Oh Dear, I can tell you that I take absolutely no pleasure in writing this review - but feel that I must!
Let's start witht the positives, the restuarant is clean and decorated in a colonial style that befits the name. The kitchen area is in full view of the diners and the service was swift, helpful and friendly.... now lets get onto the food!
We chose a starter and a Curry each from the Pakistani menu, along with poppadums to nibble and Pilau Rice and Peshwari Nann to accompany our main. The Poppadums were tasty, but very oily - not too much of an issue really. The starters, Sheek keebab and chicken Pakora, were nicely cooked and at this point we thought we had struck gold, sadly however the rest is downhill.
The Pilau arrived having been 'stir-fried' in a Wok and was hard and oily, the Lamb Bhuna it accompanied lacked depth in the sauce, which had a 'burnt' aftertaste and the meat ranged from chewy to hard in texture. The Chicken Tikka Masala - a Birmingham speciality - faired slighty better, in that the meat was properly cooked, but again the sauce had no depth of flavour. The Nann was a disgrace .. admit it guys, you warmed that up in a microwave? - soggy and doughy are the kindest words I can use, Nann is cooked in a tandoor, or at least something like!
My thoughts are that this kind of 'fusion' doesn't work - you can't cook good curries in a Wok - so stick to one thing or the other!
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