We found this place on Saturday night as we were looking for somewhere to eat in the pouring rain. Being on a side street, we thought as a group of 4 we might be able to get a table without having made a booking.
After a short wait by the bar the waiter told us he had a table ready in the centre of the room or if we didn't mind waiting the table by the window was just paying their bill so we could wait for that. The menu was extensive and had some great options for the vegetarian in our group, while still having a great selection of meat dishes.
We all had a starter and main each. The chickpea puri I had for starter was delicious, I wish they made it in my local Indian restaurant back home. I could have had it again and again. We all agreed the food was lovely. We are all huge Indian cooking fans being from Leicester where there are numerous Indian restaurants to try, and this restaurant didn't disappoint on flavour, spice or portion size. The bill was about £90 for 4 adults, so not too bad for 2 courses each and a round of drinks.
The staff were attentive, asking after our food and drinks, but left us to ourselves for the evening which was good.
The restaurant itself is a little garish, painted in bright colours and with a picture of Bill Clinton on his visit to Chutneys on the wall behind the bar. It's a little cheesy to be honest, and would be much better painted simply and to let the food speak for itself. The décor might put some people off entering.
The downstairs toilets could also do with some improvements. I found it strange that the ladies had a full length mirror opposite the toilet, so you could see yourself on the loo. Also I'm only 5 foot 3 inches but with the ladies being under the stairs my head was touching the ceiling whilst I was stood at the sink washing my hands. Anyone taller would have to be bent over to avoid hitting their head.
Overall a great dinner out, I would return again if I came back to Oxford.
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