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 La Hind, Milton Keynes
 Monday, 15 April 2002
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La Hind has taken over the premises by the railway station previously occupied by the Jaipur. The only change seemed to be the sign outside. The menu informed us that the chef remained from the Jaipur but there was evidence, both physical and anecdotal, that some of the staff from the Sultan in Newport Pagnell had joined the payroll. Also, the menu seemed to be exactly the same as when we visited the Sultan - just a little pricier. Anyway, as we had some vouchers from the Sun's very generous 2-for-1 curry promotion, we thought we'd give it a try. Inexplicably, we were seated next to the only other people in the restaurant.

As usual, we ordered two lots of onion bhajis - 2 large crisp balls, perhaps too crisp as they were rather crumbly and a little too dry. We've found this to be a common problem with over sized globes. Their flavour wasn't too bad and a spicy splatter helped. The sheek kebabs would have been better served on a sizzler with fried onions, but they were tasty and spicy nonetheless. The chef was obviously not very busy, as the salad vegetables had been carved into fancy shapes.

The Balti Chicken Dopiaza had a tasty sauce with thick onion chunks and tender chicken pieces, however the dish was far too hot which spoilt what should have been a pleasant dish. Plenty of chicken pieces in the Chicken Dhansak but not of particularly good quality - some being quite dry. Lentils could have been cooked a fraction longer and coriander seeds could have done with being ground. Its sauce was not overly spicy but nevertheless tasty. Dish of the night was the Balti Korai Chicken, an excellent sauce with loads of chicken. The nans were above average, the plain ones being slightly over crispy whilst the garlic variety were lovely and soft with the garlic chopped and sprinkled on top.

La Hind was deserted when we visited and rumour has it, it usually is. We presume that most people don't know it's there and go to the new Jaipur instead. However, they are missing a treat! Other people we've spoken to agree - La Hind is streets ahead in terms of both food quality and service and ever-so-slightly less expensive (except, perhaps, the beers). A service charge was already added to the bill so it was a bit of a liberty to assume that we wouldn't want our change. They seemed a bit miffed when we asked for it. Having said that, we had an enjoyable evening and will certainly make a return visit.

The Scores

Food4
Service4
Ambience3.5
Value4.5

Which gives an overall rating of 4 bhajis.

DishRatingBy
Chicken Korai Balti4.5IanD
Balti Chicken Dhansak3.5PhilS
Balti Chicken Dopiaza3.5SteveB