We last tried this place several months ago and our experience then was bad. Despite that, we thought that out of fairness we ought to give it another go because it used to be very good. Monday at the Newaab used to be excellent value, offering a choice of three different starters, four different main courses (one lamb, one chicken, two vegetarian), rice and freshly prepared breads, all for £7-95. But sadly, it is now awful and needs a rethink.
The spirit burners that are supposed to keep the trays of food hot were not in fact lit and the trays of food were left uncovered. In a restaurant kept at an unwelcomingly cold ambient temperature (about 16 degrees) this meant most of the food was stone cold. It is such a shame. The restaurant is capable of producing the best starters I have ever tasted, but who wants to eat cold onion bhajis, or cold shami kebabs? They have a consistent problem with the silly little spirit burners blowing out and even when lit they only heat the middle few square centimetres of the tray. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that a one-off investment in a few electric food warmers might be a good idea! The buffet meat dishes are now mostly prepared with low grade meat ‘on-the-bone’ and after being picked over by customers it is often difficult to find pieces of bone with meat left on them and often all that is left is cold sauce with cold bones in – yum!. The food was again very bland and tasteless without even a hint of hotness and certainly no fresh chilli in evidence. The vegetarian dishes had again almost run out and what little was left was, of course, stone cold. In fact, the only hot food I had all evening was a freshly cooked garlic nan bread – it’s a shame that I asked for a tandoori roti, but apparently they had run out of flour for rotis.
Looking at the menu, £7-95 seemed good value for as much as you could eat of onion bhaji, shami kebab, tandoori hot wings, lamb balti, chicken karahie, tarka dall, bombay aloo, pilau rice, tandoori roti and garlic nan bread. But if it is all so bland and/or so cold that you can’t eat it, then it is very poor value indeed.
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