|Marg and I helped our son, Lee, in moving into
his new student accomodation, which fortuitously happens to be in the heart of Rusholme.
Our daughter, Kathryn, joined us as well. After offloading the car, his two (female!),
flatmates arrived, and we left the girls to start cleaning up and settling in while we
went for lunch.
We hadn't tried the Shaandaar before, and it was almost the first one we
came across, so we decided to give it a go. There is nothing special about the Shaandaar
in terms of decor or menu - though there is a food preparation area in the dining area
where kebabs and marinades are, er, prepared. The "staples" - rice, curries, are
brought out from kitchens at the back.
Poppadums and half a dozen relishes arrived without prompting, and were pleasant. Marg
wasn't hungry - she came just to keep Lee and myself company - so she opted for Sheek
Kebabs as a main meal - i.e. to be delivered with our main meals.
Lee and I had Lamb Dopiaza - Lee the Tikka Masala variety. Marg tried Lee's and
pronounced that next time we came, that's what she'd have.
Both Lee and I were well satisfied - tender meat, well seasoned and spiced. Lee
reckoned that the Naan was a little floury in texture, but I found it acceptable.
Kathryn isn't one for Indian food, although she will occasionally try some of our
dishes, so she went for steak and chips. This was a Big Mistake. The steak was of the
shoe-leather variety and they had not even supplied a serrated knife - the poor girl's
fingers were bruised by trying to cut the stuff before she asked me for my (serrated edge)
knife. Unfortunately, Kathryn pleaded with me not to complain ( It's funny that she seems
to have no problem with complaining at other times!!!), so I let it pass.
Some may say that one shouldn't expect a good English meal at an Indian. I disagree.
Not everyone enjoys Indian (or any other "ethnic", including, say, Italian,
food), and the chef should be competent enough to satisfy the members of parties which are
along for the company.
Verdict: Average. The Steak let them down, but even without that, in this
day and age, a restaurant should display a modicum of excellence in one or more aspects of
their service. The fact that there was nothing much to complain about isn't enough, and I
would need a specific reason to return.