On 25 Mar 2018 at 11:46am Toby LaRone wrote:
After a hard long day, I decided to take my family and starving kids to the spice merchant (West street). Surprisingly, there were an array of tables to choose from as we were dining early - around 7.30. The menus were falling apart in our hands, the waiting staff attentive, although slow.
This place unfortunately is where spices go to die. The traditional curries - bland, rice - bland. To my horror dipping in to my chicken tikka balti, a hard crunch left my teeth feeling shattered. I pointed to the waiter to ask why there were hard bone like substances in my food, to which they replied “mango pickle”. The chicken consistency was like a rubber ball - if I wanted plain elastic chicken I would of taken my kids to KFC for a sixth of the price. If you had blindfolded me and served this, I wouldn’t of been able to tell you what I was being served. The pleasure of this, and a trip to the dentist has cost a mere £120.
See you next week Shinaz.
On 25 Mar 2018 at 12:17pm Bushy wrote:
Would "Have" taken your kids to KFC not would "of"
On 25 Mar 2018 at 12:19pm Bobby Vee wrote:
Like a rubber ball..................
On 25 Mar 2018 at 12:29pm James Jones wrote:
Neeeeeeee nawwwww behave Bushey McBush.
On 25 Mar 2018 at 12:39pm Landporter wrote:
Never had a single bad meal in SM since it opened and I go to a lot of Indian restaurants.
On 25 Mar 2018 at 3:47pm Joe wrote:
@Landporter bet you enjoy a jar of Patak’s then?
On 25 Mar 2018 at 5:16pm @toby wrote:
So what was their response when put in this full complaint to the manager? Well done for getting the dentistry sorted between last night and your post at 11.46. Where did you go?
Or are you just working for shinaz?
On 25 Mar 2018 at 5:44pm It's a shame but... wrote:
ALL of the Indian restaurants are rubbish in Lewes - and seriously expensive too. It's all the old fashioned, cream-laden, sugary stuff that masks any flavour - give me Curry Leaf or Chilli Pickle any day. The former is fantastically priced and the latter does brilliant £10 lunchtime deals on certain days - I just wish we had a more modern (and by that, I mean fresh and actually bearing some resemblance to authentic Indian cuisine, which is not unhealthy) to compare to them in Lewes.
On 25 Mar 2018 at 5:54pm Eric wrote:
The Spice Merchant has had too many bad scores from the environmental health mob for me to ever consider going there again.
On 25 Mar 2018 at 5:58pm it's just another wrote:
illiteratus ..........there was an array..... like the spelling mistakes. Kind regards, scammer.
On 25 Mar 2018 at 6:59pm Earl of Lewess wrote:
@It's a Shame - Surely not Chawla's? Their food is more authentically Indian, isn't it?
On 25 Mar 2018 at 8:06pm Huh? wrote:
Learn to read
The OP didn’t mention he’d been to the dentist
He said it’s cost him £120 plus a trip to the dentist
What part didn’t you understand?
On 25 Mar 2018 at 8:36pm @toby wrote:
'has cost....' implying he has already been and paid the dentist. What part don't you understand? Learn your tenses.
On 25 Mar 2018 at 9:48pm Huh? wrote:
The last sentence implies two separate things. The restaurant bill and the trip to the dentist
Even a simpleton like you must be able to work this out
Perhaps the OP could clarify then I’ll accept your apology
On 25 Mar 2018 at 10:28pm @toby wrote:
Then he would have said 'will cost'. You are the losing this badly.
On 25 Mar 2018 at 10:43pm @@toby wrote:
He never said which day he went to the spice merchant, you're assuming it was yesterday. Jeez @toby you have anger issues, probably because you live in Lewes and pay far to much for a small house with no parking.
On 26 Mar 2018 at 8:44am @Huh? wrote:
Your sentences imply two separate things. You are a shaft and a bellend. Go for the hat trick, you do talk balls. Maybe it's more than your house that is small ? Kind regards.
On 26 Mar 2018 at 11:35am @Huh? wrote:
Jesus, someone posts about a bad experience in a restaurant and it just prompts a tirade of bickering. It's a lovely sunny day, why don't you just go for a walk and be positive?
On 26 Mar 2018 at 1:05pm @joe wrote:
Don't we all? Assuming you refer to the pickles not the cook-in sauces.
On 26 Mar 2018 at 1:30pm @ It's a shame but... wrote:
That's only true if those are the dishes you choose to order from the menu. If so, what do you expect? There are plenty of other dishes to choose from. Being of Sylheti descent the dishes are mostly Bangladeshi or Pakistani in style, which can mean nore liberal use of oil than one might like, and the puris are fried at too low a temperature, but I've never had a bad meal from SM in several dozen visits. I found the food in Shanaz a bit samey, and vastly oversalted. Chaula's food is Gujarati, and I don't think I've ever encountered sugar or cream in any of her cooking. Having seen frequent deliveries of fresh vegetables to SM I find the implications of your comment
Ethnic restaurants have the same business rates and rental overheads as any other restaurant, and it seems reasonable to expect to pay similar amounts for a meal as one would in a restaurant serving (say) French or Italian cuisine. Anything cheaper relies on either very poor quality and cheap ingredients or on expoitation of staff.
I agree it would be good to have more variety of subcontinental food in Lewes. I was disappointed by the one take away I've had from Chiili Pickle - a triumph of business efficiency and packaging over culinary substance. Curry Leaf looks good, but it would involve trekkiing into Brighton (something I never do if I can avoid it) and either paying rail tickets for a family or driving and paying Brighton's extortionate parking charges, negating any savings from the menu prices. If I'm heading in that direction, I'd go for the Moonstone in Hove, which does superb Sri Lankan food and has free evening street parking very close.
On 26 Mar 2018 at 8:24pm @@its a shame but wrote:
I can only speak as I find. The last time I had a takeaway from Chaula’s I vowed it would be the last time - the chicken dish was disgusting and the quality of the meat so poor it actually made me feel sick. The prices are very high too - certainly curry leaf is cheaper (and much better), and their rents and rates must be as high. I did not say that the dishes served contained absolutely no fresh ingredients, though you decided that that’s what I meant. What I was saying was that they are very old fashioned. I’ve spent a decent amount of time in India, and none if the food at our Lewes offerings compares to what I ate there.
On 27 Mar 2018 at 11:02am Pickled wrote:
Ganges cafe in Ringmer, there, done.
On 27 Mar 2018 at 11:25am eggs wrote:
@ the Ganges ?
On 27 Mar 2018 at 11:26am @pickled wrote:
Are they still going? Always thought their food was superb.
Newick Tandoori is another good shout as is The Balti House in Hayward’s Heath.
On 27 Mar 2018 at 1:25pm Gunga Din wrote:
Why not post a list of all the Indian restaurants in E+ W Sussex ?
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