Previous away missions to the Sardar had scored two cobras then three
cobras. Lured by the promise of an exotic new menu, we were rushed
in, tricorders throbbing, to see if this upward trend would continue.
Decor: Completely renovated; large mirrors make the place look
bigger, with Egyptian pseudo arch motifs from the ceiling and
exquisite Persian lamps. Stained glass windows retained but can still
see the number 17 starship going past. Lighting just right.
Music: None at first, but very noisy as restaurant quite
full. Later heard walkman drums and not much else.
Time to get served: 50 minutes.
Menu: Very impressive and colourful, a bit like a travel brochure.
- Moved some people to accommodate us.
- Service brusk but with a smile. Just don't order rice wehen he's
asking for the main courses.
Popadums: Fragile but nice.
Chutneys: Only three dips: tired onions, reasonable yogurt and
rather nice red stuff
Vegetable Samosa: Dissapointingly bland; plenty of potato but no peas (O'Connor).
MAIN COURSES AND DESERTS ||Very good overall|
Chicken Jalfrezi: "Nice and hot, definitely up to scratch, 4.5/5" (O'Connor).
Chicken Bhuna: "Suitably spicy and meaty, just right, 4/5" (Davies).
Lamb Jagoo: "Curry good (4/5); naan average, no garlic despite
title (2/5)" (Donners).
Chicken Rogan Josh: "Delicious, fresh and succulent (5/5); naan
too dry and a bit old (2/5)" (Hind).
Praun Madras: "Not too bad, 4/5" (Sapiano).
Chicken Tikka Madras: "Delicious, excellent, 4/5" (Stephenson).
Mushroom Biriani: "Tasty and fulfilling, 4.5/5"
Chicken Dansak: "Good, slightly overbearing; more spicy than
expected but chicken was good, 3.5/5" (Dr Mosedale).
Vegetable Masala: "Too mild and bland, but a good mix of
vegetables, 3.5/5" (Dr Crocker)
Mutter Paneer Sizzling: "Oily, bland, tasteless, spiceless, 2/5" (Hogan).
||Sweets with bill
|| Too drunk to remember
Considerably improved with the new menu and exotic surroundings;
the Sardar should now be first choice for trekers in the Palmer
Quadrant, comfortably surpassing the Gulab
and the Blue Ginger (based on recent
unofficial visits). For the first time we award the Sardar