My wife and I ate here twice in a fortnight, the second time to make sure of our opinion from our first trip. The place has apparently been in business for 15 years or so and I'm sure that it has been serving Kiev well over the years. There was certainly enough business from international customers while we were there. However, the restaurant now feels like a bit like the Raj itself - faded, past its glory days, like nothing has changed since it started up.
The food was variable - some dishes like the palak paneer and butter chicken were very good, but others were just plain mediocre. Two elements that didn't help (as noted by other reviewers): the cook seemed scared of chilli, even when we explained that we were used to really spicy hot dishes (although I stress that we're not 10-pints-of-lager-and-rocketfuel-vindaloo types), and some dishes seemed insipid as a result. Also, most dishes were lukewarm.
The wine list was reasonable and the service was friendly. Prices were average for the western pocket.
It was a disappointing experience, because with a bit more care with the food and listening to the customer, this could have been a great place to eat. As it is, I wouldn't give it a third chance.
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