Went into this restaurant really craving Indian as we hadn't had any in a while. My older son was over from America and was really wanting a good spicy curry. Walked in to find one French family already seated. Other than that, the restaurant was empty. When we asked if we could sit by the window, we were told that it would be too crowded. That was warning sign number one. But being the polite people that my in-laws are, we stayed. I personally would have walked out. We sit down and they proceed to take our order. We order all our food then we told them we wanted the samosas out first. The waiter tells me "I will bring it all out at once". I then firmly tell him "No, you will bring out the samosas first". He brings out the samosas and I ask if I may have some mint chutney to go with the samosas. He points at some yellow concoction and tells me that is it. I then tell him that it is not the same thing. Warning sign number two. Then he comes out and tells my older son that they haven't got any naan bread. I have never been to an Indian place that does not have naan bread. I almost wanted to ask them if they wanted me to pop over to the shop and get some for them. Warning sign number three. We have our meal and it was ok. Just that, ok. The tandoori chicken was tasty but the veggie curry that came with it was bland. I am positive it came out of a tin. We didn't even finish it. After our meal, my mother in law asked if we could take it away and asked for a takeaway only to be told that we had to pay for the containers. Ok fair enough. She made some comment under her breath that they don't charge for containers in America when the waiter snapped at her and said "This isn't America, this is England". Now, I wouldn't have been so bothered by that comment had the person saying it actually was able to SPEAK English properly. My mother in law then tried to make light of the situation by telling the waiter they lived in Cranbrook to which the reply was "I don't care".
For 75 quid for 4 adults and 1 child, this restaurant is overpriced. To be honest, it is not even authentic Indian cuisine. No daal on the menu? No naan bread?
Mahal means expensive in some languages. That is pretty accurate for such a poor excuse of a restaurant.
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