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“A bit of let down”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal
Ranked #44 of 191 Restaurants in Banbury
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: The Sheesh Mahal is an award-winning Indian restaurant set in the heart of Banbury, Oxfordshire.Offering a memorable and sophisticated dining experience, our chefs are inspired by traditional Indian recipes dating back centuries. We pride ourselves on creating dishes to tempt and reward the taste buds.Led by proprietor Mohammad Khalid, our mission is to provide you with an experience that makes a meal in the Sheesh Mahal an extraordinarily special occasion.Using only the freshest and most authentic ingredients, each meal is an individual work of gastronomic art, capturing the wonderfully vibrant and exquisite flavours of Asia.There is ample free parking available for Sheesh Mahal customers at the back of the restaurant (Crouch Street).
Droitwich, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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“A bit of let down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

The outside of this restaurant is it's best feature, once inside it doesn't live up to it's appearance or reputation. The decor is bland and featureless, and there doesn't seem to be any ambience at all. The staff hardly raise expectations, whilst a couple of the younger waiters were reasonably smartly dressed, a couple wouldn't have looked out of place in an East End greasy spoon.
Drinks, as usual in an Indian were expensive.
Naan breads were more like cardboard,and the pilau rice was clumpy and flavourless.
The currys themselves are ok, but not the quality I would expect. In fact, it is fair to say that overall it was of the same standard as a supermarket meal.The meat was dry and chewy, and the sauces had only generic flavours.
The only highlight was the Chicken Tikka, which was very pleasant.

What did stand out was this is the only restaurant that I recall that actually seems to serve food on chilled plates. They weren't even at room temperature.

Maybe living in the Midlands has raised my expectations of Indian food, but an average rating is the best I could give.

  • Visited February 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Hugely welcoming restaurant with excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Been coming here for many many years, love the place and quite simply the best indian food for miles around. Khalid is always so welcoming and friendly, and the food is excellent - as others reviewers have said, always freshly made, you can really taste all the herbs and spices,
Richard, Jane and Ben

Visited January 2013
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Daventry, United Kingdom
1 review
“Best in the UK”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

My partner and I often drive 20 miles to our favourite Indian restaurant. The Sheesh Mahal consistently serves excellent food and provides a warm and friendly atmosphere. We've yet to find a better Indian restaurant!

  • Visited February 2013
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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“Not reccommended”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

This Stunning building is not delt any justice by this indian resturant. Food tasted salty and plain very much like it had came from a jar. When I returned it, the stroppy waiter snatched all the dishes from the table including one from under my friends nose and stormed into the kitchen. When my dish returned it tasted just as bad as it had done previously!

I doubt they make their dishes from fresh, tasted far too synthetic.

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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“Deliciious and Authentic Indian Cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

The decor is upmarket and the atmosphere is very pleasant. The staff offer you a warm welcome and the seating is comfortable.

The food is delicious and cooked with traditional spices and herbs. There is not "one base gravy" to which everything is added as all the dishes are freshly made.

Highly recommended for good authentic and subtle Indian cuisine.

  • Visited January 2013
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