What I liked about Tandoori Royale is their extended dining hours ... They are open until 12:30 in the morning. So if you have a midnight curry craving, this place will be open. My big issue with this restaurant is the naan bread. It simply was made unlike any Indian restaurant I have eaten at: either in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, or the USA. The naan was 1.5 inches thick ... it was flavorless and doughy. I queried the waiter, and he said this is how their recipe is, and is how it is in all of the UK. I will admit this is my first Indian restaurant in the UK in years, but it was simply a big disappointment to me and my guests. We ordered 4 expecting the normal thickness, and we had 3.5 left uneaten by the end. I ordered Chx Tikka Masala which was pretty nice, but I felt the Masala sauce was very sweet ... too sweet. I thought i tasted (more like felt between my teeth) the granules of poured sugar in the sauce.
We had some vegetarian dishes which were decent, and the yogurt beverage was very nice.
They also hit a peeve of mine which is serving warm soft drinks poured over ice which is guaranteed to water the taste, and drive the fizz out of the drink. It is so predictable for anyone, that i find the practice such poor form bordering on demonstrating a simple careless attitude toward the customer and serving a quality drink. Not to over-emphasize a watered down, flat drink, but why cant they get this right? they were good about finding me a pre-chilled diet coke in the end.
The whole meal for 3 people was about 65 pounds which I felt didnt represent value for taste or money....
The service was so so. It has been my experience that most Indian restaurant service levels are above the mean for other types of restaurants ... maybe because they have more staff usually, but this time around it seemed i was calling the single waiter over for service. it was late, he was flying solo on the floor, but we were the only diners at the time.
I read the other reviews and I just didnt have the same experience.
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