I had to think for a while on what overall rating I would give this restaurant, some elements were outstanding some not so good……
Let’s start with the booking process, we like others had a Groupon deal, and upon mentioning the Groupon we were pressured into arriving earlier than planned I asked for a table midweek at about 7pm we were asked to get there by 5.30. When I explained we wouldn’t be able to make it by 5.30 we were offered times at 30 min intervals until we settled at 6.30. Quite why the need to do this escapes me because the restaurant was empty at 6.30 and still empty by 7pm when we were still dining.
So first impressions were not going well, upon arrival we were greeted well and the terms of the Groupon deal were explained fully and politely. The waiter (only one midweek) came over to have a chat while we were browsing the menu. He was very polite and very eager to help.
The restaurant is spacious, clean and tidy. Although the elaborate up market design is somewhat at odds, with the paper plasticy table cloths.
I ordered a Chicken Tikka Phall (off menu) which was not a problem and he asked me how I liked it cooked and even the type of base curry to use, Madras or Rogan Josh etc.etc..
The starter came sizzling hot and portion size was excellent, offered very good value and didn’t seem to have been cut down because of the Groupon deal, this was a first for us. If I really had to complain I would say that the Chicken Tikka was a little dry and overcooked, but on the whole a good starter.
The main dish arrived and the waiter had brought some fresh green bullet chillies to accompany my Phall explaining that there had been a debate in the kitchen as to whether or not to use fresh chillies in my meal the waiter said Yes, the chef said No. It was nice to have a bit of banter with the waiter and didn’t find this overbearing.
The meal itself was cooked well with plenty of flavour, again the chicken slightly overcooked. Portion size again was very good. Was it the best Phall I’ve ever eaten? Certainly not, but it certainly wasn’t the worst and the eagerness shown to cook the dish to my specific taste was admirable.
On to a few negatives, like other reviewers, lacks a good local pub to have pre-dinner drinks, obviously not the restaurants fault. There were a few comedy moments, when the waiter left the kitchen the Indian restaurant music increased to night club level, we could hardly hold a conversation, the waiter entered the kitchen and the music went back to background again he left and it was Bollywood on acid again, this scenario occurred several times. Quite comical and funny, made our day but could have upset quite a few diners in the restaurant.
The menu itself is limited, no beef dishes- shows some authenticity, but otherwise very predictable and not very exciting, although typical of a British Indian restaurant, I would like to see some authenticity on the menu, not to all tastes granted but if it can be found in abundance in Bradford why can’t we have some authentic Indian cuisine in Leeds? Yes I know Phall is not a genuine Indian dish but Thali, Dosa, and Chole are but absent from the menu.
To sum up a good restaurant trying it’s hardest to succeed offering good value and good service. I will be back without a Groupon and Yes please the waiter was right, fresh chillies in my Phall please!
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