I had been recommended to try this south Indian restaurant by an Indian Chef and as I have a friend who is vegetarian was looking forward to the vast and interesting vegetarian menu. We were welcomed warmly and shown to our table. We ordered drinks and then pondered over the menu. On enquiring we were told that the 'vegetarian feast' was 'of the chef's choice' and could not be drawn further so we decided to order our own various dishes so that we could sample what was on offer... so far, so good. It was clear that there was a difficulty in communication but the waiter/Manager was charming and was pleased that I knew some Hindi from my years in India as a youth. We ordered a selection of starters and then various main dishes with rice. We laughingly said that we felt we needed a bigger table for all the food we had ordered and without delay were whisked to a larger table. All good, so far.... we waited, and waited and then eventually a trolley arrived with our main courses on... they had completely forgotten our starters! They proceeded to wheel the trolley away but we were so hungry by then that we urged them to serve and said we would forgo the starters....the food was indeed varied but some of the dishes were less than luke warm so they took them away to reheat.. I was also keen to try their bonda's as I had learned to cook them at an indian cookery course (ethnicfusion - excellent) so asked them if we could have a portion of them as we missed them at the starter. These duly arrived, hot and crispy - not quite as spicy as I would have expected but nice all the same. So, many of the previous comments rang true; chaotic - even with only a few tables occupied - and didn't deliver an entire course; some food not hot enough; they also charged us for the Bonda's which was a shame considering the circumstances, HOWEVER the food was very tasty, such a refreshing change from the usual 'curry houses' (I lived in Bangladesh too so also love their food); not swimming in oil/ghee; the heaters were working just fine and the staff could not have been more amusing and charming.... if a little 'forgetful'. It really reminded me of those bygone days in India. I would go back unreservedly and try all the things that we 'didn't get'! I would like to score more on the ratings but feel that on balance it is fair. Will hopefully be able to score more next time.
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