Saturday, 1 October 2011

Nice To Eat You

Worcester Park is fortunate to have many great cafes and restaurants. And KFC. Below are my thoughts on our various eateries. Add yours via the comments form below!

Avventura (Italian): First class, authentic Italian food cooked by chefs with  Michelin-starred restaurant backgrounds. Top quality ingredients, great flavours and superb service. Full review here. CLOSED AUGUST 2011

Zarahs (Bangladeshi Indian): Great takeaway food in Windsor Road. Fantastic flavours - definitely not just your bog standard tikka massala here! Great value meal deal offers always available.

The Chef (Chinese): Decent and reliable, but not spectacularly tasty. £16 per head order as much as you like is great, but we never make it past the starters!

Caffe Piccolo (Italian): Part of a small chain of local restaurants. Nothing fantastic, but I enjoyed my recent visit there - accessible food, popular with families. CLOSED NOVEMBER 2009

La Mama (Italian): Looks wonderfully inviting - passing it almost daily for two years I vowed I'd go there and try it one day. Two years' anticipation turned into the disappointment of a lasagne that tasted of canned tomato soup. Now renovated and looking very modern. Not had a meal there recently but was made a very nice cappuccino...

Bombay Masala (Indian) formerly Le Kitchen: Once this was my favourite but several management changes on it's very hit and miss. My last order consisted of four different dishes which remarkably managed to taste the same. Won't be ordering from them again, I'm afraid.

De Niro's (Fast Food): CLOSED APRIL 2009


Chubby's (Burgers, Kebabs, Pizza): Have only tried it once. OK, but not a match for the supremely brilliant Surry Nefis

Pizza Express (erm...): Well, it's a Pizza Express.

Meghna (Indian): Decent Indian food. £9.99 Mon-Thurs deal (£10.95 on Fridays) is definitely worth trying and great value for money. Superbly friendly staff compete the experience.

Shalimar (Indian): Well, it's opposite The Plough, so technically Old Malden. But what the heck - decent Indian food, Raja & Sara make excellent hosts but the slow service is a let down.

Surrey Nefis (Fast Food): Chicken kebab, pitta bread, small chips - salad, no cabbage. Extra chilli sauce. Thanks.

Kingfish (Fish & Chips): Modestly decent fish and chips. Does well, but could do batter. Mwahahaha.

Ryan Gate (kebabs, shawarma, miscallenous Lebanese delights): Fantastic shawarma, samosas and lebanses pies. Pizza is actually very good, when they are serving it, that is..

Silks (Italian, Thai, Chinese - Fusion food): Silks closed on January 1st 2009 (Full review here)

Chinese Canteen: Decent takeaway Chinese food, cooked to order in the open kitchen while you wait. Consistent and reliable - my Chinese of choice!

Classic Wok (Chinese): Good food, good value for money. But my loyalty is still with Chinese Canteen!

The Munal (Nepalese): Subtly different to Indian cuisine - more flavoursome and aromatic. Can highly recommend the £9.95 Mon-Thurs set meal. Well worth a visit.

Berties (was 'Cafe Experience'): Closed June 2009

Cuppaholic (cafe): You might have missed this one - it's in the small parade of shops, just by the station. Full marks to the hard working staff here, but the food barely hits the 'average' mark. Closed 2010.

Ginger & Garlic (Sri Lankan / Asian takeaway): CLOSED DOWN. Full review here.

Papa Johns: Cheap, stodgy and nasty when I tried it, but always seems busy. If only they were as good as making pizza as they are at parking illegally on pavements.

KFC: I went there once because everything else was shut. I was so ashamed that I scrubbed myself with carbolic soap for a month afterwards.

Midas Touch: Trendy bar feel to this place. The Midas Touch Burger is a consistent winner, though. A popular choice with families at weekends. Now called The Brook.

The Brook: The Midas Touch with greater emphasis on food and classic retro décor. Sizeable portions of very agreeable food. Excellent value for money with your KT4 discount card.

Checkers Sandwich Bar: Can't fault Joe for his cheerfulness, but the food was bland. The floor could do with a deep clean and the waitress dashing outside for a cigarette in between serving didn't create the best impression.

Sheesh Mangal: A very pleasant lunch was had here quite a while ago. Been meaning to go back...

Bronco's: The play area at the back makes this a hit with families with young children no matter what the quality of the rest of the experience. Service professionalism is variable but friendly - seems to be improving. Food quality is generally very good. Not cheap but hey you get to have a nice meal while the kids keep themselves entertained...

Still to be explored:
Ocean Fish Bar, Royal India, Bellini.

Your comments welcomed - especially on the ones I've missed!

Given the recent hoo-har (that's a technical term) about the quality of the restaurants in Worcester Park, especially regarding the star hygiene ratings, I am including this link to the Food Standards Agency page which lists the ratings for all food serving premises in KT4 (you need to scroll down a bit to see them). (Thanks blog reader Adrian for the idea). I hope as well as giving people more information to help them decide where to eat, it will give a direct incentive to local restaurants to improve their star ratings, leading to better quality restaurants in Worcester Park, better eating for Worcester Parkers and eventually, when things have turned around, an enviable reputation for Worcester Park as being one of the best places around to eat! Go to it...

247 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

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Jenny said...

Surprised about your review on La Mama's. If you choose the pasta or steak it is indeed excellent and their muscles are fab. I think lasagne is one of things that not a lot of people do well! Good tip about Le Kitchen, will have to try as I'm a sucker for curry. Agree with you on Piccola, lol.

Worcester Park said...

Jenny - I'm assuming you mean mussels, rather than muscles. Unless you've spotted something about the waiters that I didn't...? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

As the new proprietor of Silks, I invite you in to try some of our food. You've given some good reviews of other restaurants so maybe you could give us a go and see what you think.

To put the record straight, we offer Chinese, Thai and Italian food. In our kitchen we have three seperate chefs for each cuisine. All highly experienced and highly trained in cooking their specific nations food. So, we don't have one specific chef cooking different styles of food.

Your right, our branding and the word fusion needs bringing up to date so that everyone knows exactly what style of food we offer. As time moves on (and finances improve!) we will invest in better signage and a stronger corporate image.

Roy, I appreciate your views on my restaurant, it's a shame we didn't entirely 'wow' you. All of our food is cooked from fresh and is bought by hand from the markets twice weekly to ensure our food is totally fresh. Our chef's have rigourous training to ensure they are up to the job of preparing and cooking top food.

I do understand that Silks won't be to everyone's taste, because we don't fit into a specific genre of restaurant, but we have come a long way in the three months I've been involved, I would go as far as to say the restaurant is the best it's been since it opened 5 years ago. As you can probably see from my babblings above I am very passionate about what we do and would urge anyone and everyone to give us a go! I will personally look after you to ensure your total satisfation!

Anyway, I've gone on and on and on.... But if you do wish to book a table then please give me a call: 020 8335 0888.

Many thanks,

James Colairo-Moss

italiastar said...

Wow A reply from the proprietor of Silks - good to see someone who cares about their business. Silks is the only WP restaurant i've regularly used, when finances allow. I also exclusively use their "sister" business Chinese Canteen. Both are excellent. During our recent visit, there was a new younger manager, I now guess the new proprietor. He was very attentive and helpful and friendly. We have our favourite dishes, and with three cuisines, it's hard to find something which you wont like. If you want a quiet meal, avoid Saturday nights when you tend to get the birthday crowd. The decor does look a bit dated, yes unfortunately modern decor dates very quickly, but don't worry about that, because the excellent food will take your mind off the decor very quickly. The £10.95 set menu is also very good value and a good chance to try Silks. I've also found their wines very good - I've had two Pinot Grigios there which were excellent. I can recommend this place. May I also suggest that we expand this part of the blog to recommend eating establishments in WP.

pops said...

If you like Nepalese food, and I do, the Munal is well worth visiting. The Everest Chicken and Nepalese Hash Bhutuwa (Duck off the bone) are particular favourites.

Good to read about Silks - always wondered what they were about. Also agree with your comments about Le Kitchen.

Steve H said...

More about Silks....
We were struggling to find a venue for a christening party. There really isn't that much in Worcester Park, particularly involving small children. Silks have an area for parties. We had eaten there before (about a year ago,it was OK), and went for it.
Glad we did. Good area for a party, nice food, great wine. If I were doing it again, I would be back to Silks (very helpful proprietor)

DannyVandal said...

Went in the Piccolo today for a joint birthday party for my daughter and her cousin. Food was excellent, service was very very good and attentive. Haven't tried Silks but like the owners attitude, might go in there on my next visit back to WP....

italiastar said...

Having just re-read this section I feel I must defend Kingfish. I'm happy to be corrected, but I think this maust rate as one of the best Fish and Chip Shops I've ever used. Try it on a friday evening when it's busy - both the fish and chips will be freshly cooked - no sign of soggyness. What out for the owner's jokes whilst your waiting ..... Prepare yourself for gems like "Why did the skeleton cross the road? .... sorry I can't remember the punchline

Jennifer said...

I've only just seen your reply to the below :) lol, I mean mussels! Not like me to spell things wrong either (bad spelling is my pet hate)!

Ian Morris said...

Its all about the Nefis for me. That place has been like a second dinning room for me.

Anonymous said...

I agree about La mama, we usually make the trip to wimbledon for Italian but we decided to give La Mama a try as it looks good from the outside and it seems popular. I wish we didn't... Everything, especially the tomato sauce tasted like heinz soup... I suppose this keeps the Kids happy tho!!!!

Anonymous said...

..... Prepare yourself for gems like "Why did the skeleton cross the road? .... To go to the body shop :)

Anonymous said...

I am new to Worcester Park, after reading this post, I went to Nefis over the weekend and the food was delicious and portions were very generous. The owner even gave me free bottle of Coke when I mentioned of reading about Nefis on your blog :-)

Hany Mustapha said...

Why did the skeleton cross the road? To get to the Body Shop!

Anyway - gonna try "The Chef" tonight - will let you know... only lived in Worcester Park (up the hill behind the Plough) for about 5 years (!) but had no idea The Chef was an all-u-can-eat!

And how fab to have a Worcester Park blog!

Worcester Park said...

Hany - welcome to the Worcester Park Blog! I hope you enjoy The Chef. Do let us know your thoughts on it.

Girl-18 said...

Ive only lived in worcester park a few years, (the hamptons) and have never found a decent indian restaurat.., apparently the shalimar is voted the best, which i disagree, (probably as I had a takeaway) and Munal was always empty and tasted like the food had been cooked the night before also being cold and Ive tried many throughout the area, Ive been unsucessful!. But now reading your reviews about Le kitchen, Im going to try it tonight!
Also..
I've really enjoyed the food at Cafe Piccolo and found every time the food is served piping hot and delicious (wel Ive only tried the lasagne, pizza and caesar salad!)
:)..
and the Nefis kebab shop food is nice but a bit pricey and the kebabs come in Henry the 8th sized portions!...
Havent tried Silks but always been keen, so its definatly made the list of places to visit!

Papa johns is nice and the nicest local pizza delivery place in worcester park!
I would also like to say that the Cafe (near the old M&S-forgotten the name), does a great breakfast and always hot and the price is not bad either! From the outside it looks a bit dirty, But the food makes up for it!

Worcester Park said...

Girl 18 - thanks for the comments. Let me know what you think of Le Kitchen after you've tried it tonight. Can't beat a good curry with Eurovision!

idmiston said...

Looks like Ryan Gate might be changing soon - it's up for sale:

http://uk.businessesforsale.com/uk/Substantial-Restaurant-Deli-Convenience-Store-For-Sale.aspx

Worcester Park said...

Ryan Gate has been up for sale since last year. No takers, obviously!

Steve H said...

Sorry to post twice on the subject of food, but it is something close to my heart. There is a new Indian takeaway in Worcester Park (Rasool Bengal, I think). It's in the Vale Road parade (where the yoof used to hang out). Not the cheapest, but it ranks alongside the Sri Krishna for quality food.
YUM (delivery is quite quick). Please try....I really would hate to lose them....

P.S. I think we should have a permanent restaurant website for the Worcester Park environ.

marjorie28 said...

Great to have a WP blog of our own - and enjoyed the food reviews, but why not a brief address so we can find the restaurants?.
Don't forget WP goes up to N Cheam and the Blue Chip chippie is very good all cooked freshly.
Also disagree with comments about Meghna, not everyone wants their head blown off by a curry, you sensitve types, give it a try - it's really good

Anonymous said...

what about the harvester at the plough.personnally i have done all three in local borough i.e the george morden and the plough sutton common road.i think the plough wprcester park comes a poor third.just check the chips and their salad

Gordo's Neighbour said...

You've included Shalimar opp the Plough in New Malden, so I feel compelled to recommend Aroma next to the Plough for great Italian. Service is slow, but food is as genuine Italian as it gets.

Alice said...

The guy who runs Aroma is a bit of a nutter though

Anonymous said...

SURELY WE SHOULD ALSO MENTION RUPALI - 2 DOORS FROM SHALIMAR. ALSO EXCELLENT.
1 LINE ON THE KINGFISH
WHY DIDNT THE GHOST GO TO THE PARTY? - HE HAD NO BODY TO GO WITH

Ian Morris said...

If you want decent fish and chips avoid the kingfish and head to the top of the high street to the fish and chip shop (cant remember its name) that is accross the road from sainsburys and on the bend. Lovely!

The Brinkster said...

I'm ambivalent as far as chippies go. I think Kingfish can be on the pricey side for what you get although the guy who runs it is really good with the little Brinksters (as is the owner of Cafe Picollo). The one at the top of Central Road you're describing was our favourite until Mrs Brinkster had an unfortunate issue with the food there one time...

Anonymous said...

Ocean Fish Bar (at the top of the hill) is the best chippie in town. You even get a free hair with at least every meal.

Anonymous said...

Silks and The Chef remain favourites in our household - treats as far as price goes, but when you eat out as rarely as we do, well worth it! I organised a surprise 40th in Silks last year, and the manager could not have been more helpful or accomodating - he was just great, and a marvellous advert for his restaurant. I always think of it as somewhere I can take my nan for her steak or salmon type dish, but still get a great thai curry for me.
The Chinese Chippy opposite Cheam Common Infants is also great - free lollipops for the kids always popular, but I have to mention La Mamma - lovely staff in there, again great with the kids. Not so great however was the caterpillar in the salad one time! Haven't been back since, it kind of put me off. Moving slightly out of WP blog range, love India Cottage on the London Rd - great food, lovely waiters. That's made me hungry now, must eat!

young buck said...

From the point of view of a parent with a child of three I would say you are being overly harsh on Kingfish and Cafe Piccolo. That are great with small children and my son and his friends love both places.

On the grown up front The Chef, Meghna and La Mamma are my certain favourites. This is the first time I find myself seriously disagreeing with the comments on this blog. However, Silks and the guy who runs it are indeed fabulous.

My mum will no longer go into Berties since they have introduced an 'old timers' day. Obviously kindly meant but for those between 60 and 80 a bit of an unpleasant label!

Cheam Commoner said...

Went to the Chef last Sunday for the lunchtime eat all for however much, arrived a little late at 14:45 but was offered a table only to be told that the kitchen closes at 15:00.

Now don't get me wrong I know it was a late lunch but if you advertise that the lunch runs from 12:00 till 15:00 surely they would complete the service !! Well apparently not. In the end we decided not to eat there as i really didn't fancy just having a starter.

Instead we went to a small pub a little further away that did a good roast dinner... From 12:00 all the way thru to 21:00 on a Sunday !

To say i was a little miffed with the chef would be an understatement & unfortunately for them WAS somewhere i used quiet often.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong with the colonel's finest, nothing at all.

KFC uber alles

Ian Morris said...

I had some of the colonels finest for lunch today. Sweet!

Anonymous said...

If thats the Colonels finest, i dont wanna be within a mile of his worst!!

Benny Dictene said...

You are just too amusing.

Longella said...

oops..
posted this question on the guestbook and another part of the blog by mistake.., so here goes again: can anyone recommend an MSG free Chinese restaurant?? I love the Chef and Silks - both have tried to help me out with MSG free stuff but it means missing out out on all the dishes I like....MSG means I end up with headaches and a streaming nose the next day if I eat it :-(
thanks
L

Anonymous said...

longgella eat as much as you possibly can of your m s g ,i find you and your question as about as exciting as a bad case of gout. i might be guilty of bad manners,but i couldnt care less,you bore me rigid.st phillip alleyer

Longella said...

Cowardly Anonymous:
Bless - you took the time to reply so you must care eh?.......

Chris said...

I read your comment about The Shalimar Indian Restaurant and thought I'd add my views.
I started going there in the week that they opened and a more friendly service would be rare to find.
Raja and Sara are the perfect hosts and the food is indeed cooked to order. For instance, I like the flavours of a Pasanda, but prefer spicier food (pasanda is a mild dish). The chef is happy to make my order from scratch - not just bung in a couple of extra chillis! :O)
They've won loads of awards and I can't fault them for quality of both service and food at a very reasonable price.
I left the area a while back, but when I visit family and friends, we make a point of returning to the Shalimar.

Anonymous said...

Could be wrong, but there's been no sign of the Royal India, a fine restaurant opposite the Northend Tavern..take-aways are usually as good as eating in.

curry queen said...

Anonymous it should read," eating in just as appalling as the take aways!"

Having found the Munal closed this evening we had a take out from the Royal India. This was easily the worst meal I have had for some time - all the meals were loaded with sugar, the paneer floated in a mixture of cream coconut and condensed milk-like liquid bounty bars with a few peas bobbing around. And as for the spinach ... inedible.

i give this place 1/10 and that's only cos the two waiters in the empty ( i should have been warned when the tumbleweed drifted past)restaurant were very pleasant.

Anonymous said...

WP really needs a Nando's

The Colonel said...

I reckon WP needs a 2nd KFC. You can never have too much fried chicken.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a Thai place

Paddy Newman said...

This is the first time I've been on this site. Bit concerned to read the reviews of La Mammas as we are booked to go there on Friday evening. Will leave my review here on monday 23. Had Tried to book Silks, nuff said!

mottie said...

Cafe Piccolo is great and very reasonable! Also La Mamas is also excellent! Don't knock KFC it's all some peole can afford!

Anonymous said...

I can't go to La Mama's as I got off with one of the waiters at McCluskys once. Classy haha. I like Piccolo though, going there tonight as a coming home celebration with my parents :D

Carmina said...

omg there's someone my age in the hamptons! I swear I'm surrounded by toddlers where are yooou?!

Trevor Fletcher said...

I can't believe you missed A Roma (not Aroma to be picky) WP - maybe the Old Malden issue, but if you're going to include Shalimar, why not?

Great food, good service and a genuine Mediterranean atmosphere. You could only call the service slow if you want a rushed meal.

As for the proprietor, the word is 'character'; character, not 'nutter' - tut tut Alice! Esteban is friendly, good company and professes to understand my fluent Spitalish! An excellent host but, then again, I suppose one man's meat is another man's KFC eh?

I can only recommend that you try it for yourself. I'm just off there now.

Anonymous said...

We need a Nandos in Worcester Park! Does anyone else agree???

The Colonel said...

Boy, that kinda talk is fightin' talk. There is only room for one chicken restaurant in Worcester Park and The Colonel holds that monopoly.

young buck said...

I agree A Roma is excellent. I have always had lovely food there. Really noce atmosphere - good sevice. Easy to spend several hours in there as it is so relaxed - very few children (for those of you who are so concerned about such things!) I can recommend the lamb with rosemary but they also do a very good value set menu so you can eat there quite cheaply. I love the owner - very entertaining

Jacey said...

Anonymous - I'll go for Mexican/Nandos etc - even though I can rarely eat out now. Rumours used to have a great restaurant years ago, don't know why it went. Would be it be wrong to suggest a decent greasy spoon - or am I the only one who doesn't like the one opposite Post Office in WP? (sorry).

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the best places in worcester park are:

For a relaxed meal in a nice surrounding - La Mama.

Best Chippie by far is Ocean Fish Bar (at the top of the hill), great food at reasonable prices.

For curry, you can't go wrong with Meghna, or the one in the middle of the highstreet with the darkened windows (i can't remember the name!).

The Brinkster said...

Jacey
You're talking about Smittys eh? We used to drive 'all the way' from New Malden to go there as it was the only thing even vaguely resembling a Tex/Mex in the area at the time. It was good food too! Desperados in North Cheam fills the gap for us now.

Jacey said...

Yes that's the name thanks . Did a great burger also. Has anyone tried the takeaway next to post office in W'Park please (one that doubles as a deli)? Pizzas etc seemed reasonably priced but I'm always nervous of trying something other than a simple kebab.

Worcester Park said...

Jacey - I assume you are referring to Ryan Gate, legend of Worcester Park? I can recommend the food there, although ordering is a bit of an ordeal. Even the tried and trusted method of pointing at the menu didn't quite seem to work for me. Still, definitely worth a try if you're feeling adventurous.

Anonymous said...

If no one has noticed Ryan Gate has changed hands. To my utter amazement it's got even better. The Pizza are available all day every day and they will cook just about anything in the butchers -had an amazing Lamb filet the other day.

Also talking of great WP restaurants I think technically the amazing and friendly Xander's is in Worcester Park -being this side of North Cheam.

Anonymous said...

how many people have tried Namaste - the indian restaurant/take away on cheam common road? We tested it out for the first time about a month ago and i have to say its really different and some of the best curry I have ever had outside one of the top places in central London. Would like to know what other people think. I know that good curry is a hotly debated topic on this site/

Anonymous said...

hi - just moved to the area so have found this blog really useful...still getting around to trying all the places, but here are some
Kingfish - our saturday norm - it is pricey but then what FnC place isnt these days - large cod n chips special is only large cod as chips are normal size (bit of a con) but prefer haddooc anyway
Midas Touch - went there with the in laws on a sunday - werent dressed formally but didnt mean we were barred. food was yummy - esp the roast - better than the normal stoggy roasts you get - wine was superb - ambiance - great - even with two newborns on the table next to us
Cazbar - small altight - good for Sky - would be better if served some snacks - nachos, chips - other nibbles to go with the alcohol - cant hear sky sound - bummer during the Ashes final!!!
Green grocers - very good - fresh produce although do get worried the lady doesnt add up the price on the till but in her head
Greggs - always packed - but standard
cant wait to explore more place :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anonymous

I have to say I agree with you about Namaste - I write restaurant reviews for some of the local papers and I have been to countless Indian restaurants in the area (and in central London), and I was seriously impressed. Can't remember what we ate but it was all first-class, and the wine was great too. Go check it out.

Anonymous said...

chubbys is fantastic best takeaway shop EVER!!!

Mikey said...

Lived in WP for about 16 years & just found out about this excellent blog.Tried a lot of the restaurants but not all. Silks was head & shoulders above anything else in the area - food quality wise & service. Great wines inc best House Wines. James, was the best host you could get & nothing was too much trouble. I regularly organised dinners there for large parties. Pity it had to close. Wish Bellinis all the best but can't see them doing much with it. Mix of bar, cafe & restaurant I hear. No promotions just expect people to turn up - not in a recession! Agree about the Namaste though. Excellent food, service a little slow but attentive staff. Desperados is great!You can gauge how well the local economy is by seeing how many are in there. It used to be packed on a Monday night - 6 months ago!Fish n chips Trelawneys or Blue Chip.

Scott said...

A Roma. Ate there last night and the food was fantastic. Never heard a bad word spoke about the place. 9/10

Anonymous said...

I had the most awful meal back in the summer at A Roma. The food was bland (no garlic!).

Not going back there again.

Bear said...

Just recently we went into Bilinis for the first time for lunch, it's very much a 'must try'. Their tapas was so good we keep going back! They are very friendly and welcoming and they are more than happy for people just to pop in just for a coffee or a pannini. The menu is also very reasonably priced.

We haven't tried their main menu yet but it is only time before we do.

Definately a new 4* WP treasure. If you go say hello to Gianni

William said...

Rupali opposite the Plough is outstanding. We get a take out from there once a month for our regular curry night in. Very friendly staff and quality food. All at good prices. Can't fault it.

Kingshill Billy said...

I went to the Shalimar tonight with the family and I am happy I made it out alive. This was easily one of the worst meals all categories I've had, Londonwide! Severly overpriced and like a tribute to "Pataks wonderful sauces" but lukewarm and with quality battery hen from Lidl cooked to imperfection. The icing on the cake was when I ordered a pint of "lager on draught" and the chef jogged across to the Co-Op and brought back a can of Fosters......Gary Bushell with his massive side burns may have visited in the early seventies but this lot will not win any more awards before next millenium

Neilesh said...

I've been to Shalimar many times. Easily the best restaurant in Worcester Park. Have you tried their prawn curry?

Kingshill Billy said...

I may have caught them on an off day but the prawn Korma is one of the dishes I did have and with the best of will I can't say it was any where near good.

Clearly a case of Pataks with ready peeled "north sea prawn" from Booker. What made me lose hope for the Shalimar was the disrespect of serving lukewarm Fosters on the can straight from the co-op and present is as lager on draught at £3.75 per pint.

However I'll try anything twice. People of WP please give me more suggestions of great Shalimar dishes and I'll have another go in the near future.

The Dutchman said...

Agree with Neilesh - never had any issues. I tend to go for a Prawn Jalfrezi or Dupiaza and the missus likes the Chicken Kashmiri (mild - similar to a korma). Would definitely recommend you give them another go.

Agree that the beer thing is poor, but I find it very odd, again - normally I have a nice chilly glass off the tap no problem

Anonymous said...

Hello visited La Mamas last week and food wasnt great. I am giving it another go tonight though and will let you know. We seem to have lots of curry houses and chinese takeaway .. little else.

Paul said...

If you are planning on heading to Shalimar, my advice would be to stop a few paces short and go into Rupali instead. I'm all in favour of the slow food movement, but the Shalimar took the concept to outrageous extreme when I last visited. The Rupali is good quality, friendly but attentive service, and no need to be onto your 3rd round of drinks before the starter arrives. I'm getting hungry ...

Matt said...

It's a shame Shalimar seem to be doing this as a rule. We went some time ago and we had the longest wait we've ever experienced in a restaurant. The food is great and the hosts are warm, but they seem to have mis-stepped with this policy of slow service. Hopefully someone will give them a gentle nudge and they'll speed things up.

Worcester Park said...

I can vouch for the slow service at Shalimar - it does detract from what is otherwise always a very enjoyable visit with great food and wonderful hosts. The Munal or Meghna are now my venues of choice.

Sarah M said...

We had brunch on Sunday at the newly opened "La Continental mezze/tapas/bistro". We tried the Greek and Turkish specials, which were light and delicious (olives, spicy sausage, cheese, tomato) and which came with two rounds each of hot buttered toast. Certainly felt much more healthy than the caff down the road!

The waitress and chef were very friendly. They are planning to re-open the garden area at the rear of the restaurant soon once when they have finished refurbishing it.

Next time we will visit in the evening and try some of the Tapas dishes.

Anonymous said...

munal tandoori!!!!
last night was one of the worst curry i've evr had in my life. i wonder why munal is empty all the time...the food and service was NASTY & ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC!
what a shame, what a poor management.
Jason.

Scott said...

We tried La Continental for dinner last week and the food was delicious. We tried a selection of the greek and turkish tapas and all of the dishes were yum, especially the whitebait. I can heartily recommend it.

Olivia said...

Just having a quick scroll through these posts as I was wondering if anyone had tried Bellini recently? I've been there about 4 times now and although the menu is a little limited everything I've tried is good and the staff and management were excellent and welcoming. HOWEVER - I went a couple of Saturdays ago and there was another man there. It was about 2.30pm and there were 2 of us for lunch. He was clearly not pleased about having us turn up so late in the day. And this from an Italian! They don't traditionally eat lunch until after 2pm so not sure where this attitude came from! He looked so miffed to have us there that I asked if the restaurant was open all day, he said it was. After a few minutes he came to take our order and we said we weren't ready yet to which he replied we had to order as the kitchen was closing. When we ordered a bottle of wine he was none too pleased either! Seems funny now but at the time we felt rushed and unwelcome. So long story short (too late!) I just wondered if anyone knew if that man is the new manager or if the lovely people who have been there before will be back.

Anonymous said...

Olivia - I went there about 3 weeks but not in the afternoon. Food was great and waitress was pleasant.

Anonymous said...

There are a great selection of restaurants in and around worcester park to suit all pockets and occasions, but unfortunately you cannot always guarantee a good meal every time in most of them as service can be very slow and food not up to standard. I personally love the mexican restaurant in North Cheam for a different night out, its reasonably priced and always has a great atmosphere and scrumptious food... a good place for a night out with friends, and for a fish and chip take away you can't beat the ocean fish bar at the top of worcester park...It knocks the socks off of Kingfish. I can't stand anything cooked in old reheated oil... it will always have that particular smell about the batter. For a special night out or family lunch with the children I would recommend the new Italian on the old cafe piccolo site as it is probably the only Italian in the area with proper Italian food. I know ARoma is run by a spaniard and none of the chefs are italian and La Mamma the same. Bellini has a lovely manager but the food lets it down sometimes. Pizza Express was always a favourite for going out when children were around but I think the pizzas at the new place may have won me over. My favourite food however is French and apart from Surbiton and Ewell village I don't think there are any nearby... if anyone can recommend a good one I would love to hear from you....

Marc B said...

Well, apparently I am never to return to La Mamma (both mine and the manager's opinion).... starter and wine were fine and my main of Veal was working well. However, my other half (better half, who knows?) had ordered king prawns. They looked lovely at a glance but were empty of content.... I mean it, the shells were empty! Complained - Yes. Eating seperate meals an option yes from the management's perspective but no from mine. A rather important evening to us was ruined and the owner/manager got very verbose. I will never enter those doors again!

Barbyk said...

Been attending 'steak night' at the H G Wells for the past few weeks as excellent meals. Have noticed over the past couple of weeks that the advertised '8oz' steaks have apparently shrunk to more like half that size. Feeling a bit miffed we strolled to the Midas Touch and got a whole 10oz steak , beautifully cooked for the same price. The midas do not offer a drink in the price, but the size of the steak make up for that. Sadly the Midas was empty ...can't think why....

Susan K said...

Can I just take this opportunity to ask people to support Bellinis restaurant. No, we dont work there or know anyone who does but feel that it deserves a write up on this blog. My husband and I have eaten in all the local restaurants and this is the one which consistently delivers good food and service and we cannot understand why it is not busier during the peak weekend times. Without going into the pros and cons of local Indian / Chinese and chain restaurants,of the others we find La Mammas has an inferior menu, is inconsistent with its quality and the staff are more often than not surly and unhelpful. The Midas Touch has good food but I'm not happy sitting on a plastic bench whilst eating and Avventura when we went a couple of months ago seemed to be a creche offering food which was very overpriced considering all the noise in there, the slow staff, and sticky tables without table cloths. (They seem to have confirmed their creche status by providing a play area for children!!! If I wanted to eat with that many children on a Saturday night I would go to McDonalds where I wouldn't have to pay such high prices and I would get my food delivered hot and on time). So please give Bellinis another go, we've always found the staff very welcoming, the food as I say is always good and reasonably priced considering the quality, the wine menu although not extensive offers some great wines all bar one for under £20 a bottle. It's great and we want it to stay open for a long time to come!

Anonymous said...

been to Bellinis several times over the last few months. Found the staff very friendly and efficient but the quality and quantity of food has got progressively worse. so we have decided not to visit again. shame they cannot seem to maintain standards.

Anonymous said...

i have been to few restaurants to worcester park but going back only to bellini ,the food is good every time same standards soryy but it is actualy the best place to have a good meal.

Gordo's neighbour said...

Thanks for giving this a 'bump', WP. My family and I have fallen in love with Avventura - unfortunately, we've also noticed how though it is on the high street with many of the restaurants empty on weekdays, apart from KFC and Pizza Express.

It would be nice if Worcester Park would rally around to support the local restaurants. (Instead of the usual moaning after businesses close and, if we're lucky, are replaced by charity shops.) I would certainly argue there's a few deserving establishments out there (and one exceptional gem).

My family has happily forsaken dining out in New Malden and Kingston on weekends for a twice weekly dose of Avventura. I'm sure Munal, Bellini's, Midas Touch et al have their fan bases as well as they do serve modest fare, IMHO.

As for those who still eat at the WP Tavern - sigh. Please please please try the burgers at Midas Touch, or better still, the pizzas and pasta and Avventura!

Susie Cutie said...

For fish and chips in Worcester Park, it has to be Fresh Fry in Vale Road. As they fry to order, be prepared to wait, or phone your order thru.
For Thai I can recommend the place on the Ewell-by pass, opposite Toppo Gigio's (which I can also recommend). The Thai house rose wine to excellent too.

Patrick said...

AVVENTURA RESTAURANT
4 of us went on Sat 26/2/11, having booked via Skiddle. We were welcomed by name, & were impressed by service, ambience, quality of food & speed of delivery despite being fairly busy. The bill, including 3 bottles of very drinkable house wine, came to £120 (£30 each) for 3 courses : no complaints -we'll be back!

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I have tried most the restaurants in Worcester Park and there are few of good quality.

Munal is by far the best indian style cuisine (Nepalese). They do not not use oil in their cooking like Indians and the food is much tastier and consistent!!

Bellini's has very good food but there is no atmosphere whatsoever and the owner can be slightly annoying. I like the food but find myself so bored in there. They could do so much more, a nice bar too perhaps.

I would have to urge people to get behind the Midas Touch. The food from the evening menu is fantastic and they constantly deliver. The service is also very good.

La Mammas is poor to say the least. I have been on several occasions and it seems to get worse each time. I won't be going back.

Susie Cutie said...

Oh no!!! Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have posted their scores for food hygiene and my favourite fish n chip shop only scores 1.

Anonymous said...

So any rumours on what eatery is going next to vin bins?

AllYouNeedIsNow said...

We've lived in WP for 15 years and our two favourite eateries are:

MUNAL (Nepalese), perfect food, wife loves the chicken tikka massala whereas I have something more spicy and I've tried at least half of the menu! Great for takeaway or eat in.

SAMS kebabs at North Cheam. I've been visiting them since my teenage years, so about 20 years now! The best doner kebabs in town and I love the Chicken Kofte. They've had to move location a few times in recent years but are now back at the crossroads. Everyone needs as reliable kebab shop in their lives and you can't beat a Sams!

Anonymous said...

DOR-STEP Sandwiches is a new take-away cafe opened in Dorcester Park, Worcester Park. It serves delicious freshly made sandwiches/paninis while you wait. A much needed breakfast/lunch opposite the park!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I went to Meghna last week, and we both thought it was the best Indian meal we had ever had! The menu was varied, the £10.95 Gourmet Deal was excellent value, and most importantly, the food was superb. The service was great too - not rushed in any way, and the owner came and chatted to us, and recommended dishes from the menu.

We still miss Silks...and although we are 'Suttoners' we like the varied restaurants in Worcester Park. On another note, I must visit Pets Place one day and say hello to the gorgeous cat I see sleeping on the hutches as I go past on the bus...saw him in the aisle of Superdrug the other day!!!

Highdown said...

Ocean Fish Bar is our favorite chippy, if that is worth much. Cheery and generous. Fish batter crispy and chips are not greasy. Job done. Highly recommend.

nikki said...

hi.. am new in worcester park.. can anyone recommend a good indian restaurant for me please.. i wa recommended Meghna, but havent tried it yt.. is it any good???

Luke said...

Meghna is my favourite Indian in the area, and one of my favourites full stop. Avventura was v good, but the location is a little far from the heart of the high street (circa Costa). La Mama looks wonderful but fare is uninspiring. Would like to see more al fresco dining eg Layla in Esher.

Aged 25, WP lacks that "going out" appeal, normally losing out to Wimbledon, Kingston, Esther or London. Would only take a couple of quality eateries and a bar or 2 to change that... However sadly I cant see that happening, as a twenty something homeowner, I'm a WP minority!

Anonymous said...

I think that Bellini's near The Chef is fabulous and the food is fantastic. If you go there you will have a friendly welcome and the food is delicious.

Anonymous said...

Went to eat at Bellini's last month. The food and service was first class but not much atmosphere.

Went just before Christmas when this time there was more people and a better atmosphere. The food and service again was of a first class standard. Would highly recommend as a local restaurant to go and eat.

Anonymous said...

I have been to bellini's on many occassions and think its the best italian I have eaten! The staff are lovely and welcoming. The food and service is first class and the price is very resonable for the lovely food they serve. I would also highly recommend going there! I think you would totally agree, it's the best Italian ever.

ian2424@hotmail.co.uk said...

La Mammas, whilst probably not the best italian in surrey has good food, nice atmospehere and best of all the very best service in town, go there you will not be dissapointed.

WPSpur said...

Went in there a few weeks ago and the service was p*sspoor. The waiter even showed a young couple to their table with his hands thrust firmly into his pockets.

Nasty.

Ally Mac said...

Bellini's is great.  We go there on special occasions for lovely food.  Mid range prices but well worth a visit.

WomberlingFree said...

Twice had a large Falafel wrap at Ryan Gate (only £2.95). Gerkin, red cabbage, and sesame sauce makes it. So good.  Go get one.  Made with care, and even warmed on grill after wrapped in paper.

Claire said...

Tried Sheesh Mangal last night having only been to the cafe previously. Great food and friendly service, thoroughly recommend.

Andy said...

Went to chinese canteen - what a waste of money...awful food

Axlrocky said...

gotta agree Claire - Sheesh Mangal has been fantastic food the couple of times we have been there - and Andy, the Canteen is usually quite good, must have been an off day.

Italiastar33 said...

Italians don't eat until after 2pm ???

I think not - you won't find many Italians eating past 2pm . Where did you get that idea from?

Stutb62 said...

Aroma Italian Restaurant. From the outside you think you're walking into a well established restaurant. The welcome by the owner is very warm but very quickly becomes over bearing and monotonous. On paper the food looks like it will be good. However it's vastly over priced but this is entirely down to the fact that the food is cheaply sourced. This is very apparent when you eat it or at least attempt to. Charged full price for a kids portion of fish and chips for my son. £17 in fact. Would I go again. Never. My advice. Stay away.

Read more: Aroma Restaurant in Worcester Park - reviews. Worcester Park restaurant guide. http://www.thefoodplace.co.uk/restaurants/aroma-restaurant-in-worcester-park-47298/#ixzz1uJ3vpaL0

Bongo81 said...

I agree worst Chinese in Worcester Park, cheap processed ingredients, poor portions for the money.

cheamcommoner said...

Funny that these bad comments about the canteen have started to appear... i ordered from there last week and it was the worst i have ever had from there !!... up untill last week i couldn't fault it save for the odd over cooked chicken ball... i wonder if it is under new ownership.

Rumouredimaging said...

Royal India is the best curry by far in Worcester Park and the chicken tikka sheesh kebabs from Chubbys are AMAZING!!!!

Hari said...

Here are my experiences with local places to eat in WP:

1. Chinese canteen - the food was poor, will not be going there again!
2. Chubbys - not bad but a bit pricey
3. KFC - poor customer service
4. Shalimar - i am indian and can tell you this is very poor food. For a good indian head to Tooting or Croydon.
5. Chines Garden - eeerrrrgggghhhh, had ot wash out my mouth with soap after dinner.
6. Sam's - lamb kofte are good

'Hope that helps y'all

Hari

ADSTAH said...

Happy Garden Chinese is not only the best Chinese in Worcester Park it's the best i've ever had  (and trust me i'm a big guy, i've had a LOT)

Nikita said...

 I went to Sheesh Mangal with my family last Thursday and the food was great. There is also a belly dancer on Thursday evenings which was a surprise!

Feyirems said...

Chinese canteen is crap! So is the chef. I am in need of a good Chinese meal. Think I'll be trying happy garden

Hu said...

Chinese and currys houses in WP are crap. We go out to hounslow for a good indian as much better plus can take your own bottle of booze in. Shalimar is gross...dont go there

Jacey said...

I have to say that I've always gone to the Happy Garden - been in WP 19 years now. Even though I've moved to the other side of Worcester Park, I still go there when I can. Great food.
As for Indians, I love them but find them so dear for one. And I really don' think I'd go all the way to Hounslow even if I had a car. There must be good ones around?

Feyirems said...

Ok! My review on happy garden. The food actually tastes better than any I have tasted around Worcester park and north cream included. I did think it was expensive based on the portions but after all the cheap bad food I have had around here. The cost wasn't that big a deal. Friendly staff too. Definitely a 8/10.

Axlrocky said...

retracting my earlier statement about sheesh mangal - has gone downhill and let high early standards slip, a simple request for bread was met with we dont server bread, as the waiter habded bread to the table next to us, shame, early signs were promising but may not be heading back

togg said...

I see that "Henry's" is being refurbished and has a new name. Is it the same owners with a different name or a completely new ownership? Never went in before because hardly anyone was ever in there...which was kind of a bad advert...!!

NigelWestern said...

 visited the chef last week. not spectacular but reliable, fast polite service, and OK food for a reasonable price

Axlrocky said...

slightly off the worcester park radar but the Malden Manor Pub is under new management and is now serving Thai Food. It is surprisingly good and they offer takeaway - a bit rough and ready but good portions and very tasty. 

Paul said...

Good call - I'll try it out.  Their neighbour, Spice Express, at Malden Manor station has been a no-frills stalwart for me for a while.

Axlrocky said...

cancel Thai food orders at the manor - new owners again and the Thai is gone - brewery found a buyer and a new team is at the helm - no reports of what they are going to do as yet

WP Resident said...

Has anyone tried the new Sushi (restaurant/takeaway/eatery??) on Windsor Road opposite the library/Waitrose top entrance? It looks stocked up and ready but the signs seem to suggest it's not open yet. Is it does anyone know?

Being off Central Road, you could miss it but let's hope it's a success. I look forward to trying some tasty sushi whenever it opens! 

Sandbed said...

We used to love A Roma (in spite of rather eccentric owner!). Last time we tried it was closed. Does anyone know if it will re-open?

Snikkigirl said...

jacey, try meghna, next to the sainsbury's on central road.. my favorite in indian food since always... wiv excellent service too.

Carl said...

I got salmonella poisoning from Meghna curry house.  From what I hear I do believe that I have not been the only one?...

Vicki said...

A Roma has sadly closed at the beginning of July and a new restuarant called Rosemarino is in the process of being fitted out and will open shortly, not sure of exactly when but they seem to be making good progress.

Nick said...

Do not eat at Ryans Gate the food there is terrible!

Jhallett Buckland said...

Bellini is fantastic needs more profile never had a bad meal yet value for money

togg said...

Tried Sheesh Mangal at lunchtime the other day. The food was good. However I thought the middle aged duty manager was not particularly friendly at all. He wasn't warm or welcoming and took our orders in a rather robotic disinterested fashion. Also wasn't very attentive. Bit silly to do this really since I'm very local living just up the road! As I said, the food was good, but not good enough to overlook some unfriendly service. This local won't be going back...

Andy said...

Mamas Pizza and pasta is lovely. Newly opened in North Cheam. Eddie is lovely friendly and helpful and so are his staff and they deliver to Worcester Park. Also extremely high standard of cleanliness.
La Mama cannot find anything positive about my visits. First time food was cold second and final visit. Ordered pasta with peppers and onions received pasta and what can only be described as vegetable soup so sent it back. Spoke to the waitress who was not slightly interested and proceeded to charge me for the food that was sent back and refused to except that it was nothing like what I ordered!!

misslawbore said...

Sheesh Mangal is a deservedly popular Turkish restaurant. The shish and doner knock spots off similar establishments being made of good quality meat. Portions are large but they don't mind you sharing starters and desserts. The wine is a little pricey and on the Saturday night we were there some unrecognisable pop musak was being played at high volume which meant that the clientele had to raise their voices to beat it and it all got too noisy. Those are the only criticisms and are personal, not shared by everyone. The food is good and home made, even the excellent bakhlava with grated pistachio sprinkled all around it. Is the belly dancer on every Thursday?

misslawbore said...

They must have taken notice of your post, as all the staff bar one were really friendly

misslawbore said...

it's got better. Pitta bread came with the crispy fried courgettes, which tasted very good

Ma said...

Mama pizza is gross, tried it today, what a waste of money

Lilla said...

OPENED 7 AUGUST 2012 NEW RESTAURANT ROSMARINO - 30 CHURCH ROAD WHERE AROMA USE TO BE
I went the week it opened The place is Very diferent from The old Aroma.
The new owners have done a lovely job with the place.
The food is good the service decent and I think that is a fantastic place to go and have a quick meal or a great night out with friends .
I certainly will support it.I have been back since and think that Worcester park deserves a nice beautiful,fresh and clean restaurant with good food.

Longfellow said...

Tried the new Sunshine Cafe today much better than Surrey King Bigger Brighter and pleasant waitresses food portion size is good and price reasonable

Dan said...

just been to the chef for the second time and sadly it will be the last, as we found roaches in the food. We have also reported this issue to the local council and the food standards agency. BEWARE !

Gaz said...

Had a kebab from chaorcoal grill at the top of Central Rd. Had stomach cramps for 2 days afterwards. Avoid this place like the plague!!!

Nikko said...

Gaz: I've had plenty of food from the Charcoal Grill, and never a problem. In fact, it has always been very good. Are you sure that it was the food that caused the problem?

Simon Densley (Consv Activist) said...

Dragon Inn Chinese (London Road, opp Victoria House) is worth trying just for the Satay Chicken on Skewers. Service is friendly and food is good although the sesame prawn on toast is usually very oily.

Jeff said...

Has anybody tried the new Rosemarino Italian restaurant opposite the Plough Inn? When it used to be A Roma there were set menus for £12 to £14 depending on how many courses you wanted and whether it was lunch or evening. And you got a half bottle of wine per person free! I noticed on the new Rosemarino menu one particular main course alone was £18 - quite brave of the new management to upsize the prices in the middle of a major recession though it may well be worth the extra. It's the only place for miles around where you can dine al fresco next to real olive trees growing from the ground not pots.

Brockemhurst foodie said...

Yes, dropped in for lunch last weekend. Pleasant staff and good food. First impressions are its an improvement not that Aroma was bad, so will go again. Good luck to them

Rich said...

I have been to Checkers, and the bacon, mozzarella, basil and tomato panini is a winner. Had it several times. Also, went to Sheesh Mengal for the 4th time. Again, the food was superb. 10 out of 10. My favourite place at the moment.

northernlass said...

We ate there one evening last week. I thought it a bit overpriced - I agree with Jeff that it's brave to put prices up in a recession, but it was busy for mid-week which is a good sign. Menu has changed quite a bit from Aroma, there seem to be more pasta dishes, but a reasonable choice of meat and fish too. We enjoyed our meal, staff were friendly and service good, my only complaint is that the tables are too close together. It felt a bit cramped and it was difficult to have a private conversation.

Johnj said...

It's rank......papa John is 100 times better

axlrocky said...

agreed ive been back since and it seems there are good and bad days

Louis said...

F off there then

andy said...

yer u sure it was not the alchol lol

Amir said...

Delhi Chefs is my favourite place for casual dining. It reminded me of many months staying in India and eating in friends homes. Dishes are well prepared and presented. Great staff, with attentive service, and good vibes all round. Good value for money as well. Keep it up, Delhi chefs.

Neil said...

Delhi Chefs North Cheam is our favourite restaurant. Great food! Been there 4 times in the last couple of months. Consistently good, not expensive and always made to feel very welcome.

Ameh said...

My firends and I met up last night for one of our regular get togethers and I had chosen the Sheesh Mangal. i had been before but none of them had. We had absolutely no complaints at all - food and service was great. On the quiet they had even asked one of us was it a birthday and then did what appears to be their usual thing with the funny hat, piece of cake with candle and serenade at the table. All good fun ....... until the bill came and there, at the bottom of the bill, was a charge of £4.95 for the piece of cake! What a way to impress customers! How smallminded. Tip therefore was equally small!

Gaz said...

Don't question me nikko........have some respect for an OG

Lone Womble said...

I've lived in WP over a year now and favourite place is Sheesh Mungal, Meghna, Munal and Ryan Gate. Will be trying Rupali's and Namaste (if still open) after reviews on here!

Jeff said...

I've changed my mind about the Rosemarino Italian restaurant being pricey...I had a look at the latest menu today and they do a 2-course lunch with coffee for £11 (Monday to Saturday) and a 3 course evening set meal at £15 and £17-50 all of which seems eminently reasonable. And there's a good a la carte menu that includes a seafood risotto for under a tenner (if the sliced beef at £18 seems extravagent). I haven't actually eaten there yet but it won't be long.

Minx said...

I went to Bellini's a week ago for a ladies' night out and thought it was great. The service was friendly and quick, the food was very good indeed and the atmosphere very inviting. Would definitely go there again.

Jan said...

Very disapointing

unhappy aunt of a 5 year said...

Will never be eating in KFC Worcester Park again after finding Hair in my 5 Year Old nieces food a Lunch Box meal. Of which after complaining to a member of staff, and he apolgosied and said he would get her another meal, of which she was put off and now did not want to eat, I ask for my money back out of principle, the male member of staff then walked off with the box to the back of the shop and then came back and said that I had put the hair in! And then started giving me abuse! I am disgusted and appauled by the whole experience and will never set foot in their again! I hope they get shut down!

Nichu said...

It's probably for the best.

dazza said...

We need a decent Thai restaurant

Amir said...

Delhi Chefs in cheam common road is a fantastic Indian Restaurant with some really nice food. Service is very attentive. Will surely recommend my friends.

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Mr Mrs Hooch said...

Ocean fish bar is our firm favourite for fish & chips definitely the best in worcester park we have used them for years mw and wouldn't go anywhere else.

WomberlingFree said...

Had Zarah's twice and had the takeaway meal delivered for 2. Superb. For £20 you get a lot of food, and it's very tastily cooked (enough for lunch the next day too, and I like to eat!). The most tasty curry you'll taste outside Bombay Bicycle Club (but that's way more pricey). You can tell at Zarah's the naan breads have been cooked in a clay oven, onion bhaji's are crisp, and the lamb bhuna curry included is like one of the best things I've ever tasted. Highly recommend to the WP masses.

Happy gardens said...

Lol

Ant said...

We could do with a good Thai restaurant, Bellini service not great too money oriented!
Sheesh Mangal has good service and are friendly.

Bobo said...

Osaka - went to the new Japanese restaurant in the plough green parade last night with the family. Very impressed with the fit out, atmosphere, food and service, this is a very welcome addition to the WP scene, please everyone go and check it out

Boris said...

Zahra's is now closed. Real shame, thought it was fantastic.

Boris said...

proper Turkish food, not just greasy late night kebabs.

Boris said...

they've gone now :(

Boris said...

Classic Wok - I just love the fact that lady on the counter knows the menu back-to-front. Wouldn't call it the best ever, but it does the job pretty well.

WomberlingFree said...

Just heard Zahra's is gone too! Real shame. Fantastic Indian takeaway. Had on recommendation on here and never looked back.

So, what's the next best Indian takeaway? Be hard to match

Notablogger said...

Went to Sheesh Mangal - what a disaster! The service was very rushed, despite the restaurant being half empty. The starter arrived within 2 minutes of being ordered and the main course arrived just moments after the starter had been cleared. The starters were ok, but the main course was terrible. The lamb dish was tasteless and befitting school dinners, but worst of all was the rice which tasted like easy cook or Uncle Bens. Terrible food. We returned it and to be fair the manager offered us another main dish on the huse and when we refused offered to let us go without paying for anything. We ere so disappointed we paid for what we had eaten and left to get a takeaway. Terrible experience of Sheesh Mangal. Won't be going back!

WomberlingFree said...

Notablogger. I must say I've eaten at Sheesh Mungal on 4 seperate occasions and the foods been fantastic every time. It does seem to get the odd negative review on here which seem totally at odds to my visits. So you're complaining the starter and main came promptly? Isn't that the idea?

Notablogger said...

No, WomberlingFree, if you read my comment again you'll see that I complained that the service was rushed. If wanted fast food I would have stopped off at KFC and saved the extra walk up the hill. The whole point of going to a restaurant in the evening is to have a relaxed meal and take time to enjoy the ambience, conversation and experience. Very slow service is annoying, but so too is very rushed service. That said, the food was so terrible that perhaps it's a good thing that they didn't keep us hanging around too long!

Susan said...

MIDAS TOUCH - Further to previous comments about this restaurant, the management have obviously taken on comments about being un child friendly and has swung so far the other way it's ridiculous. My husband and I went in there for the final time last week. There is plenty of room on the premises to either have an adults only area or a children's area but the management allow children to run freely around the bar unsupervised. Last Friday we sat on the raised area away from two or three groups with children who were sat in the general bar area. There were other families in our area with well behaved children and it being a Bank Holiday what else would you expect. What I did not expect was for the owner / manager to continue to serve a very drunk man who had his two children with him and was totally oblivious to the fact that these children were running riot in our seating area. Having complained to the owner / manager I would expect him to either ask this man to control his children or stop serving him as he was drunk, he did neither. The atmosphere was intolerable and we left. I have no problem with well behaved children but I do wish some enterprising pub / restaurant manager would think for once of those of who who are child free and wish to have a peaceful lunch. I shall be complaining to the licensing authority about The Midas Touch policy with regards to serving drunks in charge of children. Irresponsible and illegal.

The Archers said...

We regularly visit Desperados mexican restaurant and love it! Food, service and ambiance are all great, especially the half price cocktails on Tuesday and great value meal deal all week that comes with a free sombrero :-)

julie said...

try meghna, the restaurant up the hill near to sainsbury's.. their food is just just bliss.. u might end up licking ur fingers,, hehe.. give it a go...

julie said...

@boris- try meghna, the restaurant up the hill near to sainsbury's.. their food is just just bliss.. u might end up licking ur fingers,, hehe.. give it a go..

Dan said...

We're put off spending our hard earned pennies at Classic Wok due to that lady on front of house (baseball cap, permanent scowl). She is consistently and spectacularly rude. It's rather unfortunate.

Dan said...

What was the outcome of your complaint to the authorities? We popped in on two separate Saturdays in the last month and on both occasions, we were surrounded by children. There was no escape - families camped out at both ends of the bar. It was in the middle of the afternoon and we were trying to escape screaming kids!

Jay said...

We have had same problem my partner ended up throwing the food over the rude abusive male member of staff

NotAnotherOne said...

I'm a little concerned that KFC (a 4 star restaurant) has a really bad review on here and yet Ryan Gate (a 0 star restaurant) has a gleaming review might be a bit misleading. Clearly the FSA rated these restaurants for a reason and this is why I prefer to check the FSA before visiting an establishment to ensure the food myself and my family will be eating will be of a high standard. I appreciate these are your personal views of the restaurants, but I would not be happy taking my family somewhere like this.

WomberlingFree said...

NotAnotherOne. The 0 star rating at Ryan Gate is a little worrying, but I have eaten about 10 falafel wraps there and a couple of lamb 1's (when the falafel had run out!). The wraps are exquisite, so so good, but I can understand your reason not to take your family there.
Obviously KFC is a chain so probably are are a lot stricter on hygiene and cleaning every night. Hopefully Ryan Gate improve!

WomberlingFree said...

Also... anyone noticed this? Why are there 2 completely different looking takeaway shops within a 5 minute walk of each other in WP called 'Born Sushi'? 1 is in the road leading up to the library, and 1's newer opposite Sainsburys almost.

Hayley said...

The food there is discusting. Try Nefis - Best Kebab place. I know lots of people who come to WP just to go there!

sue said...

had food posioning from eating at the midas touch not eating there again

WomblerlingFree said...

Anyone had a great Indian takeaway recently? Had a couple from different places since Zahra's closed down but nothing better than average. Cheers

jason said...

try the one near sainsburry- meghna.. they are the best

Guest said...

Yep, I'll second that.

WomberlingFree said...

Actually eaten in Meghna, just didn't realise it was a takeaway too. Cheers

lauren said...

one has closed I think, it will prob be replaced by a charity shop, a hairdresser's, or another food place :)

Michael said...

I have to say that this comment is totally contradictory to my experience in Bellini. The manager in there is always very polite and welcoming to all customers that I have seen him deal with.
I eat there often with wife and friends and have never seen anyone rushed or dealt with in the way you describe. The menu there is outstanding.
We are always made to feel we can stay as long as we want with offers of free after dinner liqueurs and extra coffee. Live music is often on to accompany the meal.

Ian P said...

Sounds like the owner wrote the last review for Belini's!

Guy said...

Who wrote this? He must be a really fussy eater! All the places I like, RUBISH! Disgraceful. That's all.

Guy said...

Some of the places you didn't Evan mention ! COSTA? Check it out its better than kingfisher. You do know it not fresh. Cooked 8, maybe 9, hours ago? KFC, RUBISH. WRONG!!! Papa johns, RUBISH. WRONG!!!!!!!! If this is all you are going to put than, anybody reading this, DON'T! Shut the blog and never read it AGAIN!!!! That's all ( for real this time! )

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