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“K2 the summit of Indian restaurants in Hemel Hempstead”
Review of K2 Balti House

K2 Balti House
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Uniquely styled, Hemel Hempstead’s K2 Balti House is situated on Two Waters Road, close to the banks of the River Gade, and between the very centre of Hemel Hempstead and the smaller area of Kings Langley. You won’t miss the restaurant - an imposing white painted building with its pillared entrance and statement blue neon exterior lighting. It has an eye-catching design with a very modern style, which continues on into the Restaurant itself, where comfort meets chic in the most dynamic of ways. Superb views out over pretty countryside scenery are enjoyed in the Conservatory area, while outdoor decking and Restaurant Terraces provide lovely "al fresco" dining away from the hubbub of the town centre. Service is extremely personable here at K2, with staff all trained to a very high standard, providing a truly professional but welcoming service.
Reviewed February 12, 2012

A possible indication that an Indian restaurant is doing great business is its takeaway offer. Many in Hemel Hempstead offer 'free' delivery or a discount if a takeaway order is collected. K2 is one of two in the town that does not. Yet it's takeaway business is soaring. And not to the detriment of the eat in business.

This is a big site, possibly over 100 covers. For a town of the size of Hemel, this is substantial. Parking is a complete nightmare. There are spaces, however access at peak times makes the on site parking attendant's job challenging. But it's worth it.

The owners of this former public house have invested heavily in the site and over the years appear to continually do so. The tardis-like site has what can be only described as a two-storey 'super-conservatory' bolted on the back of the original building. And it works very well. The former pub even has a garden and water feature to offer daylight viewing opportunities as well as imaginative lighting creating an ambience at night.

This big venue might not be the best eaterie for an intimate meal for two - although there are some quieter areas, you still can't miss the vibe of a large eating area. Ideal for family occasions, or work-related celebrations and events, K2 demonstrates that a higher than average meal cost can not only survive in the town but thrive.

The service is well above your average Indian, as is the quality of food. Okay, this is at a price, but it's worth paying. All the staff are attentive and friendly. Happy to help as well as demonstrating a knowledge of the menu and ingredients. The menu could be a little more creatively presented. There are glimmers of 'high street' that just doesn't fit in the overall ambience. A small point but would assist on taking K2 to the next level.

The food is supported with a half-decent wine list, although at the time of our latest visit the draught lager appeared to be poured from a warm kitchen than a cold cellar. Ironic as its was -6 outside when we visited. Billed as a Balti house, those that have visited any in the Midlands will realise this might have been more of a marketing initiative than a form of asian cuisine. The king prawns live up to their name - so many restaurants say king when the mean pauper. The Dhansak is very good, as is most of the Murgh dishes.

Perhaps it's down to having to make the effort to visit. This is a destination venue. Straddled between Apsley and Hemel Town centre, at the very least it's a 15 minute walk from Hemel town centre, or more sensibly, it's a cab ride. The distance and cost generally 'vets' the patron. That is this is not the sort of place your lads from the pub wanting a late night ruby would visit.

Despite the size, you are advised to book. This places gets busy. One you taste the food, you will see why. If you can't get in here, then try the Moghul in Hemel Old Town. Much smaller nonetheless quality food and service and the beer is always cold.

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1  Thank Paul F
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

Good:
- Excellent Indian food.
- Consistent quality.
- Good service.
- Excellent tables, not too close together.

Bad:
- Poor parking - best to walk there.
- Can get expensive, stick to the classic dishes.

Overall:
The best Indian restaurant in Hemel Hempstead. Good, consistent, quality Indian food served without any flock wallpaper in sight.

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Thank AndyStone
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

frequently purchase` take aways, first visit to the restaurant, food as expected v.good, service very friendly informal and efficient would recommend to anyone

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Thank JohnA62
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

I have been here numerous... for family parties and dinners too... They are consistently good in serving excellent north indian dishes. My wife loves some prawn starters to be very particular... However recently overpriced and reduced quantity of food as well

some of the staff are quite friendly but not all

1  Thank Mr_JJE
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

Having recently visited this restaurant with a business colleague I was taken aback by how good the restaurant was. The service was fantastic; the staff knew every bit of the menu and were able to make some fantastic recommendations which suited our pallets 100%.The food was most tasteful and just melted in your mouth. Prices were very good for the food and service received.

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Thank Freddie6602
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