If you are a fan of Indian buffets, I don't think you will ever find anything to better this. Aneesa's is a large restaurant on Newcastle's quayside. Friendly staff from the start, who show you to your table in this spacious (but not in an impersonal way) restaurant. It's all quite informal but perfectly organised. Everything is spotlessly clean. Starters are in one area, mains in another and desserts again in a separate space. This is where it gets really good. The choice is fantastic. Just about every Indian starter you can think of, and every type of bread and sundries. (I counted 4 types of yogurt and mint sauce!) Chicken tikka was the best I have had anywhere. I am sure that a lot of people would just enjoy the starters and bypass the mains - but that would be a shame as there is an excellent selection of mains and side dishes to try too. (though not as much choice as the starter probably about 25 different mains (and plenty of vegetarian choice for my herbivore spouse) You can obviously just keep going back and trying things, and I'd recommend this rather than piling your plate high. The staff have no problem with taking away your plates. You just go and get another.They also do some chinese stuff which they stir fry while you watch, but to be honest it seemed a bit of an afterthought and not neccesary. Then there's the desserts. If you've read any of my other reviews you'll know I don't get very excited about desserts. What I would say about this place is I have never seen such a massive range. traditional Indian puds were available (including gajub-jamun, a personal favourite, and which was very good) but they also had gateaux, cheesecakes, profiteroles, ice cream, muffins, etc etc - you name it and they probably had it.
Best of all this place is incredibly good value - £13.99 is the most you will pay (plus drinks which I thought were also very reasonable) Kids eat for half price. (they also had a selection of kid friendly food - pizzas, chips etc if they really want that) Any negatives? I'm struggling to think of any - ok the onion bhaji's were a bit dry.I can't think of anything else, and I certainly won't drop my 'excellent' for that. A special mention should be made of the attentive and friendly staff. They seemed to really want you to enjoy the experience. Go try it - you'll see what I mean.
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