All reader reviews by MisterT


I must say that I was concerned after reading through the reviews here .... and I am not easily pleased! Arrived at around 7pm on a Thursday evening Ė parking, well we were just plain lucky and only needed to go round the block twice. After being shown to the table, we noticed the top cloth was dirty and we asked for it to be changed. When they cleared the table and lifted the cloth there was enough food under it to feed a family. We changed tables after deciding that we would stay.

Following this fairly tacky start, the next stumbling block was the number of popadums. We ordered six but only 4 were bought. Following a question, I felt that there was a bit of a language problem. Ah well..... Letís make the most of it. Oh yes, and then shortly after we started eating about 20 people came out of the kitchen and walked through the restaurant - no doubt off to an event, but I think that next time they should use the back door as this was not a bus stop and this really detracted from the atmosphere.

The person that took the order was very helpful and made several suggestions. They appeared to be pushing for extras, but then suggested things we might not want that we had ordered already. In other words, this person was more of a food-advisor - the only other time I had encountered someone adept was in a very expensive restaurant in Los Angeles. The advice was excellent.

Their suggestions turned out to be superb, as did the meal. We didnít have starters instead opting for the main course only. The meal was one of the best that we have had for a long long time. We had an excellent mix of chicken, lamb, paneer and other vegetable dishes.

The cost of the meal was £100 for four - and believe me when I said we ordered a huge amount of food! I would expect a more normal meal would be about £20 each and I didnít think this expensive at all.

Overall, I believe that the dirty table was an oversight and that still concerns me. I am glad that we stayed as the meal was excellent and ensured that we would be returning in the future. With reference to the other reviews, the restaurant has done a lot of work resolving its issues, or we were just lucky. Whatever the case, I would recommend this and will definitely be visiting again.

Monday, July 10, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 9

La Porte des Indes

Disabled access is via emergency exit. Don't drink too much or expect to use the facilities, which are down multiple flights of stairs.

If you have an aversion to garlic, then this restaurant is not for you. The only option is a freshly made mediocre chicken curry.

My overall perception is the food, while varied and interesting, was only slightly above average and others in the group commented that it was not up to Marks and Spencer quality.

Lack of consideration for disability is unexpected and very disappointing. Would definitely **NOT** visit again.

Thursday, March 30, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 3 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 1

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