We went to Dilli Delhi as. a party of 4 for a weekday dinner. As I am sure many before us have done, we fell into the 50% off voucher trap and decided to walk past our loyal and delicious regular indian spot, the Pind.
Where do I begin?
As soon as we sat down, we were handed 2 menus the waitress had just taken from a party of 2 on the table behind ours. Why we weren't given 4 menus is baffling, as the place was pretty much empty. Before we had time to even turn the page, the waitress was upon us asking what we wanted.
We asked for more time (little did we know, this was the only thing we would be served in abundance this night!) and ordered some drinks.
As we had no reservation, we thought it would be best to make sure our vouchers were acceptable, so after we ordered our food, we asked and the waitress said of course no problem.
Apparently, not the case. DO NOT mention the vouchers as that means you get service that is well below par and have to wait until they serve everyone else in the restaurant.
After a half hour wait, we received our starters- onion bhaji and vegetable pakoras. After such a long time waiting, you would expect a much MUCH better quality product and it was not up to scratch at all.
Then came even more waiting, over an hour of it in fact, in which we were entirely ignored by the staff whilst customers who had been seated after us were served their food.
Eventually one of our party went to ask the waitress how long we could expect to wait to which she said 5-7minutes. Again, not the case. Almost 20 minutes later, our food arrived.
To add insult to injury the waitress was in no way apologetic and told us there were 7 tables before ours (there was not) who had all been served first, quote 'you need a reservation for the vouchers'. How a reservation would have helped is a mystery as the place was pretty empty.
The food- luke warm which was rather infuriating as it meant it had sat out cooling while we sat hungry in the dining room. Quality was also below expectations. Even for half price, we wont be making a return visit.
On the way out, we saw our dirty plates and napkins piled on another table. In addition we were greeted by a sewage smell on the way out, coming from the half open door of the toilet. The bar area we waited to pay our separate bills in was to say the least, depressing. Dead flies filled the lights, the air vent appeared to be covered in a thick, oily film.
Being just down the road from the Pind- an immaculate and high quality dinner for the same price, I just don't see how Dhilli Delhi can expect to compete. A return visit is definitely off the cards, 50% off or not.
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