We looked for this place after seeing some really amazing reviews on Tripadvisor. Generally, we do our research online before finding a place to dine. 9 out of 10 times the reviews are very helpful and accurate. Unfortunately, the reviews of Norling were not the case, and were overrated.
The location and decor was great - easy to find, clean and nice atmosphere and music. The staff were generally friendly and very attentive.
The menu however was hit or miss. The main draw card - beef dumplings were succulent and juicy. But the vegetarian dumplings were very average and lacked flavour. Moreover, the beef curry was a huge disappointment. The meat was so dry that it was difficult to chew and required more drinking. The flavour of the curry sauce lacked complexity and the usual aromatic smell of spices. As a huge curry lover - this was not impressive. Finally the portions were quite small for the price tag.
Verdict? Try it if you want something different, but not a must.
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