Went there the other night, restaurant was very quiet, but we thought maybe this is usual for a Monday night, we were the only people in there at one point; which was a little concerning, but we were pleasantly surprised by the buffet.
The choices were good, small selection of starters and the most tender chicken tikka I have encountered in a while. Salads were great, fresh and crisp. Tend to have gone overboard with the samosas though, would have been nice to see, something other than trays of different flavoured samosas. Bizzare choice of doner meat as a starter???
Small range of main dishes, vegetarian choices also. No real need for the chinese additions, prawn crackers, prawn toast, spring rolls etc, diners come for the indian food, not a couple of chinese dishes, just get rid and replace them with more indian choices.
By far the nicest main dish was the, chicken madras, really good to see a restaurant making good use of curry leaves and mustard seeds, was very tasty.
Lamb vinaloo was fine, although some fresh green chilli would have been nice, meat very tender.
Dahl was a bit bland, but well cooked. Tarka Dahl would have been better.
Naan breads cooked to order, all in with the buffet price of £9.95, a little overpriced in my opinion, when compared to other buffets out of Hull. Akash at Cleckheaton is by far the best buffet ever and the same price on Sundays, with a massive range of food to choose from.
The restaurant itself is very nice, open and airy, quite modern, has some nice little booths to sit in.
I think the only issue was that the british waitress was quite cold and formal, she is obviously efficient, but could maybe improve on her customer service by smiling a little and being more natural. Unless, of course, she is naturally like this.
She was very harsh with another waitress, an indian girl who was obviously new to the job, but she was spoken to as if she were stupid, and very loudly in front of diners, I felt sorry for her.
When a guy came to the door to enquire about work, the british waitress, took his number, had to endure a bit of clumsy flirting from the young man, but proceeded to tell him, in rather a loud voice, her age (23), that she did have a boyfriend, that the restaurant was dead and that they'd only taken one booking all evening, things weren't going well. Now we were seated at the far end of the room and heard every word, I don't really want to hear that the place is not doing too well. I was a bit shocked that she seemed to have no regard for the customers hearing any of this. Maybe at 23yrs old she hasn't quite got the life experience yet, but in that case, should she be managing a new starter, she's not quite ready for people management yet, until she addresses her front of house role.
The experience on the whole was fine, I would return as the food was good for what it was, although I don't think that I'd get a takeaway, as I witnessed a lady come in, order a chicken tikka masala, then saw one of the kitchen chefs come out with a plastic container and fill it from the buffet. Not really what you expect.
Tapasvi, not bad, a few minor changes needed to warrant the price, but on the whole a decent buffet restaurant.
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