I'm not going to beat about the bush on this one. By my (albeit single so far) experience you're not going to be welcomed at the door and whisked to a white tablecloth with crystal glasses and then read the menu for half an hour. Then again, you're not going to be reading the bill for half an hour at the end of the meal either. Nor will you be regretting your visit!
What you are going to get is some very authentic food or, if you prefer, the more usual "curry house after the pub" dishes. All of which makes this place great for mixed parties of people who want some authenticity but also more Westernised dish options too.
For example I asked if they had any curries "on the bone". That's normally greeted with a "not in England Sir" but here was greeted with, "sorry we only have a mutton on the bone curry in the pan tonight". It wasn't on the menu (at least I couldn't see it), and we Brits need to start trying curry on the bone as it's (almost always) better. It was very very good. This one was great (plenty of marrow left in the big bones). What's more, some of the rest of the party tried it and were happy too (maybe I'll convert them). I was happy with what they ordered as well (the house special curry with mince and with egg was particularly nice).
As mentioned above the decor is half-way between white-tabled cafe and restaurant (leaning more towards cafe) but do you really want to pay for a lit candle when you want a good curry? So, don't come with "ambience" expectations unless you want a "busy down-to-earth asian white-decorated open kitchen" ambience. In which case your expectations are set perfectly.
The best recommendation I can give is that I'm going back (tonight) and can't wait... Could be busy though given we've just seen the back of Eid (at the time of writing)...
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