Lal Bagh Restaurant
from 5 reviews
|ADDRESS:||467-469 Upper Richmond Road West|
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|TELEPHONE:|| 020 8878 0010|
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The food is good - BUT only go if you've got ALL EVENING to wait. I've been several times and the spped of service is TERRIBLE. On the last occasion it took TWO HOURS (I kid you not) between starter and main course! They're attentive enough offering drinks, but every time you ask where the food's got to they say 'It's just coming!' On balance I would not go there again as it ruins the experience.
I have been visiting this restaurant regularly for some time now. In the fifty-odd years I have been frequenting Indian restaurants I have never eaten at one which surpassed the cuisine here. In my view the food is exceptionally delicious! To derive full benefit from the extensive menu, however, you do need some knowledge of Indian cookery terms, as some of the rarer dishes are not described in English.
The only fault I find is with the staff. The manager does not, unfortunately, exert discipline to enforce a house 'style'. I am not referring to the speed of service, which in general is quite acceptable. But what sometimes spoils a visit is over-attention in the shape of waiters proffering poppadoms/drinks when I've hardly got my coat off and sat down, so to speak. I find this excessively iritating. I have brought it to the attention of the manager, and he has stated that 'things will be pulled together', but they haven't been.
My advice is to go in a party of four or more, where your own ambience can ride this 'clutter' out. Also, if it annoys y o u then be sure to complain as I have done. In the end, perhaps they will learn! Whether or not they do, the food is absolutely wonderful!
The food and service at Lal Bagh is very good and we like to talk to the waiters/waitresses. There is a good choice of food and drink and you can choose spicy,mild or neither!
I highly reccommend Lal Bagh in Sheen. I've been to indian restaurants in Toronto, New York, Boston, and London. This is among my favorites. The staff treat you like you are royalty. The service is non-stop and impeccable. The food is excellent and I like their unusual choices of flowers for the tables. They lost one point on the rating because the place often seems empty. So sad for such a great service. I like knowing that I can always get at a table, but I don't want to lose my favorite neighborhood restaurant. Maybe I'll see you there?
The food is great BUT...the service leaves a lot to be desired. This is a classic case of decent local gone bad. Forgetabout delivery - 2hours wait! Forgetabout service - eat in AND deliery - they think they are doing you a favour, just because they make a good curry. I'm a local. I used to love it. But now I just think they have got too big for their breeches. Leave the attitude to W1.
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