70, John William Street
22nd April 2010, 7.00pm
||Ella & Stephen of Halifax
The ‘Chilli Lounge’ is located in the town
centre on John William Street. It is across the road from
the train station and there is plenty of free car parking
after 6pm on the nearby streets.
We dined on a Thursday evening and arrived at around 7pm. We
arrived and were pleasantly surprised at the modern and
relaxed surroundings. Inside the entrance was a spacious
waiting area with plenty of comfortable seating. We weren’t
greeted as we went in which was a bit of a disappointment so
we walked up to the bar and were met there by a waiter and
shown to our table.
We were seated in the main restaurant which I would describe
as large, light and airy with a high glass ceiling and a
very pretty glass chandelier. There was quiet background
music playing which added to the nice atmosphere. We were
seated in a quiet corner on a small table for two. The table
was adequately sized and chairs comfortable. The tablecloth
was linen and napkins paper. On arrival the top table cloth
was slightly stained from a previous diner which I would
have expected to have been changed.
On this particular evening there was a ‘Mega Buffet’ being
served which according to the menu is served on a Thursday
and a Sunday evening for £8.95 per person. We opted to
choose from the main menu. We started with some poppadoms
and a pickle tray which arrived almost immediately and were
lovely and crispy with 5 different and varied pickles to
taste in the pickle tray. We then decided to try a ‘Chilli
Lounge Special Starter’ which was a mixed starter for 2 to
share. This arrived quite quickly and consisted of; 2 seek
kebabs, 2 aloo chops, 4 pieces of chicken tikka and 2 lamb
chops all served on a sizzle tray with a mountain of fried
onions. The starter was a great way to get a taste of a few
different starters and all were amazing. The seek kebabs
were spiced to perfection and the chicken tikka melted in
the mouth. The only complaint I had about the starter was
that it filled me up before the main even arrived!
On ordering the main courses we were firstly overwhelmed by
the sheer choice of different curries on offer! The menu was
packed full of special dishes and also alternative dishes
such as Ostrich and venison. It took us quite a while to
decide which dishes to choose.
I decided to go for the Chicken Tikka Garlic Balti and my
partner tried a lamb tikka jaflongee which was described as
a medium dry delicately spiced curry served on a sizzler.
For side orders we opted for a Mushroom Pilau and a Large
Garlic Nan to share.
Our main courses arrived quite promptly after the starter
plates were cleared and yet again, we were amazed by the
size of the portions. Both curries were huge in size, the
rice plenty for two to share and the large garlic naan was
bigger than a small country!
Both main courses were lovely tasting, the chicken in my
main course was succulent and extremely tasty and the lamb
in my partners curry was cooked to perfection. There was
just the right amount of spice for our liking and left our
tongues tingling. We both asked for extra fresh coriander in
our main courses when ordering and the waiter brought us a
little dish of fresh coriander to add as much as we liked
which was a nice touch.
During our main course a large party of over 40 people
arrived for the buffet. They were seated right next to our
table and were slightly dismayed that we felt ‘cornered in’
with this large table as we were in the corner of the large
room and all other smaller tables of diners were all on the
other side of the restaurant and we were surrounded by this
huge party of people.
Once this party arrived we did feel like we weren’t able to
receive the same level of service as we were receiving
during the start of the meal as we had to wait quite a while
for them to clear our dishes once we had finished and we
were waiting on the bill to arrive for longer than expected.
I visited the ladies after our meal to find that although
small in size they were adequate for the restaurant and were
fitted out in a modern style and were very clean.
The bill for our full meal was £31.25 for the food and £8.80
for 2 drinks each which I considered reasonable for the
quality of food that we received.
I would definitely visit the Chilli Lounge again and I would
love to give the Mega Buffet a try next time as the choice
in dishes on the buffet looked great. Having tried many
different Indian Restaurants in surrounding areas I was
pleasantly surprised and feel the Chilli Lounge deserves a
visit if you’re after a high quality Indian meal at a good
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