Overall, an excellent and authentic experience. despite initial concerns since the place was empty when we arrived, we sidled into the well appointed interior and were greeted cordially. Its a fairly grand looking place, and the service and food (except for the old 'ask for meat samosas, and get served veggy ones' chestnut) were consistent with the promise. I must admit that the enthusiastic spicing was a very pleasant surprise - when this place says 'madras', they mean it. later the place filled up and there was a nice relaxed buzz. I'd go again for sure.
I haven't been too Kiplings for donkeys years. Whilst in the neighbourhood we decided to give it a visit, due to the long wait at a close by restaurant I did want to go to. Kiplings were able to seat us quickly - perhaps a sign of what was to come.
I can't tell if it's my food tastes or the cookery that have altered over the years. Despite really loving this place back then, I did not enjoy my dinner here at all in the slightest. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't tastyl. The food was too oily, bland, and lacked any omph.
My salmon starter had lots of small bones in it, and was oily. The boy disliked the vegetarian dish that the waiter strongly recommended he order over his original choice - again it was needlessly oily. Dad didn't comment either way on his food.
The ambiance was a bit dead for my liking, but they did play midi versions of popular Hindi songs Woop.
Plus most seriously of all they tricked us with the After Eights. We thought they'd kindly given us an extra one and it was just an empty shell of a packet. The cruelty!
I've come out of Kiplings feeling distinctively unhealthy, and slimier that a Florida oil slick.
The WORST indian meal i have ever eaten (I am Indian) how this place is still going is truly mind boggling.
Nice decor - shame about the food - best to avoid!
This should be zero stars but you cant do that on Qype.
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