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manchester, British Columbia
August 28, 2009
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
November 9, 2006
You walk straight into the main dining area and in winter we were annoyed to find the doors propped open (and tables right beside the door) with a heater trying hard to compensate.
We had to wait almost five minutes before someone acknowledged us and that was only because we had to actually interrupt the bar staff to get attention. Our table wasn't ready and we were asked to wait but the small waiting area had no seats left so we had to stand there like a bunch of idiots right next to some people eating. We were not offered a drink while we were waiting and our table did not become ready until ten minutes after we had booked it for.
When we were eventually shown to our table it wasn't even a dedicated table - it was where they usually keep the clean linens and they were quickly move out of the way to create another table. We were next to the corridor where the toilets are. People filed past all evening.
The waiters seemed unsure of their jobs and when we checked whether my chosen dishes contained nuts they didn't ask the chef - just muttered that they "thought" it would be OK. I insisted they checked.
When the food came I took one small mouthful and knew instantly it contained nuts. I immediately felt ill and called the waiter who called the chef who insisted no nuts were in the food. My sweating and vomiting contradicted those claims - as a nut allergy sufferer I know when I've eaten nuts!
And my friends? They complained of bland food not served hot enough. And small portions.
Chutneys serves a fairly extensive menu of old the Indian favourites but few innovative dishes. Service is slow - not just from our experience but reports from friends. And who can trust a restaurant that puts nuts in dishes and denies it? It's just too risky to ignore.
Chutneys is a disappointing place. I had high hopes and felt that Whichkham's other Indian restaurant could do with some competition but the Jamdani is safe!
Prices may be reasonable at around £7.00 for a main course but who cares about reasonable when you could die and who wants cold food? Not me!
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