Sector: Christchurch Road
Surprising we hadn't reviewed the Devana sooner - it's just across the road from the sports centre. Ah yes, I remember why...
Decor: Cosy: maroon painted tapestryesque effort on the walls
around us, Shiva on the back wall and some pleasant trees by the
door. One of those ugly oil wick candle things on the table.
Music: James Last and The Carpenters play a painful medley of Charriots of Fire and El Condor Paso, although the version of Let It Be playing in the toilet was reported to be "uplifting and inspiring".
Time to get served: Around 30 minutes.
|STARTERS||OK (what we had was anyway)|
Popadums: Not had.
Onion bagees: Quite tasty but very moist, could have done with a more crispy finish.
|MAIN COURSES AND DESERTS||Mediocre|
Lamb Sag: "Saggy: 5.5/10" (Challinor).
Lamb Dopiaza: "Bog standard. Does what it says on the tin (that it came out of)." (Joshi).
Prawn Bhuna: "OK, more prawns than anything else though." (Hogan).
|Buffet option||Egg-fried rice||Sweet Lassi||Liqueur coffees||Hot towels||Sweets with bill|
|Key:||Yes||No||Too drunk to remember|
In general the curries here tend to be rather sweet and generous with the food colouring, but nonetheless tasty; certainly a few trekers rank the Devana highly. On this occasion the dishes were all pretty bland and uninteresting. Challinor's puns brought Joshi's appraisal of the evening down from a 2.5 to a 2. When Challinor started punning to Andrew Lloyd Webber on the pan pipes, Joshi requested lowering it to 1.5.
Our consensus award for the Devana is 2 Cobras: