Our last visit here was less than
spectacular, marred particularly by the abysmal service. Has it
improved since then?
Decor: Navy walls and ceiling, turquoise pillars, unusual
copper plant-like light fittings.
Music: Very varied: a squeely woman here, solo pan pipes there,
then a fusion of a twanging ukulele and bolywood chanting over a
thumping bass. Get down!
Better than last time|
Time to get served: 20 minutes.
Favourite menu description: On the palace spring chicken: "A
taste surpassing all expectations"; on the the chicken and lamb
dishes: "Cooked on charcoal and curried - the taste is
- Service fairly terse, but not outright rude this time.
- When we arrived it took ages to get the attention of any of the
many idle waiters so that we could be seated.
Popadums: Wafer thin with seeds inside.
Chutneys: Only three dips: yoghurt, onion and some strange red
stuff - overall rather uninspiring and slightly rancid.
Lime pickle: None!
Onion bagees: Not had.
MAIN COURSES AND DESERTS ||Very good|
Chicken Shashlick: "Perfect - better than the Gulab: more and better" (Pizzamei).
Fish Bhuna (£6.10): "Tasty and quite mild - very nice to have a
proper fish dish (i.e. not prawns) in Reading" (Hogan).
Fish Massala: "The best fish I've ever tasted!" (Migliorini).
Jaboo? Jahoo? Jakoo? I can't read my own writing, but it was a
speciality: Vegetarian - "Alright but no distinctive flavours"
???: "Alright but I can't remember what it was" (Pavelin).
- Sesame Naan: Light and nice, but not enough sesame seeds for the
||Sweets with bill
|| Too drunk to remember
- Sweet Lassi: sugary milkshake, alright but perhaps a bit chalky.
- Aniseed sweets with the bill.
Well, certainly better than last time - some great main dishes
(Marco reckons it's the best curry he's had in Reading), but don't
expect service with a smile. We award the Sardar Palace 3