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“Could have done so much better”

AAJ India Cafe & Restaurant
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Ranked #18 of 363 Restaurants in Launceston
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

AAJ India used to be quite popular but since Pickled Evenings arrived on the scene some years ago - it’s gone down hill and seems quite content there. I was here a few years back and I had a disappointing experience and, well, at least they’re being consistent. Things seemed to be amiss when I tried to contact the restaurant to make a booking. The phone rings through and the website no longer exists. I should have trusted my instinct and gone up to George Street.

Sadly, the dining area appears to be colonised by an old refrigerator and old lounge furniture. The restaurant was cold, and one of the plates on our table dirty. Virtually no one in the restaurant on a Friday night. Initially the waitress - who was friendly - appeared flustered. When the food arrived the beef and chicken dishes seemed to be mostly sauce, the quality was ok but certainly not anything to write home about. The butter chicken definitely was not “to die for” and the masala beef was tough. A number of small things that on their own wouldn’t be worth mentioning but when combined made for an ordinary dining experience. We would have been better off dining at home or getting take-away. It is no cheaper than better Indian restaurants in Launceston. I definitely won’t be returning again.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 23, 2019 via mobile

What magnificent service in this charming restaurant. We felt very looked after, And were most pleased to discover that it was BYO. The samosas were extremely tasty including the plum sauce that came with them, the butter chicken was a delight to the taste buds and the lamb spinach curry was also sick and delicious. However it was the service that made tonight so special!

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 16, 2019

There are many good Indian restaurants in Launceston and this is one of them. The food can't be faulted, the decor is interesting, service is good. The one time we ordered takeaway they were a bit slow, we waited 20 minutes longer than their estimate. Both times we have eaten in the restaurant we enjoyed it very much.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed April 11, 2019

Our second experience of dining at AAJ India was just as good as the first. We shared the vegetarian platter for starter and thought the waitress had made a mistake as there was so much on the plate. We had to doggy bag an onion bharji and one of the two enormous samosas just to allow a bit of room for our main course!
I had a chicken biryani and my husband had lamb and spinach for the main course. Both were superb, the meat was perfectly cooked and the portion sizes were good.
I had a glass of Tasmanian wine, hubby had a couple of beers and all were well priced.
It was a quiet night of the week, so not many others in the restaurant. The service was good, the waitress was attentive and helpful.
Overall, an excellent meal with good service and reasonably priced.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed February 16, 2019

On the reviews, this was one of the best Indian choices in Launceston. Walked in to see Indians eating there - usually a good sign (unless they are family). Started off poorly with sticky tables. Only one waitress for 50-seater restaurant, just as well it was barely half full. Had to ask 3 times for the glass of wine, which finally appeared 20 minutes after we ordered it and one minute before we walked out. Stayed for the rest of the meal, which was as good quality as you can get in Australia, standard size serves, and average sort of price. Staff apologized for the slow service, and compensated with a few complimentary pappadums - well, at least they made the effort. Some effort at ethnic décor, and ethnic music came on late in the evening.

Date of visit: February 2019
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