Monday, 2 May 2011

Zouk 25/07/2009

Attendees: Sam, Martin, Gill, Rob, Claire, Fran, Lynda, John

Very good I'd say – another contender for ‘best so far’???
A surprisingly large restaurant actually. I have driven past it on many occasions and thought it was tiny.
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On arrival the front section of the restaurant was pretty busy (even at 21:00 – and we were asked to wait, and get a drink whilst we waited for our table to be prepared – quite surprising considering I used their new fangled on line booking service – actually, nobody seem to know ho we were or that we’d booked? Oh well.

We were initially all crammed on to a too smaller table, but were eventually allowed to spread out once the adjacent table became available. Zouk was quite a warm restaurant, with the sun beating thro the large glass frontage, and the open flame grills and tandoor going full pelt in the corner.

One grumble at this point of the evening was that the waiter failed to ask the table if any drinks would be liked.

Poppadoms were quickly dispensed with and it was nice to have different, and very nice, pickles for a change.

For starters I had Gola Kebab (Sheekh with paneer). It was about the best kebab I’ve ever had. It was cooked almost right in front of us on an open flame grill. Lovely.

My main comprised the Zouk Karahi and I was quite pleased with it. I think Zouk specialise in the Grill and Tandoor and the actual curry options were a little limited compared to other curry houses we’ve visited. Basically there was either Karahi or Handi – with choices of meat/veg/fish.

General ambiance was good the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Would defo go again and it will always be high on my list of places to visit – and this is high praise again for a curry house adjacent to the mighty Akbars. I will go for a char grilled fish option next I think, and exploit the excellent open flames.


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