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Jewel of India Ayr Road Cumnock KA18 1EQ

Now this one almost slipped through the net in terms of a review!!…………I visited about 3 months ago and what can I say but this restaurant has a captive audience being a fair drive from its nearest competitors and its bourne out in the mediocre fayre it serves up.

Its a long time since I was made to feel uncomfortable by the quality of service provided but this takes the biscuit. Surly, totally uninterested, didnt know anything about the menu and was obviously missing the bingo to be our server the wee soul………….it gets worse!

The food passed as being Indian probably because of the colour more than anything. If you live in Cumnock trust me, this isn’t Indian food as it should be served. The restaurant itself is a strange mix of dated tired fixtures & fittings and needs a new owner and a total refit…….call Gordon Ramsay?

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Chutney Blu Westwood Square East Kilbride

The name Chutney Blu immediately conjured up in my minds eye an ultra-modern style temple and boy was I suckered when I arrived. Its probably the most bizarre eating experience I’ve had for close on ten years and 15 minutes into the experience I didnt know whether to laugh or cry.

The place was empty apart from one couple having a domestic in one of the booths and a birthday party of about twelve people plus a splattering of kids.

In hindsight we should have made our excuses and left but it was getting late we were tired and wanted to eat. Settled for the buffet which we thought was the safer choice however I couldnt have been further wrong.
Firstly we were told by an old Indian guy that shuffled up to the table that the starters were ready and of course they weren’t and he had done exactly the same thing when it came to the main courses. He either has a warped sense of humour or likes to see if punters will accept any old dregs left in the bain marie. I dont think I have to tell you which it is………….as for the interior it looks like the local primary school were responsible for the design, I could go on about how dirty the place was but I won’t.. just give it an extremely wide berth and stick to Asha’s or Spice if you want a quality dining experience in EK.
Oh almost forgot to mention, just after we got our main course an impromptu karaoke kicked in (no mention of this at the front door or when we sat down!) and things just went from bad to worse. It certainly wasn’t a “Westwood to Bollywood” experience.

Scores less than zero

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Charcoals, Renfield St, Glasgow.

Not an area of the City I feel particularly comfortable in on a Saturday night at 8.00pm however decided on this restaurant due to the number of positive reviews else where. In hindsight I wish I’d never come across them.

Booked a table and arrived on time but had to wait for a table admittedly not for long. Once seated I got a chance to look round and I can only describe the decor as a bit on the bizarre side and something told me things were going to go downhill from here.

The starters, when they finally arrived (we were contemplating sending out for chips by this time) were nothing to complain about however the main event i.e. the curry sauce had a strange broth like consistency and a taste that I’d rather not put my foot on or in.

The service was a shocker largely down to the fact that there were too many hungry punters and not enough Indians. I was informed that they were a member of staff short that night but he must have been an octopus as another 3 wouldn’t have gone wrong. Have to take my hat off to the head wallah who kept it going whilst taking a lot of heat from the “I’m no happy” brigade.
Scores a 3 and nothing would drag me back!…Abysmal

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The Royale India Restaurant – Newton Mearns Glasgow G77 6UT

Had one reasonable meal but after that it wasn’t very good sporting a very predictable buffet and a rather dour owner. As an aside I watched a Border Patrol programme the other week and the owner is featured having employed illegal immigrants that were taken away in the big black van from the restaurant. Scores a 2.

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Mr Singhs India – 149 Elderslie St. Glasgow G3 7JR

It’s the hard sell from the minute you walk in the door and its obvious that they want to screw every last drop out of you if your thick enough to put up with it…when you have ¾ of a pint left you don’t need “another Mick Jagger big man?”…very average food, over familiar waiters and a conveyor belt mentality…AVOID! Score 2..only just.
(Before you ask I’m not a Celtic fan.)

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Kublai Khan’s Mongolian Banquet – Candleriggs Glasgow G1 1LD

Awful…to be avoided at all cost. DIY Mongolian?…I’m not sure what this restaurant is all about but having tried it once that was enough. I ended up with a large plate of everything that sums up “haun knitted” and supermarket Chinese meals (and that was after help from the chefs to construct the dish). Scores a -3. Noted recently you can buy a season ticket which gives you 4 visits for £16 that says it all! After the first visit unless you’re a student you wouldn’t go back.

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Taj – Prestwick KA9 1LA

The first time I ate at the Taj (20 years ago) I was appalled by the poor quality of the fare however because of the reputation it has over the years I have returned several times to see if things had changed: the décor has but the food hadn’t!
Sorry but I just don’t get it…its revered by lots of Ayr & Prestwick punters as Ayrshire’s holy grail of Indian food but I’m afraid its time you got out more.
Lucky to score a 2.

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