A review of Ashoka At The Mill by Through the mill written on Thursday 17th of February 2011
My wife and I live 5 minutes walk from this place. Had a couple of issues with them a while back but decided to give it another try. Wish we hadn't bothered !
The offer of an unlimited "grand buffet" for £9.95 seemed decent.
Was a midweek night and the place was quiet but our waiter managed to show us to the darkest, gloomiest table in the place. Unlit candle on the table which my wife swapped with the one on the next table which WAS lit.
We ordered drinks, pint of lager for me, which was fine, bottle of Budweiser for the wife which arrived warm and was accompanied by a dirty glass ( a table nearby sent back 2 starter plates because one was dirty and one was chipped ).
We began with popadoms and spiced onions which were fine, no complaints. In fact the onions were really good, although it cannot be difficult to produce decent spiced onions.
Starters next and our choice of pakora and chicken chaat would have been passable if it had been warmer ( the chicken chaat would have been very good had it not been almost cold ).
Main courses followed and our choices were, to say the least, limited.
Our preferred option of spicy chicken dish(es) turned out to be chicken curry or......err, chicken curry !.
Again the temperature was lacking, in fact they were not far short of cold.
While we ( kinda ) tucked in to our main courses I ordered another 2 drinks, my wife asked for a COLD Budweiser but when the waitress brought it she apologized and said the next one would be cold for sure ( there was, of course, not to be a next one ).
Sadly disappointed with the main courses, and far from full, I decided to try some more chicken chaat in the hope that some hot, freshly prepared stuff would be available. Sadly it was just the remnants of what we had tried earlier and was even colder than it was the first time.
We passed on the none-too-inviting sweets ( jelly and fruit or chocolate cake ). Neither did we bother with coffee and ordered the bill as.
As I was paying the bill the front-of-house guy asked me if I had "enjoyed my meal"....
"Not really" I replied. "Ah thank you sir" says he !!
Obviously not listening he addressed my wife with the same question.....she told it as it was and said she was not enamored at all. Oh well I can assure you it will be better next time he told her !!
Suffice to say there will not be a next time for us.
We are both fans of Ashoka restaurants and this place would be ideal if it were at least half decent due to our location.
The catchment area for this place has a lot of potential and I am not sure if it is generally busy or not but we will continue to travel further afield in search of a decent Indian meal.
Poor show and I would advise anyone who is thinking of giving this place a try to think again..
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