We dined here last Friday having seen favourable reviews on TA, I wasn't sure if the reviews were made up as there were so many first time reviewers (the irony in that this is also my first review) . Having seen and read the reviews we though we would give it a try. locating the restaurant was no easy task given we rarely travel to that part of town and when we did find the Pub it's attached to I wasn't sure this was such a good idea....how wrong could I be! the warm welcome from the waiter Sam and also a visit to the table by the owner made us feel extremely welcome- we hoped the food would not let us down.
the menu has many of the typical house fanvorites you expect at a Bengladeshi restaurant but there were so many dishes I had never heard of or was certainly not expecting. we ordered the lamb chops and the garlic prawns to start. the lamb was moist, tender and flavoursome not overlooked and dry like most indian restaurants in the area. I would rate the chops a 7 out of ten. The prawns were also good, not as tasty as the lamb chops but good. A 6 out of ten.
on to the main meal: We ordered railway lamb and the chicken chetinad and also a chicken tikka masala. The railway lamb was a revelation actually one of the best lamb dishes I've had- it's comes with potatoes and the lamb was on the bone- incredible flavours. I would give this a 8.5 out of 10. If you eat here and you like lamb order this- the lamb was soft and you could taste the flavour of the lamb through the mix of spices. Tasted home made.
The chicken chetinad had the right amount of pepper flavour and the chicken tikka masala was also just as good - although perhaps just a touch too red in colour- chetinad = 7.5 out of ten and masala = 7 out of ten.
I look forward to going back and dining there again and would say this is the best indian restaurant in Basingstoke by far.
you may think the my ratings are harsh- but you have to consider I've eaten at more indian restaurants than most people and also cook this food at home but this is the only indian restaurant I would eat out at in Basingstoke - it's very very good.
If I had to give negatives-
Prices are high for what I am used to paying at others, two starters, 3 mains, popadoms, nan, roti, 4 pints came to £100 inc tip- for 2 people.
Ambience/ location-the surroundings are not in keeping with the prices and its out of the way for most people- food of this quality and of these prices I would expect to see in an upmarket indian restaurant. However the food is first class- you will not get better tasting food nearby- certainly not lamb dishes and the services excellent- they really make you feel at home.
overall a great place for the food.
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