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|Address:||41 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF|
|Tel:||020 3542 2786|
|Price: £48.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun 12.30-3.30pm) Mon-Sun 6-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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I have been wanting to try this restaurant for ages and finally got there but it was such a tragic disappointment. The main menu looked inviting but the waiter recommended we try the tasting menu, I wasnt sure but he convinced me that the chef had chosen the best dishes for it so we thought “what the hell”, saves having to make decisions, we get to try more things and I thought it didnt seem like bad value at £48 for 4 course. The fact that the main course was lamb biryani shouldve been my first warning that this was not going to be some wonderful gastronomic experience…the first course had very dried out lentil cakes and tilapia with a herb crust that just didnt work with it. The second course of prawns and chicken, the chicken was the best part of the meal, so tender with a coriander sauce but the prawn…odd tasting is the only way to describe it. The lamb biryani, well, was just bland; the side dishes also just added nothing to the dish. The chicken curry I got in place of the lamb was definitely nothing to get excited about; probably one of the least exciting curries I have ever had. On reflection, maybe trying the dishes on the normal menu would have been better, the scallops with mango starter sounded appealing but its hard to know but my advice if you are going is really dont bother with the tasting menu.
The other thing that made me laugh was that the waiter asked if we would like any wine recommendations and thinking that he would pick out a couple of specific wines, he just said “Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc”. Given that there were about 20 different chardonnays across the different categorisations, that was not very helpful guidance.
For the amount of money we spent, Rasoi Vineet and Veeraswamy would have been far preferable options. Its frustrating when the food is not bad enough to complain about it but bad enough to feel annoyed at having to hand your credit card over.
My favourite thing about the place was the room which feels warm and inviting but I will pass on going back.