Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
January 13, 2006
The restaurant was almost empty when I entered just before lunchtime but full half an hour later, with a mixed clientele including middle aged men, young couples and a few familes with small children. The glossy vegetarian menu had a large number of naan and roti breads, Indian and Continental breakfasts, thalis, a few Chinese noodle and fried rice dishes, and Indian mains for around 30 rupees.
I ordered the mixed vegetable kadai with boiled rice and a tandoor roti, while my wife had just a plain lassi and a milk coffee. The service was reasonably prompt, the drinks arriving after five minutes and the food around ten minutes later. The Kadai was piping hot, with plenty of onions, green peppers and chopped tomatoes. The portion was a little small, however, and the sauce slightly overdone. The roti was crisp and fresh, but the lassi was mediocre with a thin consistency.
The service got a little too prompt after the meals were served. In a first even for India, the bill arrived before I'd finished my last spoonful of rice, after the waiter twice asked if I wanted tea or coffee while I was only halfway through the meal.
The New Empire isn't a restaurant I'd go out of my way to eat at, but it's a good place to drop by if you're feeling hungry after visiting the Golgumbaz.
From journal The Power and the Glory: Bijapur