On a warm sunny day in Paris we found ourselves wandering around a favourite haunt of ours in the pleasant, leafy suburbs of the historic Rueil Malmaison (which means 'ill fated' and home to the Chateau de Malmaison, bought by Napolean for Josephine). We were delighted to see that our favourite Indian restaurant was still in situ. We could see immediately that it had undergone a very attractive transformation and decided to go in and have a meal for old time's sake.
We were given a warm welcome and an electric fan was brought to our table to cool us down. The waitress stayed to chat after we had placed our order and told us that the restaurant had changed hands and we certainly approved of the changes. We were made to feel comfortable and valued and looked forward to tucking into a delicious Indian meal. So imagine our surprise when the food arrived served with a flourish in two very small brass cups over a tealight candle. The Korma I had ordered amounted to two dessert spoonfuls of sauce and when the rice came it was one small platter for two, not one per person as we had been served here previously. The portions were decidedly meagre and sadly, without flavour. When the bill arrived for two small Kormas with one platter of rice, a beer and an Orangina we were shocked to see it came to over 50 euros. In addition to this, a coca cola which we had not ordered mysteriously appeared on the bill. However, when we pointed this out and argued that we had not ordered it, it was quietly dropped. Perhaps the culinary problem could be resolved by appointing a new chef. This was a very disappointing dining experience.
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