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|Address:||13-15 The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, London SE1 2JE|
|Price: £32.00||Wine: £14.50||Champagne: £36.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6-11.30pm (Sun -12M)|
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Sometimes, I find myself coming out of a restaurant thinking, now I know why I haven't been here before, wishing I'd just stuck with my instinct. Unfortunately it's worse when the restaurant in question is local.
Lovage is let down by shoddy service, waiters lacking knowledge of dishes on the menu, and that annoying profit-led attitude associated with most Indian locals. Having successfully avoided the old poppadom con and having to wait 15 minutes before successfully flagging a waiter down to order, we arrived at our starters – a further 30 mins later. No matter as the starter (aloo chat) was nicely presented and well balanced. It's a shame I hadn't kept some of the yoghurt from that dish aside to aid me with the main – a rarity for a local tandoori menu – scallops served in a Goan sauce. I was surprised by the first mouthful which blew me away. The dish was unnecessarily and overly spiced (as confirmed by my mother, who can wolf down a fal, without a hiccup but seemed to struggle after a few bits of my dish).
The annoyance was the fact that I'd enquired on the spiciness of this dish when ordering and was ensured it was a mild curry. Even with a bowl of raita, I struggled and decided to give up halfway. Unfortunately the real kick to the stomach wasn't the dish itself, it was being charged for the bowl of raita, an order I would not have made if the waiter in question had known his dishes.That and the fact that we had to send a dessert back that was rock-solid and hadn't been defrosted at all (and the second one not being that much warmer) really showed the lack of respect for customers.
Never again…If I'm after an Indian dish and don't fancy cooking one, I'll call Simply Indian.