My three friends and I made a special visit to the India Villa in Thaxted last Friday. We ordered 4 chicken Phal's and even though they were not on the menu they were happy to make them for us. The service from the very start was fantastic and unlike any Indian I have been to before. The staff were polite and attentive without being pushy. We found them to be very professional and well trained. We never felt rushed and were left to enjoy our food. We each had Popadoms, starters, mains+sides and desserts and were very impressed with each and every one of them. The prawn puree starter for me was beautiful tasting and you could tell everything was cooked fresh. Even the narn breads were the best I have ever eaten. Slightly crispy on the bottom, not greasy and full of flavour. One of my friends also said the narn bread was the best he has ever had.
After all of us ordering beer, popadoms, starters, mains, sides and desserts we were expecting the bill to be very high. We were delighted to see at the end that it was a very reasonable £24 each. I've paid this sum before in Indian restaurants and got far less food and quality.
I live in Braintree so the India villa certainly isn't local ( 30 mins away ), but after Friday night I know that we will certainly be returning. We are planning on this becoming a once a month visit as I believe after Friday's visit alone we know to expect high quality food with the service to match.
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