|Is there any difference in the menu and the food served across the vast
majority of Indian restaurants in this country? I don't think so. This is an issue that I
am quite passionate about. I have to admit to enjoying Indian Food and I also enjoy
cooking Indian Food myself, but what I am becoming increasingly intolerent about is the
uniformity of the restaurant product.
Some restaurants describe themselves as tandoori,
balti, or whatever, but apart from calling the food different names on the menu, what is
the difference in taste? None really, the only difference is in price, call it balti,
serve it in a pan and add £2 to the price. It is all done to a formula, we might as well
go to Ronald McSingh's for all the culinary craft that has been applied.
I can't deny that the food is not enjoyable as long as it is prepared properly.
But it is simply not original or inventive.
Virtually every dish on the menu is a deriviative of a base curry sauce. Some dishes
then contain more onion, some more tomato, some more capsicum and some more chilli. Call
them dopiaza, rhogan josh, korai or jalfrezi and you have a menu as original as a pizza
parlour where you choose your own toppings.
Even the décor and ambience is generic. There is no 'atmosphere' until the drunks pour
in at pub closing time. Service is on a conveyor belt, the waiters have obviously
graduated from the 'Barcelona School of Waiting', and the evening is over in about 1 hour.
I would love to find some good Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese, Bangladeshi restaurant that
is making an attempt to create rather that manufacture. If anybody knows of any then
please speak up, they deserve the publicity. In the meantime, I still eat out or have a
takeaway but what I'm not doing is dining out I am just eating out. I am simply
substituting a meal at home or supplementing a few pints in the pub.
In conclusion, when I go to an Indian Restaurant, I'm not having a gastronomic
experience centred on a restaurant that provides something uniquely enjoyable. I'm just
being served pap.
So what do you say? E-mail us your opinion
on Indian Restaurants.
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