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“Lovely food but please grumpy waiter cheer up”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Vojan

The Vojan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $32
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: If you think you know everything about Indian restaurants, think again. A quiet revolution is taking place at The Vojan. Award winning Head chef Forid Ali has created a menu that will ignite your senses, combining fresh and intriguing flavours (drawn from his culinary heritage) with a modern twist. Vojan is a destination restaurant, but loyal local patrons still regularly enjoy their very own dining gem. The large, chic interior successfully incorporates a series of dining rooms on a succession of stepped levels. Each one is gracefully lit and enclosed, in part, byhewn-slate feature walls. Vases brimming with arching white lilies and tables set with crisp white linen create a natural yet sophisticated air. The spacious restaurant seats 200 diners, but the architecture and lighting evoke intimacy at every table. One of the dining rooms opens onto a contemporary private garden, which is perfect for parties. We offer a great diary of entertainment, ranging from Tribute Acts, Bollywood Evenings and Disco Nights - Friday and Saturday evenings, a fantastic Cooking Club, where you can come along and learn to cook with our chefs in our kitchen, Business Networking monthly Group and much more.
Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely food but please grumpy waiter cheer up”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014

We had a lovely meal here last night we were a party of 8
6 of us were vegetarians and were really pleased with the food this was much better than our previous visit

The welcome when we arrived was lovely but please can you get the grumpy waiter to be a little less abrupt when taking orders some of us found it funny but our visitors were taken aback when he loudly told them to be quiet only tell me what main dish you want..."..

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Teresa W
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Sharon B, Public Relations Manager at The Vojan, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Hi Teresa W, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We are so glad you liked our food and we are sorry if you experienced a 'grump waiter' we do appreciate all of our customers and sorry if his manner came across abrupt to you. We will mention this to our staff.
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A delightful find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

Due to bad timings we were really stuck and stumbled on the Vojan purely by luck AND ARE WE GLAD WE DID.

I always judge an Indian restaurant by how they tackle a Methi......you can tell a lot from that. These guys know their stuff, the service is great, the backdrop of Bollywood films playing and the great music was hypnotic. Rice cooked to perfection and the Lamb Methi my partner had was just melt in the mouth which so few know how to do well...these guys know how to cook!!! I had the chicken version which was superb also.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank 360Claire
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Sharon B, Public Relations Manager at The Vojan, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Hi 360Claire,

We are so glad you have enjoyed our restaurant, we vary our entertainment and glad that you liked this particular night. We will do it again!

Our main thrust is to provide our customers with high quality, fresh and vibrant food, which we are so glad you have highlighted in your review for us.

We really hope you 'stumble' upon us again very soon!

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us Claire!

:-)
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Essex, United Kingdom
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“Peter and friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

Always very good service and friendly staff going out there way to make to fell to home. Food is always of outstanding taste and will always recommend to a friend, no need or ask is ever to big for the team at Vojan.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Teresa S
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Sharon B, Public Relations Manager at The Vojan, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Hi Teresa S,

Thank you for posting a lovely review for us.

We are so glad you will recommend us and love our taste. We look forward to seeing you again soon and thanks for the 5*s!

:-)
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Always good but never great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

Best for take aways rather then eating in, Good quality curry always let down by poor quality breads and over priced drinks. Plates and glasses need replacing, Staff are shouted at and treated badly by management often in front of customers. Always busy and fully booked and for this reason standards will never improve.
They need to stop with the special offers and promotions and send the money on staff training and equipment. That said it is still one of my favourite Indians.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank mark f
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Sharon B, Public Relations Manager at The Vojan, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Hi mark f,

Thanks for your comments and we take them all seriously.

We note that you say we should stop our offers, we only have Monday to Wednesday offers and you do not have to take the offer, you can order as usual if you would like. We feel that people love the early week offer as they can come in and enjoy Vojan at a very competitive price whilst not breaking the bank. It's good to be able to offer something for everyone. Please come in and enjoy your great regular dishes if you wish.

Glad we are one of your favourites too!

:-)
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“Can't believe some of these reviews”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

Have visited this restaurant twice and have found food excellent and great service. Went Tuesday 24 June seven people one friend is always demanding and awkward customer but staff stayed polite and accommodating. We all had offer menu plus extras and drinks for £20 a head excellent price for good fresh food no complaint at all. One final point toilets were spotless.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank traveller087
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Sharon B, Public Relations Manager at The Vojan, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Hi traveller087,

What a lovely review from you, thank you for taking the time to post it.

We do try and accommodate everyone's tastes and requirements and glad that your more 'demanding and awkward' friend was happy too. Our deal, early in the week, that you mention has been very popular so we are glad that it worked for you too.

See you again soon!
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