All reader reviews by tk max

The Lansdowne

we went here last night for a birthday meal. i still don't know what the reason was, but it took 45 minutes for our starters to arrive and 2 hours !! for the mains. the restaurant upstairs (where we were) was busy and apparently so was the pub below. it seemed everyone was waiting for a long time for their food though. when it came, it was certainly tasty. the yellow fin tuna starter with mini roast potatoes and a creamy dressing was cooked perfectly, the fish a little overpowered by the dressing. the soup was good, and chorizo (i am told) delicious. the mains of steak, sea bream and penne with artichoke were all well-cooked, but the meat and fish were no better than that, the penne being a little more adventurous and tangy. the waitresses were extremely apologetic, and were working as hard as they could to rectify the situation. i have to say that whilst the food was certainly good gastropub fair, i wouldn't even have considered returning were it not for the gracious offer to not charge us for the food, and due to that unexpected but sensitive consideration, i would return for a leisurely meal, for an occasion when i have hours to kill and i'm not too hungry!!

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


for a 'local high street' indian restuarant this is certainly one of the best around. options are numerous and more diverse and interesting than the usual suspects. we had a variety of starters - mostly from the 'crunchy starters' page, and these were mainly fried. as such, they were not the highlight of the evening for me, being slightly bland and oily. the rest of the food however was freshly made and delicious. there is so much to choose from - meat, fish, tandoor and plenty of vegetarian options too. the waiter who remembered the entire order for four people without needing to write anything down was also a marvel and exceedingly helpful too.

we had a mix of red meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes, all were spiced delicately and with skill, the most original being the coastal fish curry, which was perfectly cooked.

overall our evening was lovely, with attentive and unassuming staff, fresh, tasty and original food, and a low-key but tasteful atmostphere - we will certainly be going back.

Monday, February 19, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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