Qumins seems to fancy itself as a curry house of higher standing than your average fare, with the prices to match, but while the restaurant itself may have a little more style, it really has little to recommend it.
I've been twice now and been underwhelmed both times. Most recently, we went on a Sunday evening as a group of four and it was awful.
Our poppodams came with the very standard range of gelatinous chutneys - nothing new or original in those, which I always think is telling.
We then waited a good 45mins just to have our order taken. Twice we called a waiter, or the manager, over to ask if we could place our order - it being 930pm on a sunday. They were obviously understaffed.
After another 30mins our food arrived. The menu is not particularly broad, which I usually think is a good thing - less chance of there being lots of very similar, generic sauces out of a tub.... but the food was uninspiring.
All of the dishes were cold. Luke warm chicken dhansak, with five cubes of meat looking sad in a baby-poo runny sauce. The vegetarian curry my girlfriend had was similar - a few chunks of veg in a green sauce. No richness, no real variety. But ultimately, it was all cold.
The waiter responded by arguing that we hadn't been waiting for long, in fact, we'd only been there for 15mins... sure, he'd ask for my dish to be reheated... but the rice was still cold, the bread was cold, and the rest of the meals were cold. The manager was even less contrite when we complained to him.
By this time, it was just time to get going. at £20 a head, a curry and a pint each, Qumins was an overpriced and extremely unpleasant experience.
If you fancy a curry, why not walk over to the Cowley Road and go to Aziz. We won't be going back.
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