I was expecting a lot as we'd been recommended by a friend who I consider an expert on good Indian food. First impressions were good with polite waiters who took care of us and brought drinks quickly on a busy Saturday night. Unfortunately, dressed up waiters and fancy presentation of the food don't make up for quality and value. The food is not that bad - far from it. It's just better than average, but where I have a problem is the relaxed (slow) service, average quality ingredients and sky-high prices equating to poor value for money.
Service - started well and drinks brought quickly but went downhill as we always seemed to be trying to grab someone's attention as there didn't seem to be a particular waiter assigned to our area. We arrived before 7.30 and left at 10.40 having had just two courses, drinks and coffee.
Food - I can only comment on what I ate which was the mixed Balti at £15.95. Taste was good, but prawns were frozen, and three pieces of lamb were gristle. Not what I'd expect from a restaurant with their reputation. We normally eat at the Okra in Derby or the Raj in Allestree and I have never had a piece of gristle in the lamb.
Value - We didn't have starters, but our friends did ( we did get "complimentary" popadoms), and two main courses, one naan, one pilau rice, two pints of Cobra, two soft drinks and one coffee came to £60. I'm afraid that's way too expensive for what we got and doesn't come close to reasonable value.
I suggest you look past the fancy waiters, the presentation and the "happy birthday" band and think about what it is you're paying for - you might be as disappointed as me.
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