I was quite taken aback by the vehemence of some of the negative feedback for this superb restaurant; I tried to read between the lines and think that people seem to miss the point about Spice Bazaar. So; if you are expecting sticky carpets and bombay mix this is not for you; if you want to gaze at the fish tank when waiting for a seat ..,. dont go there; if you want over-cooked and over-spiced high street nosh ... this may not be for you but, if you would like something very very special from an "Indian" restaurant then you might just want to try this for yourself. My wife and I ate there on Thursday 18th October on a 2 day visit to Dartmouth. We were welcomed with deference ... as valued customers and shown to a table that was close enough to watch the chef[s] at work in the kitchen. I emphasise this because you can see the "real" ingredients ... and nothing that I saw came from a freezer. The Poppadum starters don't include Lime Pickle but ask for it and it will appear. There is no need to describe the food other than to say, from start to finish, we both thought it sublime and would eat there as often as our budget would allow.
The team who run it are not smiling, gawking clowns but will, if you care to try, engage with you at any level from friendly to reticent ... they leave it up to you to make the first move so, if you don't engage with them they will just serve you, politely and properly using their own culture to lead them [Not Ours].
To the team I say ... Guys, don't take the criticism to heart ... some people just don't, and will not, understand your ethos but we did, do and will continue to do so. The bst Eastern Restaurant I have enjoyed on three continents. Well done.
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