Monday, 28 July 2008
A 18 Fleet Street, Birmingham,B3 1JL
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Wednesday, 23 July 2008
A Blackfriars Street, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 5BQ
We all pulled up on the double yellow lines outside the restaurant and handed our keys over to take advantage of the valet parking – great start.
We all had a drink upstairs but were then informed that this could not be put on the bill and had to be paid for before we went downstairs. Not wanting to dish out £24.00 for everyone’s drinks and not wanting to ask everyone for £3 we asked why it could not go on the bill and they eventually agreed after much persuasion.
We were then taken to our seats by the attractive hostess and sat down on a long stylish table with very comfy seats. The restaurant was very busy for a Wednesday evening with around 50+ people dining at the same time as us.
The menu was varied with standard curries, madras, korma and dupiaza at a very reasonable price of £5.95-£6.95 along with a large selection of dishes that you would not find in most restaurants.
The drivers were drinking small bottles of ice cold cobra and the non drivers went for the draft Tufan which was fantastic.
The poppadoms were ordered and they came quickly with 7 different dips, onion, mint raita, lime & pickle, mango chutney, chilli sauce, coleslaw, which were all delicious. The pops were fresh and crispy.
A selection of starters were ordered and these were rated average to good apart from one member who ordered keema paratha which he was very disappointed with giving it a mere 1/10 with comments such as “it tastes like cardboard” and “I can’t eat this it is foul”.
We got the bill and it was a very reasonable £24.00 each for 2 pops/dips each, starter, main course, rice and naan and 2 drinks each – this did not include a tip.
The drivers then handed their raffle ticket back in for the return of their cars. It appeared that one members car had still not been moved from the double yellow lines into the Valet Parking area as it was outside on the road before we even handed the tickets over.
We were heading home and it must have been at least 20 minutes since we left the restaurant when we got a telephone call from one of the other members to say they had only just got their car back and that one other member was still waiting for his – this member has not been seen or heard of since.
The decor of the restaurant is very modern, almost like a city centre bar than an Indian restaurant, the service was good with regular visits to the table to ask for more drinks and when asked for more onion and mango chutney for the poppadoms, 4 large new portions arrived and we were not charged extra.
At £10 for a main course it was feared that the cost would break the £30 barrier for the first time but at £24 each we were pleasantly surprised. For a Wednesday night the atmosphere was excellent with a good mix of people. The toilet facilities were very clean and modern and the valet parking is a great idea but only works if you don’t have to wait for 30 minutes for the return of your car which put a dampener on the evening.
The food was okay with the pops and dips (photo above) being the best part of the meal. This restaurant has won numerous awards over the years – yes the place is very stylish with good service but the food is a bit of a let down. They must do much better if it wants to win the award that matters most – The Curry Council Curry House of the Year 2008.
Value for money 7/10
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
A British Airways jet had to be grounded for an emergency evacuation after panicky passengers thought they smelled poison gas - which turned out to be a broken container of stinky curry.
The flight from Belgrade to London had to land as travellers thought they were under attack from terrorists.
But an official investigation revealed the fumes had escaped from a giant container of curry spices in the cargo hold.
"The smell spread from the package of an aromatic food spice," confirmed the Serbian Ministry for the Protection of Human Environment.
"The chemical that was found in the cargo hold of the airplane did not leak out. It was sodium-selenite. But the smell did not spread from there."
Dozens of passengers had to flee the plane after it was returned to Belgrade and contained on a special emergency runway at the airport.
Emergency workers wearing breathing apparatus helped screaming passengers off the plane before the source of the fumes was discovered.
Source : TheDailyTelegraph