I went down to Instow for the weekend with a group of friends. Now, we're regular curry conoisseurs, dining out every month at various establishments in Bristol, so our hopes were possibly set rather higher than most. On the flipside, it meant we know what makes a curry good.
But such hopes were comprehensively dashed. Firstly, the service was slow to the point of ridiculous- Forgivable maybe for a busy Saturday night. But not "hour's wait for ANYTHING" forgivable.
Secondly, our wait was punctuated with the constant screaming of one of the member of staff's children. For a good hour and a half. Clearly, said child was exhausted and upset, but they kept them in the middle of the restaurant. Almost to the point that some of the parents amongst us felt we needed to say something and really draining after a while.
Thirdly, whilst some of the food was barely passable, most of it was utterly terrible. My friend's "mixed grill" consisted of various pieces of chicken only. My curry included a "boiled" egg, which would be more accurately described as "fossilised", and some thoroughly iffy pieces of chicken in a thoroughly mediocre sauce.
I've been to India. I've eaten paneer there, and paneer here, but none tasted like that dished up at the Spice. Horrific- Either burnt or off, it tasted, just, wrong.
After a heated negotiation, we paid a discounted bill, and left in relief.
Seriously, if you even slightly know your food, avoid this place. Having lots of Thai and Indian dishes on the same menu isn't a sign of a good restaurant.
On the plus side, the draught beer is excellent. But it's hard to mess that up.
In conclusion- Glacially slow service, fair to dire food, unpleasant eating atmosphere- Avoid.
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