We stumbled upon this restaurant on our way to Vujon and decided to give it a try instead. It was early evening on Sunday 17 February, but it wasn’t busy. The restaurant manager explained the food was from South West India and was different to that of usual Indian food. He was helpful in explaining the menu and recommending dishes.
Unfortunately, our choice of wine (South African Shiraz) was out-of-stock, so instead, we were offered the Australian House (£12); (it’s only 6,000 miles away). We passed on the pre meal selection of crispy snacks (£3.50) and pickle tray (£3.00) which were waiting to be served on the bar top. £3.00 for a pickle tray seems on the pricey side.
We both opted for the Chicken Cutlets starter (£4.75) Three breadcrumb covered deep fried parcels arrived with a small, if untidy, side salad and serving of sweet onion ratia (which was very pink in colour, actually, artificially too pink). The cutlets, if they can be called that, were nicely spiced with the potato, but there was no sign or taste of any chicken. I’m sure we had been given a vegie version, so that was disappointing.
For mains, with the help / recommendation of the Manager, we opted for the Lamb Stew (£7.50) and Lamb Curry (£8.50) with Tomato Pilau (£3.25) and Plain (£3.00) rice. The lamb in both dishes was the small pellet portion type, usually found in budget Indian restaurants. My stew was ok, nicely spiced, but let down by the quality of the lamb. My tomato pilau was also missing the cashew nuts. My partners lamb curry was very sweet with the coconut milk and had lots of potatoes. My partner didn’t enjoy the sweet sauce and there were too many potatoes / vegetables to go with the pellet lamb, which was very dry and poor for this type of eatery. We also had a Malabar Paratha bread (£2.75), which turned out to be a small layered dough bread which was poorly made and poor value.
Throughout all of this, we were seated next to the bar and the bar manager, who, whilst very polite, kept talking to us. We were out as a couple, to enjoy our own company, not his. On the final bill, they also added a 12.5% service charge too, which is a bit cheeky. All in, this is a restaurant we tried but wouldn’t return to. We thought the service was good, but the food is poor and expensive for the quality served. An opportunity missed. We will pass next time.
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