Sunday evening in a curry house can be a fairly desultry affair - not so Nellie Grays. There was some life about the place and the food was definitely up to scratch - if slightly limited by its location on a not very well connected island off the coast of France. When asked about the lack of bhindi/okra/ladies fingers (call them what you will) the restauranteur's response was very worthy and principled - 'we can't get them fresh and we won't do them from a tin'. He then went on to explain his approach to creating good food from good ingredients. It has stood him in good stead as he has built his business since arriving in Alderney in 1996 (if my memory serves me right)
Good food - and Cobra beer - chappatis served though not on the menu - I am fairly sure the tandoori mixed grill hadn't come immediatley from a tandoor but it was tasty and tender however they actually cooked it on the night. The pistacio kulfi was also a fairly good imitation of the real thing.
Service was impeccable - friendly, personable and prompt without being rushed. Being on Alderney you would go a long way to do better if you fancy an Indian - and many towns in mainland UK would be the better for a Nellia Gray's.
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