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Taj Indian Restaurant
Ranked #15 of 33 Restaurants in Huskisson
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 17, 2013

as a lover of thai food we thought we'd give this joint a shot (we have a holiday place in husky). should have known better as people were complaining as we were seated. 5 mins in another couple complains to staff on quality, another 10 adjoing table walks having only eaten two spoonfulls. our order takes over 1hr in a half full resturant, no offer of drinks etc. food arrives- pad thai bland, colourless and tasteless, curry water'y and horrible. we polietly question wait staff imediatly to no response. we finish our second spoonfull, complain again at counter (again no response) pay the bill and leave - warning potential customers on the way out. in all honesty should have walked without paying. avoid at all costs , will be very suprised if its still open next time we are down. appauling food and service taking advantage of tourist turnover.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Even though the staff was friendly and the service was rather efficient the food was tasteless: dry chicken and beef covered with the sauces which bore little resemblance to the real indian cuisine. Not a single indian face among the staff.

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Thank Edka
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We just had dinner there tonight. Even without comparing with the excellent indian cuisine you find in the UK, The Curry sauce jars from Coles or Woolworth taste more authentic than the food served at the Taj.

Our suspicion was raised as soon as we ordered. We asked for peshwari naans, only to be told they had run out and would not have any until next week! It just reflects the overall quality of the place. Our main dishes were served 5 minutes after we ordered. To some, this will be a positive, but when you claim to produce authentic cuisine, it should take a little more than 5 minutes to put this together. The taste just confirmed our suspicions. My chicken palak ( marinated with Indian spices and cooked in a curry made with pureed fresh English spinach, nuts, coriander..... Really??) looked and tasted like pieces of chicken thrown into defrosted chopped spinach with some tomato cubes. So tasteless it is laughable. The chicken tikka masala was no better...

$60 for 4 popadums, mixed pickles ( even the raita was out of a jar), our 2 mains, plain naans, and 2 beers... Reasonably priced if you are just looking for quantity... Extortion for something you could make at home and better!

The only positive is the service. Very friendly and welcoming, without being too much.

Shame the same customer-friendly attitude isn't applied to making the food taste as it should.

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Thank Froginoz2013
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Stayed at Jervis Bay Caravan Park 8th and 9th December 2012...Had seen this restaurant on the way back from exploring the area so later that evening ordered a takeaway.
Chicken Tikka Masala, Shajani Beef ( with Almond), Prawn Malabar ( With coconut ), Aloo Matar Tamatar (Potatoes and Peas)..Garlic and a Peshwari Naan..Saffron Rice..Total amount $84...
.I should have been warned when a fairly busy town that had most places filled but this place only had one couple sitting in.

On returning to eat this wonderful sounding feast I was shocked to see the same bright (tasteless) orange sauce in all the containers.
A splash of coconut milk and a few almonds thrown into the mix DOES not constitute a spice mix.
Also the delicate blend of fresh herbs as described is not a sprinkling of spring onion stalks..I would have thought fresh mint and coriander the norm which was so noticeable by it’s absence.
The naan and rice ( not saffron but cheaper turmeric ) which was probably bought in so was an acceptable standard.
The small amount of beef contained large amounts of gristle, which is shocking considering the quality of beef in Australia is outstanding.. How could 5 prawns be so tasteless, Tikka Masala:.small cubes of chicken that were so dry and just thrown into the sauce.
All this so far removed from the promise of the menu...

Anybody thinking about having a takeout from this place, I will not call it a restaurant, is advised to visit the Coles in the area and buy their ready meals which are far superior to the items we were served.

I am aware that there are conflicting reports on here so are there different cooks I wonder, in particular the comments about the best curry that had been eaten. better than Bradford or London !!.....( I doubt that very much ).
I wonder if one of them needs to retrained or be replaced.
Perhaps sounds harsh but very expensive for poor food.

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Thank Alexcobes
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

As a couple we shared two curries, a naan bread and rice. All were delicious and filling. Having sampled some excellent Indian/Bangladeshi dishes from highly regarded restaurants in Bradford, UK and Brick Lane, East London I can say the chef is excellent here

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