Took the Mrs there last night. This was our second visit this year.
Service was excellent as before with drinks order taken as soon as we were seated.
We ordered the masala dosa and veg samosa to start, and for mains, lamb bhuna, lamb chetinad, boiled rice, veg fried rice and Peshawari naan. Drinks arrived quickly, along with complimentary popodums with dips. *I think they were complimentary as we never ordered them.*
The samosa's were perfect triangles of crisp shell and lovely potato filling. The accompaniments with the masala dosa were gorgeous, as was the potato masala inside however, the dosa itself was something of a disappointment. I've had quite a few of these, and also on occasion make them myself. A good, fresh dosa is hot and crisp, this one however was more like a cold, damp towel with no trace of crispness or freshness and I couldn't help thinking it had been made in advance. I do realise that on a busy Saturday evening that chef may not be able to keep up with the demand for dosa but that is not my problem, it's a staffing problem to be addressed by the management.
Mains were delicious, tender chunks of lean delicious lamb in perfectly spiced and seasoned gravy. The boiled/steamed rice was perfect, as was the Peshwari naan. The veg fried rice however, was disappointing. I would have thought that, at £5.99 for a portion, someone would have taken the trouble to peel a few carrots, chop some green beans, shell some broad beans, but most of the veg included in the dish came from a bag of frozen vegetables. It's forgivable to use frozen peas as we all know that they have a very short season and to be honest, shelling them is a chore. For £5.99 I would expect it to include at least a token couple of exotic Indian vegetables, bhindi, shakarkand, baingan, kathal etc all of these are readily available at most Asian grocers so come on Shri Bheema, lets keep it real and authentic!!
In summary this Indian restaurant has the potential to be one of the top five in Scotland or even the UK, but at £56 + £5 tip it isn't cheap, therefor I object to being served convenience foods ie; frozen vegetables, and a reheated dosa. If I want fast food I'll go to Macdonalds thank you very much.......
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