Chris Croft's Personal Blog

April 16, 2010

Curry Restaurants

Filed under: Random stuff - uncategorisable — chriscroft @ 9:22 am



I’ve been thinking about the fact that I’ve eaten a lot of curry over the years, and people always have strong feelings about which one is the best in the area. So, for a bit of a debate (and also justice – may the good ones live long and prosper!) here’s what I think (scarily this is all from my head, no notes taken anywhere)

Apologies that most are in Poole where I live – feel free to add yours to this list
They are in approximate order from best to worst. Sorry, Wimborne Tandoori!

GREAT

Wimbledon – The Curry Royal. The best curry I’ve ever had. Amazing Brinjal Bhajee. Good service too.
http://www.curryroyal.co.uk/

Poole centre: Tandoori nights: top food, good service http://www.pooleview.co.uk/Eatout/tandoorinights.htm

Chutneys, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8EJ great food and service and stylish modern ambience

Westbourne : Taj Mahal: excellent food, mediocre service (fast, but they don’t smile).

Harrow – The Curry Mahal. Recently sold, so I really hope the new owners keep the chef and the service, both of which are excellent.

The Bengal Brasserie, London SE13. Not in a very promising street, this place had OK service and brilliant food.

Cambridge: the Maharajah on Castle Street – great decor, good service, good curry. Many people recommend the Cafe Naz and the Saffron, but I haven’t tried these yet. So many curries, so little time!

Ringwood: The Indigo: a bit hot for my taste, but stylish ambience, unusual menu, great if you order something mild.

GOOD

Himachol, Ashley Road Poole- food and service OK

Westbourne Tandoori – food and service OK

Bath – The Eastern Eye . It’s in an amazing building, but in fact it’s too big for a good dining experience, the service is OK, and the food only OK. When I’m in Bath I prefer to visit YumYum Thai.

OK

Wimborne: red fort: OK food, strange service, nice decor
Penn Hill Rajasthan: Used to be a favourite but became very expensive with over sweet food. Went again recently and it not bad, the Zafrani is still great, but the rest was nothing special.

POOR
Westbourne: Indis: poor food but GREAT customer service
The Tatnam Tandoori. The name says it all really.
Parkstone: Gate of India. Service OK but food boring. Seemed like curry cooked by an English person (sorry!). Recommended on the net, but it was by someone who ordered a Passanda, so I rest my case.

Sammy’s – food not as good as it was, service and clientele odd

Blandford Forum – Simla Tandoori – Poor food, service OK

Taj Mahal 2 – Poole High Street, owned by the same family as the excellent Westbourne Taj Mahal, but different menu and different chef. Sorry guys, but not at all the same!

AVOID

Wimborne Tandoori – poor service and poor food. Multiple Toilet Visits (MTV) for 24 hours after.

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