Tandoori Nights: New venture curries favour with old clientele

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Readers of this Dining Out feature with a keen eye may by now have spotted that I have something of a penchant for Indian food.

Indeed, this is the third occasion in a short period of time that I have opted to sample such cuisine in the name of journalism.

While I certainly do not claim to be an expert when it comes to cooking, I do feel that I have an idea of what constitutes a good curry.

Thus, when the restaurant formerly known as Indian Rose was re-branded Tandoori Nights by its new owners, my mind was made up on where my next Dining Out review would take place.

Indian Rose was, for a long time, my favourite eatery in town. It was also so highly thought of by a friend of mine and his parents that they used to dine there up to three nights a week, every week, for a number of years.

Thus, in my eyes, this new venture had plenty to live up to.

Upon our arrival, two things struck both me and my two dining companions. Firstly that the restaurant was completely empty (it remained so throughout the duration of our two-hour stay – never a good sign )and secondly that although the name has changed, the interior seemed very familiar.

The faux leather, neon lights and slightly uncomfortable chairs remain, sadly, but on the plus side, the dining area looked clean.

Our host was both polite and attentive without being overbearing and we were not left to wait any great length of time between courses. In a nutshell, the service was good and the ambience pleasant.

As is customary, we sampled poppadoms while choosing from the huge range of options on the menu, eventually plumping for a mixed kebab (£3.95), a mixed platter (£3.95) and chicken tikka (£3.10) to start.

The general consensus among our party was that while our starters were tasty enough, the meat on all of our plates was slightly overcooked. It was a mixed start for our mixture of ‘mixed’ starters.

The main courses were certainly an improvement on what had gone before.

My own lamb dazzling delight (£8.95)was one of the more unusual choices on the menu and was thoroughly enjoyable; rich and flavoursome with a touch of heat, as requested.

My dining partners opted for the tandoori mixed grill (£10.95) and a chicken deshi khana(£9.95), both of which were well received, even if the latter was littered with inedible chunks of mango stone, apparently for the purpose of adding flavour to the dish.

Next to arrive at our table was the bill, which, given that we didn’t spend a fortune on drinks, seemed on the steep side at just shy of £82.

The bottom line is that while I enjoyed this meal, at nearly £28 per head I wanted a bit more for my money.

If I’m paying that amount for a two-course meal in Scarborough then I want to be thoroughly satisfied. While my dining experience was in no way disappointing, I wasn’t exactly blown away by it either.

That said, I could have eaten my delicious main course twice – and not because the portion size was unsubstantial – so the likelihood is that I will be returning to Tandoori Nights some time in the near future.

RATINGS

Food 8

Menu Choice 7

Service 8

Decor 7

Ambience 7

OVERALL 7