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“appalling treatment by staff here”

Kennington Tandoori
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Ranked #12,836 of 23,214 Restaurants in London
Price range: $26 - $40
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Nearest tube - Kennington, Oval(Northern line) Vauxhall (Victoria line) Bus service 159, 59, 3, 133, 415, 333
Description: The dining room at Kennington Tandoori is an elegant space dressed in lemon, plum and chocolate colours. Located on Kennington Road, this south London restaurant draws a local crowd and is always bustling with a lively mix of tables for two, business groups and politicians. The food is the real star of the show here, and the kitchen staff at Kennington Tandoori pay attention to detail - roasting and grinding all their own spices and making up all their own fresh stocks in-house. The menu – which is filled with classics such as the chicken tikka cooked with almonds, pistachios and coconut cream in a saffron sauce – is complimented by a bespoke wine list created by Caspar Auchterlonie.
Reviewed March 7, 2013

2 of us went here for the 4th time recently. despite booking a table we were seated at a table next to folded concertina doors, and when we asked to be seated elsewhere were initally told the other tables were only for people who had booked. after being reseated and after ordering a drink we were asked a few times by waiting staff if we were ready to order. wanting to relax and have a drink while deciding what to order, we asked if we could have some poppadoms (surely a standard part of the indian dining experience). to our horror we were told no, and that if we wanted poppadoms we must also at the same time order our meals.having discussed this quietly with the manager, at the bar and away from other diners, he informed me that the staff 'preferred' customers to order starters and main courses if they wanted poppadoms. he advised me quite categorically that we would not be allowed to have poppadoms unless and until we ordered starters/mains. I have never experienced anything like this. we are a young professional couple, we were not drunk or in any way badly behaved, we were quiet and well dressed. While the food here is excellent, the attitude of the staff (the manager in particular) is completely appalling. It seemed quite clear to us from the beginning that we were not welcome in the restaurant. In the end we got the bill for our drinks and left. The manager seemed to be more concerned about a few poppadoms and a bit of chutney than in providing a good dining experience to people who have in the past and would have been on the night willing to pay good prices for nice food. SHOCKING AND APPALLING. The management and owners of this restaurant need to have a think about how they treat people

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10  Thank londonboyo
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

I know that locals love this place. We recently went after some friends recommended it to us. The place itself is very cosy and we found staff and owner lovely and attentive. We were pleased with our choices in the menu. Everything was freshly prepared and well presented. The only downside here is the price as we find the overall experience a little bit expensive considering.

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2  Thank Hubinlondon20
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

If you like Indian food this is excellent, you also get a bottle of wine for orders over £40.00, had a take away for 4 of us and it would have fed 6! It was wonderful, tasty, presented very well, in a lovely carrier bag and nicely packed inside in great reuseable tubs for the freezer! Thoroughly recommended

Thank Julie S
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Food was incredible, worth spending a little more than just any old curry house, atmosphere and service were wonderful, feeling relaxed and well cared for. In london it is rare to find a sense of local community. KT is right the centre of the community in kennington, always offering a friendly greeting to those passing, and an open door for anyone fancying a good meal, or just a drink with other friendly locals and staff. Thank you!

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Thank FJM2
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Up in London on business, and ended up at the Kennington Tandoori.
Found the staff to be helpful, and not 'too in your face'. Went with the £20 per head set menu (choice of 4 differnt mains) Food was good, but the company was excellent.

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Thank Mark F
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