
 3.8

restaurant Ignite
review date December 2012
pre-starters
 1.5
starters
 3.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.5
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 2.5
price £32 (including tip)
comment The popadums were ok but I thought the lime pickle was very tame. Didn't think the mango chutney and spiced onions were up to much either.

Starter of chicken kebab was decent enough if a bit mediocre.

However the main of green herb lamb was very tasty I thought! Nice amount of spice and heat for me and the lamb was so well cooked that it just fell apart!

I also thought the sides were really good too, especially the tarka dahl which had a bit of a kick to it! Also enjoyed the sag aloo and bhindi bhaji both of which were tremendous!

I didn't have too much beef over the service that some had. From my point of view I thought it was ok and quite efficient. It wasn't that friendly I felt, but we may have got off on the wrong foot with Gav reminding them that Cobra is not an authentic Indian lager!

A few mistakes thereafter in the service didn't help matters though!

In summary great main and sides, disappointed with mostly everything else!
overall
 3.3

restaurant Imans
review date January 2010
pre-starters
 2.5
starters
 2.5
mains
 1.0
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 2.0
price £22 (including tip)
comment Went to Imans as part of group of 10 on a night-out with my fellow Monday night footballers, so a good chance to assess the restaurant in a similiar situation to a CTCT visit.

We all had a £20 per head deal of poppodums, mixed starter and our own selection of main course with rice and naan bread.

The pops were ok, but we only had mango chutney and onions for dips. I wasn't impressed that there was no lime pickle or with what was supplied.

The mixed starter included a seikh kebab (that was a bit cold), vegetable and chicken pakora and a vegetable samosa. My overall recollection of all of them was distinctly average!

For my main course I had an Achari Ghost (lamb with lime pickle). I really enjoyed this dish when I've had it before from the Raj and as a takeaway from Abida but I found this version to be quite poor and a little bitter for my taste. Also the lamb was quite tough and chewy. I didn't think it was at all good!

On the plus points it is a BYOB place and the service was friendly and pretty quick considering the restaurant was pretty busy but I wondered afterwards if the quality of the food suffered because of all the throughput.

All in all my overall impression was a very disappointing one. It all seemed a bit generic to me and if we were eating another cuisine it wouldn't have been out of place. You certainly don't feel you're in an Indian restaurant and they even had a TV tuned to Sky Sports News in the corner!
overall
 1.6

restaurant In Touch
review date October 2008
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 5.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.5
price £22.00 (including tip)
comment Excellent meal really enjoyed it. The poppadoms were lovely and crispy, superb curry club puri - recommended as you can choose your own! Very good main course and fantastic side dishes, especially the tarka dhal (with or without coriander). The meal and atmosphere was so good that the delay in service wasn't so noticed.
overall
 4.6

restaurant In Touch
review date January 2009
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 5.0
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 3.5
price £18 (including tip)
comment 5 star starter of chicken and bhindi "In Touch" special puri, but must deduct 1/2 point for serving with coleslaw. Sorry but coleslaw has no place in Indian cuisine.
Anyway that aside, if you'll pardon the pun, the sides were tremendous, especially the coriander free tarka dhall.
Great mains too, and even though the service was on the slow side (Warning they don't handle big groups of people), I would say that on the whole I really enjoyed my dinner at this excellent restaurant.
overall
 4.5

restaurant In Touch
review date May 2013
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 3.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.5
value for money
 5.0
price £20 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were warm, fresh and crispy. Excellent lime pickle and even enjoyed the mango chutney even though it was more like a sauce!

Starter of a Hot Chicken Sag In Touch Special Puri. In a word - outstanding! Just as I remembered it and possibly a little bit better too! I also felt that it had the right amount of heat that didn't overpower the flavour!

Main of Sylheti Rashin Morlich Lamb also outstanding!
Lamb was superbly cooked, the red chillies blended well with the sauce to create a nice level of heat and spice with a really rich taste! Couldn't fault it!

Sides, the tarka dahl and sag aloo I liked. Both were very good. Disappointed with the bhindi bhaji, it was a bit tough and tasteless sadly!

Service has always been a bit of a struggle at In Touch and having a large party always means a bit of a wait. It didn't help that the order was not taken promptly but only after we had all eaten the poppodums. A particular no no in my book! However saying all that it did improve thereafter and I thought it was possibly the best it has been in all our visits here!

A cracking meal and only £20 a head (as you can BYOB) brilliant vfm! A definite contender for the CTCTROY once more!
overall
 4.6

restaurant In Touch
review date July 2016
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 5.0
price £22 (including tip)
comment Crispy poppadums with good mango chutney, onions and lime pickle. Only complaint - not enough lime pickle.

Starter of chicken pakora, was excellent. Went well with the nicely spiced sauces.

Main of Bengali green lamb was very tasty. Lamb was extremely well cooked and the sauce had a good balance of spice.

Good sides although felt the okra was a bit tough in the bhindi bhaji. Loved the chickpea dish though!

Service. Never one of In Touch's strengths when dealing with a large group although they did as well as can be expected.

Overall another excellent night out at In Touch, which still maintains a high standard of tasty food. Also due to the BYOB policy it represents brilliant value for money!
overall
 4.3

restaurant In Touch
review date January 2011
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 5.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £26 (including tip)
comment Lovely fresh and crispy poppadums, amongst the nicest I've tasted at a CTCT outing in a long time!
Very good lime pickle too!

For the starter I went for chicken pakora in a change to the usual special puri! I thought it was excellent, tasty chicken, tasty batter and a lovely yellow sauce that went really well with the salad!

Main of Sylheti Rashun Marich Lamb. Hot and spicy it said on the menu and hot and spicy it was! Very nice and the lamb was well cooked too!

Could not fault any of the sides I thought all were superb and again about the best and most consistently good side dishes of anywhere we have been!

The service was pretty good this time around but that might have been because we were the only ones there!

Once more we spent a very enjoyable evening at one of Edinburgh's top Indian restaurants. It's always good to keep in touch with 'In Touch' (sorry but couldn't resist!)
overall
 4.3

restaurant In Touch
review date June 2010
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.0
service
 2.5
atmosphere
 4.5
price £20 (including tip)
comment Pre-starter: Light, fresh and crispy poppodums - delicious! I enjoyed the lime pickle but felt that there was a limited choice with only onions and mango chutney also provided.
Starter: Lamb saag hot puri. Very tasty and as good as the other combinations I've had in the past.
Main: Lamb Amatrisi massalah. Well cooked lamb and a very nice sauce, lovely.
Sides: I tried the bhindi bhaji, tarka dahl and gobi aloo. I thought all were very good.

So to summarise, cracking food as always and I really enjoyed the lively atmosphere but I was disappointed by the incredibly slow service! I know we were quite a large group but it was still quite poor for our dinner of only two courses and poppodums to take nearly 3 hours!

Would have probably got a lower mark for service than I gave them, however I did enjoy the evening and it was in no way spoilt by it. And at £20 with BYOB, fantastic value for money!
overall
 4.2

restaurant Indian Lounge
review date August 2012
pre-starters
 1.0
starters
 1.0
mains
 3.0
sides
 2.5
service
 2.0
atmosphere
 2.5
value for money
 2.0
price £26.00 (including tip)
comment The poppodums arrived hot and fresh but were let down big time by the saltiest lime pickle ever! It is was quite awful and neither of the other pickles selection were up to much too!

Starter of chicken tikka kebab was one of the poorest I've tasted in a long time. The chicken was tough and dry and it was not at all good! Dire!!

However after all that I thought the main course of massalider gosht was actually decent enough despite having some of the salty lime pickle in it. The lamb was very well cooked and the sauce was fine.

Sides were bhindi bhaji (tough) mushroom bhaji (tasteless) and tarkha dahl. You could barely taste the garlic in the latter as it was overpowered by the spice but it was still pretty good!

Service was on the slow side but sometimes expected when there is a large group of us and the restaurant is busy. Didn't appreciate their attempt at banter though!

In summary it is a place that benefits from having a prime city centre location but I feel is quite complacent with it.
overall
 1.6

restaurant Kalpna
review date June 2009
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 4.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment The lime pickle with the poppadums was very hot and sour, and very nice!

We all had a little taster of each of the 5 starters. All were rather tasty especially the cheese stuffed spinach fritter. They were accompanied by a combination of lovely dipping sauces and it was all very well presented.

For the main course we had a banquet of the 5 speciality dishes and tarka dahl. I thought all were superb. In particular the baingan achari (marinated aubergines) and the Dam Aloo Kashmeri (Kalpna's signature dish) were worthy of note! Also excellent coconut rice and garlic naan bread.

The only let down was the very disappointing tarka dahl which seemed to be missing garlic!

All in all a very enjoyable meat-free meal!
overall
 4.4

restaurant Kama Sutra
review date October 2015
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 4.0
service
 2.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment Crispy, freshly prepared poppadums with a nice selection of chutneys and dips although the lime pickle was a bit too tame for me.

Had the same starter that I had on our last visit there, lahori fish, which was again very tasty. Well cooked fish with a nicely spiced batter. Excellent again!

Main of Lamb Himalayan Hot Pot which was a slight change from what I had last time. Same comments apply I would say as it was tasty, spicy and with about the right (maximum) level of heat for me. Lamb was also well cooked.

After raving about it before I had to have a side of Paneer Mailader. Was very good but wasn't blown over in the same as I was before. Still really enjoyed it though it didn't have the same impact. Also enjoyed the Aloo Gobi and I'm sure I would've liked the Sag Aloo too had they not forgotten that we had ordered it.

Which brings me to service, which wasn't the best in my opinion. Took far too long to ask for drinks order on arrival, had to be prompted to take a second drinks order, obviously forgot a side dish, delivered the starters before some of us had finished the poppadums and then we had a very long wait for the mains.
overall
 3.7

restaurant Kama Sutra
review date July 2013
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 5.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment To begin with this was yet another restaurant where we had to juggle the poppodums with the menus. At least this time I got them to take our order before getting stuck into pops, which were nice and crispy. The chutneys were pretty good including an interesting onion one that was more saucy than spicy but nice all the same. Sadly no lime pickle though!

Starter of Fish Lahori. The fish was very nice, well cooked with a spicy batter. Delicious!

Main of Chicken Himalayan Hot Pot. A definite emphasis on the hot in this dish, about as hot as I like to go I would say! However I really enjoyed it as it had a lot of flavour and a lot of content in it!

There was a stand out side dish of Paneer Malaider. It was outstanding and possibly one of my favourite ever side dishes - simply gorgeous! I thought the other 2 sides that I had, the Bombay Aloo and Ajwaindi Bhindi, were both excellent too!

Service was good despite the initial issue with having pops before the order was taken. It may be petty but I prefer to have the orders taken so that we can sit back enjoy our pops whilst waiting on the starters!

Thanks to Gavin's Club Card we shaved almost £40 from the food bill, so on this occasion very good vfm, but even without that I really enjoyed this restuarant and felt the food was of a high standard. I can see me coming back to this one, even just for the Paneer Malaider alone!!
overall
 4.3

restaurant Kasturi
review date December 2010
starters
 2.5
mains
 3.0
sides
 3.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.0
price £23 (including tip)
comment I had a starter of chicken sheek kebab. I don't think I've seen that on a menu before so gave it a go but it was quite bland and lacking in any taste or spice. Well presented and cooked though with our own separate dipping sauces, that were rather nice!

Main of green herb lamb. Lamb well cooked but sauce not too exciting, being neither all that spicy or having a great deal of flavour to it. Average at best.

Side of Sag Aloo, was quite nice though!

A brand new restaurant in Edinburgh's West End that has a very smart and impressive interior that makes you want the food to be good too. The service was also pretty good and friendly but unfortunately the food and it has to be said the rather poor quality toilets with 1 non-functioning hand drier (also the same situation in ladies too, I was told) removed the veneer from this restaurant.
overall
 3.2

restaurant Kasturi
review date June 2011
pre-starters
 1.0
starters
 3.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 2.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 2.5
value for money
 2.0
price £30 (including tip)
comment Got off to a bad start with some drinks not available and then confusion over the order. We then had a stale popodum with a very poor selection of pickles.

It picked up a bit thereafter as the starter of chicken pakora wasn't bad at all, and it had a nice dipping sauce.

The main of palak lamb was also pretty good. The lamb was well cooked and had a decent spice and taste to it. Also liked the lemon rice.

Thought the sides were a wee bit dull. More garlic in the tarka dahl would have been better and the bhindi bhaji and the sag aloo were non-descript.

Felt that the starter and main were slightly better than when I was there last December. The food was good but not outstanding and the service picked up after it's bad start. £30 seems to be the average cost these days, but I wouldn't rate this place as good value for money. There are far better resturants in Edinburgh to spend your £30 on!
overall
 2.8

restaurant Kebabish Original
review date September 2014
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 4.0
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 4.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment I thought the poppadums were nice and crispy with really good dips, particularly the lime pickle that it had a nice sourness to it that was right up my street!

Starter of Reshmi Kebabs (minced chicken with chilli and coriander) was excellent. It was really tasty and spicy. Enjoyed it a lot!

Main of Nihari which is a lamb shank with ginger, lemon and green chillies. The meat was so well cooked and tender that it just fell off the bone - it had great flavour too. However I didn't really see the point of the soup it came in. It was a bit insignificant to me once you transferred the lamb shank to your dinner plate. It was also a bit oily too!

Sides of bhindi bhjai and tarka dahl were very good.

Marked service down a bit. It wasn't too busy but they still managed to clear a plate a nanosecond after Gav had finished with it and forgot a main course entirely.

However I think it would be worth a return visit as the food is of a very good standard and vfm is great as it's BYOB.
overall
 4.1

restaurant Khushi
review date October 2013
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.0
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.5
price £28 (including tip)
comment We had a couple of pre-starters, a complimentary chickpea dish that was nice and spicy and the usual round of popadums! The pops were crisp and there was a pretty good selection of pickles to accompany them.

Starter of chicken pakora was pretty good. The batter had a nice hint of spice in it and I enjoyed the spicy dipping sauce too.

Main of Lamb Karahi. Well cooked lamb, with a nicely spiced and hot sauce. I felt it had a good depth of flavour!

Sides of bhindi bhaji and daal were ok but there was nothing particular special about them.

Service was efficient, well organised and friendly.
overall
 3.9

restaurant Khushi
review date January 2010
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 3.5
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment Poppodums were as usual fresh and crispy. Thought the mango chutney and lime pickle were ok but not remarkable, although we could have done with more as we ran out of the stuff pretty quickly!

I had the same starter and main course as I had in November mainly because I really enjoyed them then and did so again. The Seikh Kebab was as spicy and tasty as before but this time around I enjoyed my main of Lamb Punjabi Massalah much more and didn't have a problem of finishing it all! I also have to mention the Garlic Nan bread which I thought as well as being huge was also hugely tasty and one of the best we've had! Not too doughy, thin and a tad crispy - just perfect for me at any rate! Really enjoyed it!

Sides. I only had a little spoonful of the Tarka Dahl but it was superb, next time we'll need to order more! The sag aloo was a wee bit of a let down as I felt that they used the sort of new potatoes you get from a tin rather than a fresh spud! So minus marks there!

However once again we had another excellent evening and the staff were as usual very friendly and accomodating.
overall
 4.4

restaurant Khushi
review date November 2009
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.0
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment Good lime pickle and mango chutney served with the poppadums (defined as a giant crisp in the menu!).
Starter of Seikh Kebab, very tasty and spicy. It was also promptly served at 10 past 8, which I thought was excellent given there was 13 of us to feed!

I had a main of Lamb Punjabi Massalah. The Lamb was very well cooked and there was a good amount of spices in the sauce, although the portion size was very large so I couldn't finish it all. I enjoyed the bhindi side dish but didn't find the others to my taste.

However, overall impression is of a very friendly and well run restaurant. Other restaurants could certainly learn a thing or two about serving a large group of "Curry Tasters" from Kushi, well done!
overall
 4.2

restaurant Khushi's (Edinburgh)
review date April 2012
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 4.0
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.5
price £22.00 (including tip)
comment Good poppodums with a lime pickle that really hit the spot, and plenty of it too! Also enjoyed the spiced onions but sadly the other pickles/dips weren't up to scratch.

Starter of chicken tikka very nice. It was lovely and spicy and it didn't really need the green herb dipping sauce.

Main of Lamb Jalfrezie. The lamb was excellent and was so well cooked that I didn't need to use my knife! It was also spicy enough for me. However I didn't like the garlic naan bread as it was too doughy (I prefer them crispier) and the garlic was non-existant.

Sides were Raj Aloo (fantastic), Tarkha Dahl (great) and brinjal masala (a tad non-descript).

Couldn't fault the service. It was a very busy restaurant but we were served with minimum of fuss and no mistakes and we were all finished by just after 9pm. Very well done!

All in all a very enjoyable evening and I for one would be tempted to return!
overall
 4.3

restaurant Kismot
review date June 2015
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 2.0
mains
 3.0
sides
 2.5
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £24 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were crispy although I felt they weren't the freshest. However the pickles and dips were excellent, especially the really sour lime pickle - I loved it! The other lime pickle did not quite hit the spot in the same way the sour one did for me. Also good onions and mango chutney.

Starter of Chicken Tikka kebab was way too dry and quite chewy. It didn't help the sauce wasn't that nice (it needed the extra chilli sauce to liven it up) and was really thickly coated on the chicken making it, for me, a rather disappointing dish.

Main of lamb garam massallam was a hot dish and it was very hot, but it was more a peppery rather than spicy heat and I didn't like the taste of it much. I did appreciate that the lamb itself was really very well cooked but not a dish I'll come back to I'm afraid.

Sides. The tarkha dahl had a really nice garlicky flavour but the others weren't great. Bhindi Bhaji (okra a bit slimy) and Bombay Aloo (the potato was a bit undercooked) weren't in the same league as the excellent tarkha dahl.

A very busy restaurant so as expected service was a bit slow and a few mistakes were made. However it was cheery and friendly.

My overall feeling is one of disappointment as I had semi-high hopes for Kismot but it didn't really live up to that expectation.
overall
 3.0

restaurant Kismot
review date March 2008
atmosphere
 4.0
service
 5.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
price £20.00 (including tip)
comment Superb service (very helpful and friendly) and top quality food, a disappointing Tarka Dhal aside. Great selection of lime pickle too!
overall
 4.0

restaurant Lancers
review date October 2009
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 2.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 0.0
atmosphere
 0.0
price £22.75
comment We finished our poppadums before we had even ordered. Surely they could have taken our order and then given us the poppadums whilst we waited for the starter?
I wasn't impressed with that, but I did enjoy the lime pickle!

After more than half hour our order still hadn't been taken. It seemed they only got round to it after being prompted by Gavin and even then not right away, putting preference to clearing the table instead of taking our order, really not impressed!

Starter did eventually arrive at 10 to 9, 1 hour and 20 mins from us sitting down. I had chicken tikka kebab which I thought was quite tough and chewy.

By now I had already decided to mark the service with the lowest possible score. Also the atmosphere seemed to go down with it meaning that it had a double zero for both!

However they did manage to redeem themselves (a bit). I thought the main course of methi ghost was really quite nice actually. Very tasty sauce, perhaps let down with some pieces of lamb that were a wee bit tough. The sides were ok, but the potato in the sag aloo could have been cooked longer!

Not surprisingly it was decided against leaving a tip!
overall
 0.8

restaurant Mezbaan
review date March 2013
pre-starters
 1.0
starters
 2.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 2.5
value for money
 3.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment The poppodums and dips I did not like. The pops tasted a bit off to me and the dips were a bit strange, particularly the one with the peas, beans and sweetcorn in some curry gloop! It wasn't that appealing to me!

The starter of Fish Vada was also a touch disappointing. I felt they had very little taste and they were a bit greasy and flat. Served with a very stingy side salad too!

However I have to say that I really did enjoy my main course of Gosht Pepper Masala. The lamb was very well cooked and the sauce nicely spiced! Very good!

For me the sides were ok but nothing out of the ordinary. The Bombay Aloo Jeera was good even if the curry sauce tasted like the same stuff used for the bean, pea and sweetcorn pickle! Tarkha dahl seemed to be missing garlic and the bhindi bhaji was fine.

As expected with a party of 15 the service was on the slow side. This was a problem especially with the main course when things were arriving out of order. Perhaps it would have been better to have had our party on two separate tables!

On the whole nothing too memorable to make me want to return.
overall
 3.1

restaurant Mintleaf
review date May 2016
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.0
price £38 (including tip)
comment Excellent fresh poppadums and really tasty dips. I particularly enjoyed the Thai style chilli dipping sauce and spiced onions.

Thai starter of Tod Mun (Thai style Fish Cakes). Thought that they were very good. Unlike most other fish cakes I've come across these were all fish and they were delicious. Light with a delicate batter, went very well with the Thai chilli dipping sauce.

Main of Methi Gust, very good too. Lamb extremely well cooked and it was nicely spiced too. Also enjoyed the garlic naan bread.

Sides of Tarkha dahl and sag aloo (that I had) were fairly average.

Service very good. We were all finished by about 20 past 9! However deducted half a mark on the amount of time it took them to prepare our bill - it was a about a further half an hour and 2 rounds of mint chocolates later!

On the whole an excellent and well run restaurant but a bit pricey for food that whilst of a very good standard wasn't something you couldn't get anywhere else for about a tenner less.
overall
 3.9

restaurant Mintleaf
review date May 2014
pre-starters
 3.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 3.5
sides
 4.5
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment A mixed pre-starter as the poppodum was fresh, warm and crisp but the pickles and chutneys were no more than passable.

This restaurant serves both Thai and Indian food so decided on Thai starter and Indian main.

Starter of Pia Ka Pong Long Tang (crispy sea bass with a special Thai sauce). I thought it was outstanding. The sticky and spicy sauce on top of the crisped sea bass was superb. The fish was very well cooked too. Wonderful!

Main of Gust Korai (lamb with rich spiced sauce). Lamb was well cooked although I felt the sauce was a bit bland. Liked the garlic naan bread!

Loved the sides particularly the bhindi bhaji (okra was extremely tasty and well cooked) and mushroom bhaji (nicely spiced and tasty mushrooms).

Service was fairly good and no mistakes were made, but it was slow. But then perhaps we should've expected that being a party of 11.

On the whole pretty good!
overall
 3.9

restaurant Mithas
review date November 2011
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 2.0
value for money
 0.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment Had a very tasty complimentary pre-starter of shorba that was a tomato based soup with chilli and coriander (I think) in a cup, nice!

The starter of sea bass with a coconut crust was again also very nice. My only complaint was that even though it was a lovely piece of fish, it was rather on the small side for almost £7!

Main of peshwari lamb karahi. I felt that the lamb was pretty well cooked although I did have one grisly bit which I wasn't expecting in the kind of establishment that this restuarant porports to be. Felt the sauce only livened up once it was combined with the 18-spice mix too!

Mind you, I really loved the garlic naan bread, nice and crispy, with big chunks of garlic in it!

I thought the side dishes were ok, but for £7 each quite small!

Overall I quite liked the food but it was very small portions for very large prices. I would be happy to pay large prices for food that was out of the ordinary but I didn't feel that this was it. Very poor value for money and I left still hungry!!

I can't see me coming back here, and wouldn't be in a rush to recommend it either, unless you are on a diet and have a bit of cash to spend perhaps!
overall
 1.8

restaurant Mother India Cafe
review date February 2015
pre-starters
 2.5
mains
 4.5
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.0
price £27 (including tip)
comment Crispy enough poppodums let down badly by uninspiring pickles and dips. The lime pickle in particular I felt was totally bland.

We each selected 3 Tapas style plates for our meal -which is the right amount of dishes per person, I would say.

The spiced haddock was absolutely gorgeous - full of flavour, spicy, loved it - 5/5!

Chilli Garlic Chicken was excellent too, succulent chicken pieces, nicely spiced with good flavour and heat - 5/5!

Lamb saag was spicy, which you don't normally associate with that type of dish. That was great but the lamb was quite chewy and grisly - that was not so great -3.5/5!

The restaurant was really busy and given the Tapas style dishes it serves, felt a bit chaotic at times. Think that they just about managed to keep on top of it but some mistakes were made with the service.
overall
 3.9

restaurant Mother India Cafe
review date September 2012
pre-starters
 3.5
tapas
 4.0
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 5.0
value for money
 4.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment Nice crispy poppodums with above average spiced onions and mango chutney. Must however mark it down slightly for lack of lime pickle and also that the chutneys ran out quite quickly. Needed more of it and more choice!

The chilli garlic chicken was lovely. Nicely spiced and with a good amount of heat. Lamb saag also good with a touch of spice but the lamb was a bit tough. Spiced haddock also tasty but the fish was perhaps a tad overcooked. The naans were a bit soggy but at least garlicky!

I thought the service from start to finish was excellent. However an ordered peshwara naan came to the table too late to be eaten, as we all had finished by then! We weren't charged for it though.

A great bustling restaurant that seems to run along like clockwork. As well run as you are likely to find anywhere. I'll certainly be back to sample more of their dishes!
overall
 4.3

restaurant Mughal
review date April 2015
pre-starters
 1.5
starters
 2.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 2.0
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 3.5
price £22 (including tip)
comment The Poppodums were crispy and tasty I thought, and we all had at least 2 each. However there was a very poor selection of chutneys and dips: A tasteless pink yoghurt thing, a passable chutney sauce, a bland salad and not a great lime pickle - that had to be asked for separately.

Starter of Fish Amritsury (Battered catfish).It was quite a disappointing dish of deep fried fish (that was a bit dry) in not at all flavoursome batter. The best bit about it was the tamarind sauce supplied for dipping.

The sides were also disappointing. A tarkha dahl that was way too salty, a fairly bland bhindi bhaji, undercooked potato in the sag aloo and a reasonable mushroom bhahji. The last 2 arrived late but we weren't charged for them, apparently.

I did really like the main course of chicken chiili garlic however. Nice amount of heat and spice and pretty tasty. the chicken was also cooked pretty well I thought. There wasn't too much rice to go round though!

This restaurant toiled to serve us in a timely manner. I don't think they can cope with the size of party we had (12) and I can imagine it stretched their kitchen to breaking point!

FInally, on the plus side it is a BYOB which keeps the cost down but I wouldn't be in a rush to come back.
overall
 3.0

restaurant Mumbai Mansion
review date September 2010
pre-starters
 1.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £32 (including tip)
comment Pops were stale and pickle selection quite dull!

Starter of chicken kebab was excellent. Really enjoyed the succulent chicken and subtle flavours.

Main of Simla Methi Ghost was also very good: Tender steamed lamb with lovely spicy sauce. I also rather liked the naan bread which was a bit crispy. It was just right for me as I don't like them too doughy!

I thought the sides were a bit mixed. The tarkha dahl was mediocre and sag aloo average, but the bhindi bhaji was very nice and the sardine and sag interesting!

I was quite impressed by the service despite the initial difficulties in taking the drinks order. In fact the drinks and poppodums order was taken within 5 minutes of us sitting down and then our starter and main course was ordered by 10 to 8! Admittedly it did take a while after that for our starter and main courses to arrive but to be expected I guess when there was 11 of us.

Overall a very smart and clean restaurant with some very good food and decent service considering our large party. It was however rather on the expensive side and I'm not convinced that the overall experience justified it. Still, I think I would give it another go!
overall
 3.9

restaurant Namaste
review date July 2012
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.5
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 2.0
price £35 (including tip)
comment Folded Poppodums that were nice and crispy with a great lime pickle and good spiced onions and mango chutney. Not enough of either choice to go round though!

Starter of Haku Choila (Grilled lamb with spices) was lovely. The lamb was nicely spiced and tasty. Could have done with more dipping sauce but that aside, fantastic!

Main of Trishuli ko Machhu ko Jhol (red snapper curry).
The Snapper was a good meaty fish in a sauce that had a bit of heat (fortunately went for the HOT option).
It was tasty and spicy enough but just too much sauce!!

Sides. A very good Tarka dahl - nice and garlicky I thought! Bland Gobi Aloo though!

Service on the slow side which can sometimes be expected when there is a number of us (13 in this case)in a reasonably busy restaurant.

The cost came in at £35 a head. For that price I would have wanted to be more blown away with the food and overall experience than I was sadly.
overall
 3.4

restaurant Namaste
review date September 2016
pre-starters
 3.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £32 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were crispy enough, although there was not enough chutney and pickles (probably needed another pickle tray). Wasn't overwhelmed with what we did have and no lime pickle!

However I had an excellent starter of Haka Choila (lamb cubes). A really tasty dish that was very well spiced and superbly presented as well.

Main of Kukhura ho Jahil (hot)- chicken on the bone with lemon and coriander, was right on the limit of my heat level. However I enjoyed it, the chicken was very well cooked in an extremely spicy (for me) sauce.

Nothing special about the main of aloo gobi ordered as aside dish for the table though.

Felt like a vast improvement from our more disappointing visit there last time out!
overall
 3.8

restaurant Navadhanya
review date February 2016
pre-starters
 5.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.5
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.5
value for money
 4.5
price £40 (including tip)
comment The poppadums came in handy hand size pieces. Nice and crispy with absolutely superb dips. The tomato one in particular was exceptional. I had a lovely peppery taste in my mouth afterwards!
We also had an excellent complimentary deep fried ball with delicious pea and tomato filling.

Starter of Tandoori grill salmon. Salmon with paprika, jeera, curry leaf and mustard crust that was sublime!

Main of Lamb Railway Curry was brilliant. Tender melt in the mouth in the lamb with a great mix of spices - loved it! Also has there ever been a better naan than the cheese and onion one - it was amazing!

Sides. The Tarkha dahl and the Paneer were very good. However the Sag Aloo was outstanding. Exceptionally smooth spinach, great green colour and great earthy flavour!

Excellent restaurant with outstanding food matched with superb service.
Now I know some will moan at the £40 cost but I thought that I'd much rather pay more for something so memorable rather than say £30 on a meal that wasn't so special.
For me it is definitely the one to beat this year and I will certainly be back!
overall
 4.8

restaurant Navadhanya
review date March 2017
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.5
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.5
value for money
 5.0
price £40 (including tip)
comment Nice crispy poppadums with an excellent tomato based chutney. Thought the other 2 sauces we had were good but not in the same league as the tomato chutney.

Starter of Tandoori Salmon. In a word, brilliant! Salmon cooked to perfection and the spices complimented rather than overpowering the fish.

Main of Lamb Railway Curry. It was no longer on the menu but they did it for me anyway which was fantastic because it was much better than I remembered it. Lamb very well cooked in a delicious blend of spices. Loved the naan bread too.

Sides. Sag aloo, really loved the earthiness of the spinach. Aubergine and peas was tasty with a spicy kick.

Everything about this place seems to be done to a higher standard than your typical restaurant and whilst that is definitely reflected in the price, what you are also paying for is the overall experience which is just fantastic. Great service which included a complimentary onion bhaji between poppadums and starter and we were given an explanation of the food served too! I for one will most certainly be back!
overall
 4.8

restaurant Nine Cellars
review date July 2009
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 3.5
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were very crispy with a good selection of chutneys and lime pickle.

The palak kebab starter (spinach and cheese fritters) was excellent but one of them was cold, as if it came straight out of the fridge and not cooked!Poor show!

I had a really enjoyable main dish of lal mass with very tender lamb. I also thought the sag ghost was superb too. The side dish of tarka dahl was as fine a tarka dahl that I've tasted anywhere, but the real treat of 9 cellars has to be the quite delicious stuffed parantha bread that we had with a spinach and garlic filling.
overall
 4.3

restaurant Nine Cellars
review date September 2009
pre-starters
 3.0
starters
 3.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.5
service
 2.5
atmosphere
 3.0
price £27 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were nice and crispy but I only thought the chutneys including the lime pickle were average at best.

My starter of chicken pakora had the hardest batter of any pakora I think I've ever had. It took a bit of cutting and the chicken was a little bit chewy. Again average.

Main dish of lamb rogan josh. The lamb was well cooked but the sauce was a bit non-descript. I felt though that they deserved an extra mark for the very tasty parantha breads. The potato one reminded me of tattie scones, very very nice!

Sides ok. Sag aloo and bhindi thingy nice but didn't rate the tarka dhal this time around.

Decided to mark down the service as the parantha breads were a bit late in arriving with the main course and they asked us if we were ready to order before they even had handed us the menus!
overall
 3.3

restaurant Omar Khayyam
review date February 2012
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 2.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 4.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment Nice fresh (and warm) poppadums with a good selection of pickles. Although lime pickle was absent the others were still pretty good.

Starter of Chicken Tikka, I felt was outstanding! The chicken was tender and juicy and nicely spiced. Nice fresh side salad too, couldn't fault it - fab-u-lous!

Main of Lamb Charsada (medium) that had strips of bbq'd tikka lamb and minced lamb. Very good I thought and quite tasty and spicy for a medium dish.

However sides were distinctly under par, especially the Tarka Dahl. Strangely quite solid in consistency and bland too. Bhindi Bhaji slightly better but nothing to get too excited about.

Service was pretty good and friendly. However I have decided to deduct some marks since we had a bit of a wait upon asking for and then getting the bill, and then to finally pay it. It spoiled my experience slightly but it was still a good night as the food on the whole was quite tasty.
overall
 3.8

restaurant Omar Khayyam
review date December 2010
pre-starters
 2.0
starters
 2.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.0
price £30 (including tip)
comment Pre-starters: We had 2 poppodums each, even though I thought I asked for 8 (1 each). Perhaps the 8 was interpreted as the number of people to cater for rather than the number of pops! Anyway, I felt that the pops were not that fresh and chutneys not that good. Disappointing Lime Pickle, too!

Starter: Lamb Tikka Kebab. I thought it was a bit bland, if truth be told.

Main: Handi Fish Dopiaza: Much more like it! Not hugely spicy but very tasty. It was something a bit different but very enjoyable!

Sides: Tarka dahl, bhindi and mushroom bhajis. All fairly average and a bit bland.

Service: Pretty good. I think this is a restaurant that is used to dealing with large groups and it showed as the service was pretty quick. However I did feel it was a bit rushed at times, especially at the start of the evening!

Overall I thought whilst the service was pretty decent and quite friendly the food was dull and disappointing! Also it was rather expensive (£30 a head)for what we had, but perhaps 3 tenners will become the norm rather than the exception for the cost of a curry outing in future!
overall
 3.2

restaurant Omar Khayyam
review date October 2016
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 3.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 4.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 3.0
price £33 (including tip)
comment Poppadums, very fresh and crisp. A good selection of dips but no lime pickle sadly.
Starter of fish pakora. In the rush to get the food to the table quickly I got a piece of chicken pakora in amongst the fish pakora. Did point it out, but decided to go for my impromptu 'mixed' pakora. All very tasty but salad was a bit watery (needed to be dried first after it was washed probably).
Main of Charsada Lamb Karahi. The lamb was a bit tough (I suppose it came from a tandoor oven rather than being slow cooked) but I really did enjoy the minced lamb.
Sides of tarkha dahl and bhindi bhaji, were both pretty good I felt, particularly well cooked okra.

A restaurant that seems to pride itself on its speed of delivery and its ability to handle large groups of people, most of the time it does with aplomb. However, there were a few issues that I've already mentioned.
Also because of their aim to get you in and out quickly, I couldn't help feeling a bit rushed throughout.
overall
 3.6

restaurant Pataka
review date April 2009
pre-starters
 2.5
starters
 2.5
mains
 3.5
sides
 3.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.0
price £23 (including tip)
comment The starters (both pre and normal) were distinctly average. The Chicken Tikka kebab was simply 4 pieces of chicken that had very little in the way of a spicy flavour to them.

My main course of methi gosht was better but again lacking in a lot of flavour. The lamb itself was fine apart from one chunk that was a bit tough. Sides, pretty mediocre.

I thought the service was quite good compared to some places we've been to, as we were just about all done and dusted at just after 9pm.

Overall though, nothing to write home about although I did quite like the Charles Rennie Mackintosh theme, unusual for an Indian restaurant, but the chairs are not comfortable!
overall
 3.1

restaurant Rana's
review date October 2011
pre-starters
 2.5
starters
 4.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.0
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 4.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment The poppodums were crispy enough but I did not care for the spiced onions and lime pickle that I thought were quite uninteresting!

However the starter of fish tikki (spicy fish cakes) were really quite nice! Also very good I thought was the main course of rana's chicken punjabi style! It was hot and spicy and I enjoyed it very much!

I also enjoyed the side dish of bhindi saag, which I'd not seen before. It was a very green dish and also very tasty however was disappointed with the tarka dahl and sag aloo I'm afraid!

I thought it was going to be quite a shambolic evening though! Yes they took our drinks order as soon as we arrived but we still hadn't seen a menu even after finishing our poppodums! Ended up having to ask for them - which is always a poor show - but then I really enjoyed my starter and main course and overall I thought it was a pretty good curry!
overall
 3.7

restaurant Rivage
review date July 2009
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 5.0
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 3.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment We had a complimentary pre-starter that was some kind of bread fried in spicy batter with a small selection of coriander chutney, carrots and onions. It was very good and left a bit of a hot taste in the mouth, I have to say!

I then had a top notch starter of murgh tikka tiranga. It was 3 pieces of chicken that each had a different marinade and 3 different sauces too. I also thought my wife's ginger and potato fritter thing was great too!

For main I had a Karhai (I think?) ghost, lamb with peppers and onions. Not too spicy but very tasty and the lamb was reasonably well cooked. Also had one side dish of bombay potato and spinach that was outstanding!
My wife had an aubergine curry which was good but not a patch on Kalpna's marinated aubergines!

All in it was £25, including tip, a bottle of wine and even coffees! So excellent value for money. Yes they still don't play Indian music and the front of house staff are not Indian either. Some people might find this detracts from the overall ambience but I don't have much issue with it, especially as the food and service is very, very good.
overall
 4.4

restaurant Rivage
review date May 2008
atmosphere
 4.0
service
 4.0
starters
 3.5
mains
 5.0
sides
 5.0
price £22.00 (including tip)
comment I have Saag Gosht quite a lot on these curry outings, but that was one of the best - fantastic, rela melt in the mouth lamb. Great side dishes too, superb Tarka Dahl and an excellent roasted aubergine. Over all - superb and great value for money.
overall
 4.4

restaurant Rivage
review date November 2013
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.5
price £24 (including tip)
comment The poppodums were lovely and crispy with very good selection of chutneys, especially the tomato based one that was unusual but very nice.

Starter of Sonfiyani Machli (Monkfish wrapped in a mustard marinade). Great tasting fish whose flavour was enhanced rather than overpowered by the marinade. Top marks I would say!

Main of Karhai Gosht. Very well cooked lamb and a lovely spicy sauce.

Sides. The spinach and potato dish was excellent and the aubergine with chilli and peanut gravy was also very tasty. However the tarka dahl was not very good. For me the texture was wrong and there was no where near enough garlic.

Service was decent enough. There was a bit of waiting around as the restaurant was quite busy and there were only 2 working the whole of the front of house.

For the most part, the food was of a very good standard and it deserves to remain as one of our higher rated restaurants!

Finally, apologies to all for not checking that even though they are licensed they do allow you to BYOB, but still very good vfm nonetheless!
overall
 4.3

restaurant Ronaq
review date October 2014
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 3.5
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.5
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.0
price £24 (including tip)
comment The Poppadums were fresh and crispy and the spicy onions were good, but the lime pickle was not sour enough for me and left a salty aftertaste. Not much to say about the mango chutney and the other one - (apart from pretty forgettable!)

Starter of Black Pepper machli (peppered Sea Bass). Despite only being two small portions, the fish was superbly cooked. It didn't come across as having been too spiced, which probably worked in it's favour as it was just the flavour of the fish (and that was excellent). What didn't work with the fish was the accompanying mint yoghurt dip, the flavours of both definitely don't go together in my mind.
Overall whilst it was very enjoyable, I was a tad disappointed with the portion size and flavour combination with the mint yoghurt dip.

Main of Lamb Jalfrezi was spot on. Tasty, spicy, good amount of heat (for me) and the lamb was tender I didn't use a knife!

The two side dishes of chana bhaji and tarkha dahl were both of a very high standard.

Service was very attentive although one mistake was made when an incorrect main was brought out. An apology was immediately offered though and the correct dish brought out shortly after. All finished by just after 9 in a very busy and bustling restaurant.

Clearly getting a lot of things right on this evidence.
overall
 4.2

restaurant Roti
review date November 2008
pre-starters
 5.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.0
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.5
price £35.00 (including tip)
comment This restuarant made a very good first impression as it laid on excellent pre-starters of little mini breads and very tasty dipping sauce with lovely carrot and red onions. A superb alternative to popadums!

The haggis pakora was FANTASTIC!

I had a bit of a change for my main course, which was a Goan fish curry. Not hugely spicy, but very tasty.

Also, really good service with complimentary bottle of wine and great atmosphere.

Top notch rastaurtant! Most enjoyable. It was also very good to get a complimentary desert. It it was meant to encourage us to come back, well I think it probably worked.
overall
 4.6

restaurant Saffrani
review date July 2011
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 3.5
sides
 3.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment I thought the poppodum was crisp and fresh and the pickle tray was pretty good too with an excellent lime pickle and spiced onion thingy that was quite hot! Didn't like the basil inspired green one as much though!

Starter of Chicken Tikka - superb! Really lovely juicy meat with a nice spice to it!

Main of Madras Sag Ghost. I thought it was a nice dish, and the lamb was very well cooked but it didn't blow me away. Above average I would say but not fantastic.

We had sides of tarka dahl and sag aloo. Good consistency in the tarka dahl but bit bland. Sag aloo no more than ok.

When we arrived we found ourselves split into 3 tables with separate orders which probably worked out ok in terms of getting served. However they were only willing to accept 1 McCoy's voucher per table, so each table had the price of a main course deducted from their bill. Some might say that the atmosphere was sullied a little by this, but I felt it was a nice place, our host was very friendly and the poppodums appeared on the table without anybody asking (to my knowledge) for them. So on the whole an enjoyable evening with good but not outstanding food - the starter apart!

overall
 3.8

restaurant Shezan Tandoori
review date March 2012
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 3.0
mains
 3.5
sides
 2.5
service
 2.0
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 3.5
price £25.00 (including tip)
comment The poppodums were lovely, fresh and crisp and the lime pickle was excellent. However the pickle tray selection was very small and apart from the outstanding lime pickle the rest were a bit non-descript.

Starter of chicken pakora needed the dipping sauce to give it a bit of interest. Decent and tasty enough but that's about it.

The lamb in the main dish of Balti Gosht was very well cooked but I felt the sauce was too caked in curry spices for my liking and it made it very cloying!

The tarkha dahl and mushroom bhaji sides were pretty good, if small on portion. Unfortunately the 'disputed' sag aloo was awful. The potato wasn't cooked through and the spinach tasted odd. Great naan bread though!

The service was ok if a bit chaotic at times. They didn't help themselves though by disputing that a missing sag aloo was our fault. That was definitely very bad form!

I think the Shezan has just recently re-opened following a refurbishment and it all feels like it is still a work in progress. There are some things that are really very good but there are still quite a number of things that need to be worked on!
overall
 3.1

restaurant Spice Lounge Kitchen
review date April 2014
pre-starters
 3.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.5
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.5
price £26 (including tip)
comment The poppadum that I had was not very crispy. Whilst I did not like the mango chutney concoction, I thought the spiced onions and mint dip were pretty good. Felt it was 2.5/5 but gave an extra half mark for the complimentary deep fried lentil finger that was rather nice!

Starter of Awadhi Chicken Tikka that was nicely spiced. On the whole the chicken was cooked well and was still tender and juicy apart from one piece that had gone a bit dry. Good effort with the side salad, that was tasty too!

Main of laal mass (slow cooked lamb with hot spices). Not as hot as the 3 chilli indication on the menu would lead you to believe but it did leave a nice warm tingle in the mouth. Lamb was tender and the dish was tasty but not outstanding. I liked the Garlic Naan too as it just to my taste on level of crispiness.

Sides of Dal Panchnil and Sabzi masala. The Dal was thin and a bit watery but quite tasty. The other was not really my thing but was hot and spicy.

A few mistakes were made with the service but on the whole was reasonably decent.
Finally there was a nice relaxed atmosphere in the Spice Lounge I felt.
overall
 3.7

restaurant St John's Curry Club
review date October 2008
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment To begin with we had crispy poppadums with a nice chutney and lime pickle.
I then had a starter of chicken pakora that was superb followed by a main course of Amritisari (I think!?) gosht. A lamb dish with fenugreek and other spices. Very tasty although not as hot as the menu would lead you to believe.

Also tried a side dish of Tarka Dhal. It was nice and garlicky but perhaps not amongst the best that I've had this year.

All in all a great dinner in a compact and friendly restaurant. Good service without being overbearing. Would recommend it as a possible venue for a future curry club visit if it wasn't for 1) location - a bit far out of town although it is on St John's road so good bus links and 2) it is quite small and may struggle to accommodate a party size greater than 10.
overall
 4.2

restaurant St John's Curry Club
review date September 2015
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 3.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were crispy but I felt that the pickles and sauces were fairly average. The lime pickle was not sour enough for my taste but at least there seemed to be plenty of everything.

Starter of St John's Special Puri, in my case with chicken, spinach and hot! I thought it was top notch. Tasty and spicy, it really was excellent!

Main of Bengali Green Lamb was very nice although not too much heat (even though the menu described it as 'fairly hot'). I did enjoy the flavour of the fresh mint and coriander but the lamb was a wee bit chewy in places. Loved the lemon rice especially when I got bits of lemon in it!

I felt the sides that I had (tarkha dahl, bhindi bhaji and Panir muttir) were mediocre. I think the tarkha dahl had been sitting out under a heat lamp as it had a conjealed skin on it when it arrived on the table.

As seems to be the norm with large parties in small restaurants service was very slow. The mains did not arrive till 9:15. In some places we would be paying the bill and heading out at that point. Don't think the kitchen could cope with our party of 13. On the plus point I felt the service was professional as I don't recall a mistake being made. They were also pretty friendly.

On the whole if I discount the disappointing sides I felt that the food was really good and as I live about 5-10 minute walk away I will probably return. It is however not a place that is really suitable for a large group of curry tasters!
overall
 3.8

restaurant Suruchi
review date July 2014
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 2.5
sides
 2.0
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.0
price £23 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were nice and crispy. For the dips there was an excellent lime pickle, a fiery chutney with peppercorns (I liked it), good spiced onions and a mint yoghurt that was a bit too sweet.

Starter of Seekh Kebab. Very tasty but needed the spicy sauce that came with it!

Main course of South Indian Chicken. The chicken was nicely cooked as it was tender and succulent. However this dish was advertised as spicy in the menu but sadly it was quite bland. There seemed to be too much yoghurt added and it looked as creamy as a korma. It was more like chicken in gravy than the curry I was expecting. I also had some of Barry's lamb dish that was also lacking in spice.
I have to say though that I did enjoy the lemon and mushroom rice that were both very good!

Two side dishes: An Aubergine one (Bhagara Baigan) and Bombay Potato. The Aubergine was very well cooked although there was no spice in the sauce whereas the Bombay Potato had a very spicy sauce but the potatoes were undercooked(still a bit hard)!

On the plus side, the service was very good, the interior was fresh and modern and it wasn't too expensive.
overall
 3.2

restaurant Tanjore
review date October 2012
pre-starters
 1.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 2.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £20 (including tip)
comment There appeared to be what can only be described as a haphazard approach to service. Firstly it took a while for our order to be taken, which made for an especially long wait for those wanting soft drinks! There was an even longer wait for the papadams (as spelt in their menu!) and we didn't get plates to eat them from! Also plates for main course were delivered too early. Whilst they were hot to begin with, by the time the main courses started to arrive the had gone cold!

The papadams, sadly, weren't the freshest and I thought the lime pickle and mango chutney were just dull!

However I have to say that the Chicken Pepper Fry starter was outstanding! I couldn't fault this hot, spicy and very tasty dish, it was terrific!

Main of Tanjore Curry was pretty good. Very spicy and the lamb was very well cooked (no need for a knife). I didn't think that the sauce went too well with the lemon and coconut rice though as they had quite strong flavours. Both rices brilliant in their own right, though! The bread (can't remember it's name) was like sweet puff pastry - unusual!

Sides of Potato masala and lentils & spinach were decent enough.

At £20 a head (it's BYOB) it is decent vfm but I would only really want to return for the starter!
overall
 3.4

restaurant The Clay Oven
review date September 2008
pre-starters
 3.0
starters
 3.0
mains
 2.0
sides
 3.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 4.0
price £25.00 (including tip)
comment This is a bit of a strange one. My initial impression was we were going to be in for a bit of a culinary treat but in the end it's a bit of a let down.

My main gripe is with the main course, Although the lamb was perfectly cooked, the methi gosht tasted of nothing. 2 out of the 3 side dishes were awful. The tarka dal was superb though, it has to be said.

I also had a mediocre starter of chicken tikka but although it looked like it was going to be good, it ultimately failed to deliver.
overall
 2.9

restaurant The Everest
review date March 2010
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 3.5
mains
 3.0
sides
 3.5
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.0
price £28 (including tip)
comment Poppodums, light, fresh and crispy - lovely!
Great lime pickle but didn't think the other chutneys and dips were up to much.

We then had a complimentary appetizer of sizzling chicken and onion. They obviously knew that it was going to take them a while to get our dishes out (which it did), so well done for ensuring we weren't going hungry while we waited for our starter and main.

Unfortunately wait we did, despite practically being the only diners in the restaurant it took an age for the food to arrive and when it did I have to say I was a bit disappointed.

Starter of mixed choyla (lamb and chicken) with a chapati, was well a bit mixed! The chicken was great but the lamb was tough. And guess what it was also tough in my main of lamb katmandhu. I thought the sauce with the main was really good though (it had timbu spice in it) but I prefer the lamb to just fall off the knife rather than being too chewy!

Sides were a bit mixed too. Tarka Dahal a bit watery, Bhindi Bhaji was quite good though and I also quite liked the aloo tama bodi.

The service was friendly enough but very slow as we didn't leave the restaurant until 10:15! And that was when it was quite quiet - I would hate to be there when it was busy! Overall I left feeling a bit underwhelmed!
overall
 3.4

restaurant The Himalaya
review date April 2010
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 3.0
mains
 3.5
sides
 5.0
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 3.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment Pre-starter: The poppodums were nice and crispy and the lime pickle was excellent, and plenty of it too!
Starter: Chicken kebab. A little bit disappointing, chicken nice enough but overall I thought the dish was a bit bland.
Main: East Indian Lamb Jalfreezie. I found the lamb to be a bit too chewy for my liking. Quite liked the sauce although felt it was the product of mixing some green chillies into a tin of chopped tomatoes.
Sides: I thought the tarka dahl was superb, quite possibly the best in Edinburgh, and it seemed to have a bit of heat to it too. Bhindi Bhaji and Sag mushroom pretty good.
Service: Excellent. We were all done and dusted by 9:15. There are some restaurants where we would be lucky to be starting our main course at that time if 14 of us showed up for dinner, so well done and thank you for that!
Overall: A good restaurant that only occasionally for me lived up to its status as being the initial winner of the restaurant of the year award and the only one to win it more than once. It was nowhere near what I was expecting and it seems to have lost of bit of the lustre that it had many years ago! Disappointing!
overall
 4.0

restaurant The Himalaya
review date August 2014
pre-starters
 2.0
starters
 2.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.5
price £28 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were fresh, warm and crisp - excellent by themselves. However very much let down by the accompanying pickles and dips. The mango chutney was ok but the lime pickle was way too salty. My main gripe though was with the onions that were just sliced not chopped and not much else added to them to make them any more interesting.

Starter of chicken kebab. Thought the chicken was a bit dry and lacking in flavour and spice. Also sadly the salad was not fresh. It felt like it had been prepared and then left out too long as it definitely had gone off a bit. Poor effort!

Main of that old Himalayan favourite of North Indian Chilli Gosht was very good! Hot and spicy as ever and the lamb was very well cooked.

Sides were reasonably good. I thought the bombay potato was especially nice and the tarka dahl also good but mushroom bhajee distinctly average.

Excellent service and we were all finished by 5 to 9!

Definitely a curry of two halves for me as it started off poor but finished strongly.
overall
 3.6

restaurant The Himalaya
review date June 2012
pre-starters
 5.0
starters
 2.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.0
price £20 (including tip)
comment Excellent lime pickle! Hot and sour with big chunks of lime in it. Can't go wrong with that. The pops were fresh and crispy too!

Starter of chicken kebab had no spice to it at all! It was just pieces of chicken to me, most disappointing!

However my main of North Indian Chilli Gosht made up for that, it was very spicy with plenty chillies and the lamb was very well cooked. Very much enjoyed it!

Sides were a bit of a mixed bag. On the whole not the best, tarkha dahl wasn't garlicky enough, bhindi bhaji was tough in places and mushroom bhaji, bland. But the Bombay potato was superb!!

I thought that the service was pretty good and they dealt with our large party of 16 very well indeed.

On the whole the Himalaya still does a great curry, I'll just have to choose a different starter in future!

overall
 3.9

restaurant The Khukuri
review date July 2009
starters
 4.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.5
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £30 (including tip)
comment I best could sum up our visit thus: Excellent food but spoilt by rather haphazard and chaotic service.

In their defence, it is quite a small restaurant and it was quite busy. There was another party of 6 as well as a few couples in addition to ourselves. However does it excuse completely forgetting about poppadums and almost doing the same with the chapatis, I'm not so sure.

The food on the other hand - when it was served - was very good. I enjoyed my starter (number 5) which was a combination of spicy lamb and chicken with a chapati and my main course (number 52) a lamb dish was fantastic.

So great food but getting a bit pricey at £30 a head!
overall
 4.2

restaurant The Khukuri
review date April 2016
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 3.5
mains
 3.0
sides
 3.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.0
price £35 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were fresh and crispy and the accompanying pickle tray was pretty tasty. I particularly liked the spiced onions and lime pickle with chilli.

Starter of Chicken Choyla was nice and spicy enough but I was a wee bit disappointed with portion size. Also looking around the table other starters looked miles more interesting than my small chicken stew with pitta bread. Nothing special, I'm afraid.

Main of Namche a traditional Sherpa curry with Himalayan herbs (jimbo & timbo)! I thought it was pretty tasty but again it was nothing special. Lamb was a bit tough as well.

Sides: Tarkha dahl and Aloo Gobi very average but the Sag Paneer was really excellent!

I felt the service was pretty good and was better and quicker than I was expecting especially as the restaurant was really busy. However whilst it was pleasant enough, the food wasn't as brilliant as I remembered it from 6 years ago!
overall
 3.4

restaurant The Khukuri
review date December 2009
starters
 5.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.0
service
 1.5
atmosphere
 3.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment When we were at the Khukuri in July of this year it was noted that the food was top notch but as we were a large party the service was not.

Five months later and it's the same story!

I thought the starter and main dish were absolutely superb! To begin with I had the nepalese fish pakora to begin which had jimbo, timbo and hymbo spices. No idea what they are but the pakora was delicious!
For main course I had solukhumber bhenda, a lamb dish which I had before and was superb again. I also loved the naan breads (keema and garlic), which were fabulous!

Now unfortunately the service was a let down once more. Despite requesting two tables we were eventually merged into one big one of 12 with the inevitable result of a long wait for food.

This is not a venue that can cope with a large group of people in one go, but the food is superb. So whilst it is definitely worth a visit, only do so if there is less than half a dozen of you!

overall
 4.0

restaurant The Prince Of India (closed)
review date February 2009
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 4.0
mains
 3.5
sides
 3.5
service
 0.5
atmosphere
 3.0
price £25.00
comment It took almost an hour from our arrival for the starters to arrive. I know we were a big group, but that is frankly rediculous!! When it finally arrived it was pretty good actually. I had Pathia Special Puree of chicken and bhindi! [Wonder how long it will be until the main course?]

Well we had to wait ¾ of an hour for the main course. It wasn't worth waiting for. I had Punjab Lamb with fenugreek that was ok; a but too orange though and the lamb was a bit tough.

Sides - nothing to write home about.

All in all, a bit disappointing.

To round it off, let's not forget the service, which was slow; slow; slow!
overall
 1.7

restaurant The Raj (closed)
review date June 2014
pre-starters
 2.0
starters
 2.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 2.5
service
 2.5
atmosphere
 1.5
value for money
 1.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were crispy enough but the dips were extremely disappointing, one tasted like tomato ketchup and the mint yoghurt type thing was too watery and tasteless!

Starter of Aloo Kofta (Spiced fried potato cakes with minced lamb) was decent enough. Some spice in it but it wasn't served all that hot and the last piece was distinctly cold by the time I got to it.

However the main course of Goan Lamb Garam Fry was the highlight of the meal for me. Well cooked lamb in a tasty hot and spicy sauce, it was very enjoyable!

Sides: The Bombay potato was awful. The potatoes were undercooked and the sauce was bland (0/5). Tarkha dahl was ok (3/5) and bhindi bhaji also ok, although the first bit I had was tough and chewy (not nice) but the rest of the okra was fine (3/5).

Service was a bit lackadaisical I felt. A drink order was forgotten and there was no urgency to come and collect the cash at the end of the night. Not good enough, especially as we were the only table!

It was quite poor all round I thought and even the excellent main course will not convince me to make a return visit.
overall
 2.1

restaurant The Raj (closed)
review date April 2008
atmosphere
 3.0
service
 2.0
starters
 3.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 5.0
price £22.00 (including tip)
comment I had lime pickle in my main course of Arachi Gost and it was simply superb! A real flavoursome dish as were both of the side dishes that I had. Top quality! Shame then that the starter was pretty mediocre and the service was quite poor.
overall
 3.8

restaurant The Spice Pavilion
review date January 2012
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.0
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 5.0
price £25 (including tip)
comment Poppodum was lovely fresh and crispy and I thought that the pickle selection was excellent. The lime pickle in particular was fab!

Starter of haggis samosa (well it had to be done as it was Burns night) was tremendous. Supremely tasty haggis and I enjoyed it very much!

Main of Nizami Gosht, which is what I had last year. I thought it was a fantastic dish then and I still think that a year on. Top notch! I also enjoyed the lemon rice and chilli naan.

I tried a variety of Dahl sides (Tarka, Sambar & Sagwala(?)- with spinach! ) all pretty good I thought!

Finally I have to say that I was well impressed with how they dealt with our large party of 19. Service was excellent, friendly and prompt.

A fine evening was then rounded off with a well deserved presentation for the CTCTROY for 2011. On this evidence it will once again be the one to beat this year too!
overall
 4.7

restaurant The Spice Pavilion
review date January 2013
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.5
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 5.0
value for money
 5.0
price £26
comment Poppodums were tremendous. Fresh and crispy with a great selection of pickles.

Starter of spicy duck. Couldn't fault this dish at all. It was very well cooked and yes, nicely spiced!

Main of sambaal murgh. Hot but with a lot of taste, superb! Also loved the strips of fresh ginger garnish!

Very good sides with a stand-out Tarkha dahl I thought, that was thick with lots of of garlic.

Once again we had an outstanding dinner at the Spice Pavilion with their usual excellent service and hospitality.

It is always a real pleasure to dine here!
overall
 4.9

restaurant The Spice Pavilion
review date February 2011
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 5.0
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £30 (including tip)
comment To begin with the poppodum I had was nice enough. Loved the lime pickle but didn't rate the other chutneys too highly!

Starter of spicy duck - delicious! Really tasty and of course spicy with a nice heat to it. Great side salad too.

Main of nimzla gosht - superb! Again a great combination of heat and spice with well cooked lamb! Also really enjoyed the lemon as well as the usual pilau rice, and chilli naan!

The sides of tarkha dahl, bhindi bhaji and sag aloo were all excellent. Couldn't fault any of them!

The service was impeccable. We were all finished by 9pm, no mean feat considering how many restaurants struggle to serve a large party such as ours! As others have commented there was no wrong or missing orders or cold food! Very well done!

I thought this was a class restaurant and I for one will certainly be back!
overall
 4.8

restaurant The Spice Pavilion
review date January 2014
pre-starters
 5.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.5
service
 5.0
atmosphere
 5.0
value for money
 5.0
price £20.00 (including tip)
comment A great round of crisp fresh poppadums with the usual cracking selection of pickles and chutneys, all of which were top notch!

Starter of spicy duck was as good as I remembered. A fantastic hot, spicy and tasty dish!

Main of sambaal murgh I've had a few times before and enjoyed very much. It is normally very hot and spicy with a hint of sourness (due to the vinegar) but on this occasion I felt - for me at least - it was just a bit too hot. It was still really good though with a good depth of flavour amongst the heat.

The sides of tarka dahl, sag aloo and chana mushroom were of a very good standard. I especially loved the chickpeas in the chana mushroom which were just about the tastiest and spiciest chickpeas ever!

Also top marks to our waiter who was very personable and extremely efficient.

An excellent evening was finished off a complimentary Kulfi pud and a bill that came to just £20/head with a tip - outstanding!

Another tremendous evening, but then we've come to expect that from this excellent restaurant! Worthy champion of champions!
overall
 4.8

restaurant The Spice Pavilion
review date January 2015
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.5
price £28 (including tip)
comment As The Spice Pavilion is under new management this was a chance to see how it measured up to the restaurant that won the CTCTROY award 4 years in a row.

Excellent fresh, crispy poppodums with a nice lime pickle, spiced onions and chutney.
Decided to go for a couple of my old favourites for Starter and main course.
I had a starter of spicy chicken (note that they don't seem to do the duck version anymore). I have to say it was as superb as ever - loved it!

Main of Nizami Gosht also still as good as ever.

I thought the sides of tarkha dahl, sag aloo and bombay aloo were also top quality.

Service wasn't quite up to the usual standard though. Still personable but a few mistakes were made probably due to their over eagerness to impress. That said I thought that the food was what we've come to expect of The Spice Pavilion. I would say it's in very safe hands indeed.

overall
 4.5

restaurant The Spice Pavilion
review date January 2017
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 4.5
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 4.0
price £33 (including tip)
comment Nice fresh and crispy poppadums with a good selection of pickles and sauces, especially the chilli sauce. Lime pickle was a tad mediocre though (for me).
Great we had 2 chutney trays between the 5 of us!

Excellent starter of Haggis Samosa (well it was Burns' Night). Couldn't fault it, tasty and spicy with crisp pastry.

Main of Lamb Jalfrezie was very good but not as spectacular as some of the other mains that I've had here.

The tarkha dahl side dish was certainly one of the best and the sag aloo top notch too.

As usual service was superbly organised and attentive when it needed to be.

So yet another visit to The Spice Pavilion in January and I thought it was still of a very high standard! It was a shame that it was so quiet but it might be that it is the end of January and before pay day for some.
overall
 4.3

restaurant The Spice Pavilion
review date January 2016
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 3.5
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.5
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment I didn't think the poppadums were the freshest but they were crispy enough and the dips were excellent, in particular the great lime pickle and chilli sauce!

Starter of Spicy Chicken. Pretty good, and definitely spicy but nowhere near the Spicy Duck that this restaurant used to excel at!

Main of Nizami Ghost was superb as ever though. A tasty spicy mix of lamb and lamb mince. Also really like the little pieces of ginger you get as a garnish. Excellent lemon rice and naan bread too, incredibly difficult to fault (or better)!

Sides that I had were all extremely good. Nice and garlicky Tarkha Dhal, a Mushroom Bhaji that was really tasty and sag aloo.

Given that there was almost 30 of us the staff did an excellent job in making sure that the wait was kept to a minimum as was possible to do. The service was also very attentive and friendly, as we've come to expect.

The Spice Pavilion is still an excellent restaurant, well done once more!
overall
 4.4

restaurant The Verandah
review date November 2014
pre-starters
 2.5
starters
 2.0
mains
 3.0
sides
 3.5
service
 1.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 2.5
price £28 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were hot, fresh and crispy however the accompanying pickles were all a bit mediocre. The lime pickle was not sour enough for me and it was quite bland.

Starter of Verandah mix (a mixture of meaty kebabs with chicken and veg pakora). Looking back at my review from 2010, I rated this dish very highly sadly however this was a very poor imitation. All of the meaty items were dry and lacking in flavour with the only decent thing being the vegetable pakora (which was quite good actually).

Main of North Indian Chilli Garlic Lamb. Whilst the lamb was cooked well enough the sauce was average. Not too much heat to it, despite being touted as a 'Fairly Hot' dish on the menu.

The sides of tarkha dahl and bhindi bhaji were quite good, I thought.

Service was haphazhard and disorganised, nor was it attentive enough. Dishes were not delivered in a timely manner, the sauces for the starters arrived after they were mostly eaten and we ended up with an extra unordered main course dish. It was also pretty slow as we didn't finish till almost 10 o'clock.

I enjoyed this restaurant last time out in 2010, despite the slow service, as the food was very good but this time around it was very disappointing!
overall
 2.6

restaurant The Verandah
review date October 2010
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.0
price £27 (including tip)
comment Nice fresh poppodums, pickles ok but nothing out of the ordinary.

Starter of Verandah mix. A most delicious starter of chicken, lamb and sheek kebab with chicken and vegetable pakora! It was all superb, it was just unfortunate we had to wait until 20 to 9 for it!

Main of Green herb lamb. I was expecting this to come with a green sauce but actually the sauce was brown with chopped spring onions and coriander on top (green bit). I was initially a bit disappointed with that but actually it was full of flavour and the lamb was lovely!

Sides. Despite the Tarkha dahl being main course size I only managed to get a spoonful of it! That along with the other sides we had, were I felt a bit average!

Service. Ok so the dinner took over 3 hours but we are having to expect long waits more and more it seems. The restaurant was busy and there was 13 of us, so its probably not a surprise of how long it took. On the plus side it was friendly, they did ensure we had all the right dishes and they took our McCoys vouchers!

However, I felt the restaurant to be too small and a bit cramped for a large group of people.
overall
 3.8

restaurant Tiger Coast
review date August 2013
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 4.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 3.5
price £28 (including tip)
comment Nice crispy poppodums with a cracking lime pickle and even the mango chutney was great!

Starter of Chicken puri was pretty good. I enjoyed the spices but I felt that while it was good it was by no means fantastic.

Main of Lamb Goa was very good. Well cooked lamb and nicely spiced!

Sides. The tarkha dahl was outstanding I felt, thick and garlicky - just the way it should be! However the other side dishes were average at best and the sag paneer was a big tasteless disappointment!!

As ever the service was good and friendly, and it was another very enjoyable evening after a fun day out in North Berwick. I don't think it quite hits the heights it once did though. Very good but not brilliant!
overall
 4.0

restaurant Tiger Coast
review date June 2009
pre-starters
 5.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 5.0
sides
 5.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 4.0
price £30 (including tip)
comment Excellent pre-starter of light crispy poppadums with a very fine lime pickle.

The Salmon Tikka starter (what else?) was very nice but it didn't seem as good as last year so must deduct half a mark.

However I have to say this place can really cook side dishes - all were fantastic! We had bhindi bhaji (I think its very good that they cut the okra into small pieces), tarka dahl (awesome!) and sag aloo (a delight, the potato was so well cooked, what can I say?)

I shared the main courses of Goa Lamb and Chicken with Gav. It was extra hot, so perhaps a bit too many green chillis for me but the meat was certainly superbly cooked and the sauce was lovely - difficult to fault!
overall
 4.7

restaurant Tiger Coast
review date June 2008
atmosphere
 4.5
service
 5.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.5
price £24 (including tip)
comment Excellent food. I was very impressed by the brilliant salmon tika starter! Then the main and side dishes were just superb too. Really enjoyed the dinner and the atmosphere too. Also sauce was very good too. Very impressed!
overall
 4.8

restaurant Tuk Tuk
review date February 2013
pre-starters
 4.0
tapas
 3.5
service
 2.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £22 (including tip)
comment Poppadums fresh and crispy accompanied with a very nice selection of pickles and chutneys. Let down by the fiddly little jars that they came in though!

Tapas style restaurant:
Bengali Fish Cakes - nothing special (3).
Ginger Garlic Chicken - best of the bunch for me (4.5).
Baby Aubergine & Potato - nicely cooked but a tad uninspiring sadly (3).
Railway Station Lamb - good, but didn't quite do it for me (4).

The service was haphazard to say the least. They didn't seem to have enough staff to work what was a very busy restaurant. Saying that not to have our order taken until almost an hour after sitting down, is simply unacceptable.

However, I do quite like the concept of the 'Indian Street Food' and does offer something different to your typical Indian restuarant.
overall
 3.3

restaurant Umair
review date August 2008
pre-starters
 2.0
starters
 3.0
mains
 2.5
sides
 2.0
service
 1.5
atmosphere
 2.0
price £28.00 (including tip)
comment One word sums this restaurant up - bland!! There was nothing to distinguish it from anything other than ordinary. Starters were dry. Main course dull (every body looked like they had the same sauce base). Poor side dishes. Rather non-descript surroundings and to cap it off, very slow service. It was at least friendly though. Not even average, sorry!
overall
 2.2

restaurant Vinyasa
review date November 2015
pre-starters
 2.5
starters
 3.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 4.0
service
 2.0
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 3.5
price £30.00 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were fresh and crispy but sadly let down by very bland pickle/chutney/onions. The lime pickle in particular was nowhere near sour enough for me!

Starter of macchi (fish) kebab was ok. Fish was well cooked but there was a complete lack of spice. Unfortunately the sauces didn't arrive on the table until after I had finished it, the first of many gripes I had with the service!

My second gripe came when the main dishes came out followed by the sides, rice and naan bread and I was still sitting there without my main of Lamb Karahi.
I had to ask a waiter to find out that my main had been dropped on the floor and so they were preparing a new one. So accidents happen but it would have been nice to have been told that there was going to be a delay!

So I started on the sides of tarkha dahl, sag aloo and mushroom bhaji. I thought they were all very good. When my sizzling main finally arrived I have to say that it was excellent. Nice and spicy, good level of heat and well cooked lamb. Also tasty naan bread too. Enjoyed it very much!

On the whole then very good food but let down by pretty poor service at times. I should also add that they didn't make a good first impression when we were forced to wait whilst they organised a table setting for us. Not good at all when we had already reserved!
overall
 3.5

restaurant Voujon
review date February 2010
pre-starters
 3.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 2.0
sides
 4.0
service
 2.0
atmosphere
 2.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment Superb lime pickle, one of the best I've tasted so top marks for that but there was not enough of that or other pickles and the poppodums tasted a bit stale to me.

I really enjoyed the starter of meat samosa which I thought was very tasty!

Main of methi ghost quite dull. Lamb very well cooked however it was meant to be medium hot but I'm afraid it wasn't at all spicy and there was way, way too much sauce that was all a bit gelatinous.

I thought the majority of side dishes were very good especially the aubergine Brinjal bhaji and I did enjoy the Voujon dahl and Bhindi Bhaji too.

I felt that the service we received was quite lackadaisical. It seemed that they were only going through the motions and this lack of interest was summed up for me by two things:

Firstly our waiter stood at one end of our table (with 11 of us) trying to get everyone's order when he could have moved down the table like everywhere else does and secondly they asked us to pass the plates for our main course down the line. I thought that was a really poor show and something that no self-respecting restaurant should ever contemplate doing!
They did however take my voucher that normally would only apply to a maximum of 4 people and give us a 15% discount off the food bill for all 11 of us, so thanks for that!

A bit of a mixed bag! Some things were really good, whilst I felt they let themselves down badly on other aspects. Overall uninspiring not helped by an atmosphere which I felt was a bit flat
overall
 3.0

restaurant Yak and Yeti
review date May 2015
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 4.0
price £26 (including tip)
comment Very crispy poppadums with a really nice selection of dips, I particularly like the "spicy curry" and "minty green yoghurt" ones. Initially only had half a poppadum each but then we got the other half to use up the excellent sauces.

Starter of Daram Ko Maccha (fish cubes with mint and chilli sauce) was fabulous! Nicely battered fish with a tasty sauce - loved it! It was also - like all the other starters - really well presented!

Main of Lasuni Kukhuri (Nepalese Style Chicken) I felt was best described as being a spicy sweet and sour type dish. Great garlic naan bread too.

Sides (tarkha dahl and mushroom dopiaza) were a tad disappointing given that everything else was really good though.

Service, yes it was slow and yes we didn't get out until after 10 but I'm willing to cut the sole waiter a bit of slack. The restaurant was really busy and I thought he dealt with it all pretty well.
overall
 3.9

restaurant Yak and Yeti
review date March 2014
pre-starters
 4.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment We had half a poppadum each - complimentary apparently - that was fresh and crisp. I thought the dips were pretty good and I particularly liked the one with the smoked garlic.

The starter of lamb sekwa was excellent. Nice amount of spices and there also seemed to be some mint in there too, that made it really tasty. Delicious!

Main of Poleko Kukhura (chicken and spring onions) was very good. It wasn't too hot or spicy but did have a lot of taste which I enjoyed very much.

Sides.
The Tarkha dahl and chana massala were pretty good but I felt the saag paneer was a tad disappointing and the cheese was a bit rubbery.

However overall I enjoyed this one very much!
overall
 4.1

restaurant Zest
review date August 2011
pre-starters
 2.0
starters
 3.5
mains
 2.5
sides
 2.0
service
 4.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 2.5
price £29 (including tip)
comment Whilst the poppodums were crispy they were also a tad salty. On top of that the lime pickle also had a bit of salt in it. I felt that everything was overpowered by the salt as that was all the taste I had in my mouth, and that was not good!

The starter of seekh kebab was pretty decent and quite spicy. Not bad at all, but not outstanding.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the main of the Sir Walter Scott lamb Sarisha. The lamb was quite well cooked and obviously nicely marinated but it seemed to be lacking something for me as there was no notable spice or flavour to it. Nice enough but quite dull for what is supposed to be a medium curry.

I felt the side dishes too were all a bit bland and uninteresting, the tarka dahl especially was a bit thin and clearly needed more garlic to be added to it.

Where this restaurant did well in was the service which was very good and we were all pretty much finished around 9-ish. There was a mix-up when the ordered garlic naans turned into plain naans when they arrived at the table and so had to be returned but that aside it was pretty good and pretty friendly, and also a few of us enjoyed a drink afterwards at the behest of our genial host.

However despite that I doubt I will making my way to Zest with any zest in the foreseeable as sadly I didn't find the food to be that interesting.
overall
 2.9

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