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“Was once a delightful take-away” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Cardamom

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The Cardamom
Ranked #12 of 13 Restaurants in Clare
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: This is a very good Indian Restaurant, with an excellent menu. Very popular with the locals as it was absolutely full on a Saturday night. Also does takeaways. Surprised its not listed as several other less good restaurants are listed in Clare. We ate there twice in 3 days and we know our Indian Food!
Suffolk
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154 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Was once a delightful take-away”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

It was once a delightful takeaway and the food was great, it saved us travelling to Long Melford or Haverhill. I think the chef has changed as we have been in three of four times of late, and the food is just not acceptable. I hope that they improve as we were so pleased when they opened in Clare.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“great food, attentive waiters, lovely atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

When this opened, we were really pleased to find it had some of the best Indian food we'd ever had was in our local village. Their first chef was extraordinary!

While they went through a definite down phase earlier this year (they lost their chef when he lost his visa), we went last night and the food was once again wonderful. You can see that they have changed the menu to reflect a new chef's strengths. They deserve to be visited.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ozne1990
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Clare, Suffolk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A wholly disappointing experience.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

We live in Clare and thought having an Indian restaurant locally would be a good thing. But in the several years it’s been open we’ve had many takeaways and eaten in there several times, simply because it’s convenient and other Indians are miles away.
They were advertising a new buffet style dinner so on 24 June 2012 we decided to give it a go. I rang and booked at lunchtime for a table for 7 in the evening, approx’ 5.30pm when they opened, no problem I was told.
When we arrived at 5.45pm they had no record of our booking, and said the buffet didn’t start until 6pm (not mentioned on the advertising). We sat for 10 minutes before I went and asked if we could at least have drinks and popadoms, this appeared to be a lot to ask, but after another 5 minutes they arrived with some pop’s and took a drinks order. The pop’s were cold and chewy, must’ve been left over from lunchtime, they were also not included in the buffet price of £9.95 per person.
The buffet was laid out at 6.10pm, and consisted of - Ck tikka, Garlic Lamb, Vegetable curry, Ck korma, Sag Aloo, Pilau rice, onion bajee and Garlic naan bread. (the naan did not come out until 6.30pm, and even then was only 2 cut up small). The food was overall ok, nice flavour.

The staff were grumpy and seemed annoyed that we were there (it wasn’t exactly busy with our table of 6 and a woman with her young son), they put drinks down at one end of the table and expected us to pass them to each other, the same with clearing the popadom plates and used glasses, the waiter stood at the end of the table, grunted and pointed until we passed them to him.
We would have had a better and cheaper buffet if we had ordered a dish each and shared between us! Also, my brother has a 1 yr old son, and there was no high chair for him to use.
A wholly disappointing experience.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Joanne141
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