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Restaurant Review

Kohinoor Tandoori

11, Adelaide Road, Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 7NB

01243 778605

Monday 9th July, 2012

The Kohinoor Tandoori has become rather an institution for us, when we visit Chichester Festival Theatre.

We had tickets to see Bernard Shaw's - 'Heartbreak House,' starring Derek Jacobi, Emma Fielding and Ronald Pickup, (which I hope you all remember from the very funny film, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). The play started at 7.30pm, so we needed somewhere quite close and somewhere that opens early enough, so that we can enjoy a leisurely dinner. The Kohinoor Tandoori opens at 5.30pm, which allows for just that.

The restaurant is quite small, probably seating no more than thirty diners, but is neatly laid out with white table linen and matching red napkins, it is also very clean. The cheerful waiters are, without fail, very pleased to see you, however, the service, is rather laid back. This is not a complaint, just an observation, so be sure that you order your drinks and Popadoms promptly. For Pat and Dominique, it is always a bottle of house red, which is an extremely competitive £8.99 a bottle, accompanied by two, 'Plain Popadoms,' with the, 'Chutney Tray.' The waiters, also brought us a delicate little sauce boat of delicious, cool and creamy, 'Mint Raitha.'

Pat and I decided to share a portions of, 'Onion Bhajee.' We were brought a starter plate, which contained two large flat onion patties complete with small side salad and lemon wedge, along with another starter plate, with small side salad and lemon wedge! How lovely that the kitchen staff want us to enjoy our Bhajee starter - albeit one each - and not have to eat off our side plates - very thoughtful.

    

Sizzling, 'Chicken Tikka!' with 'Tarka Dal,' and, 'Meat Phal.'

    

Pat helps himself to a good portion of, 'Meat Phal.' A close-up of the, 'Plain Paratha.'

Pat, as usual, when dining at The Kohinoor Tandoori, ordered a, 'Meat Phal,' which the chefs do, very competently. It is very chilli hot without being harsh. This is achieved by the use of fresh chillies, and not chilli powder. Pat also ordered a, 'Tarka Dal,' of course! a, 'Plain Paratha' which was lightly fried and flakey, and a portion of, 'Dahi - plain yoghurt.' I decided to order a dish that I haven't had for a very long time - a sizzling hot plate of, 'Chicken Tikka,' served on a bed of fried onions, with a crispy green salad - all good, especially with my personal sauce boat of, 'Mint Raitha!'

Our waiter that evening was Rajan, (you can see him standing behind the bar), was not suppossed to be working that night, or infact, working at the Kohinoor. His place of employment is its sister restaurant, the Magna Tandoori in Bognor Regis. Rajan told us that he likes to work in Bognor but live in Chichester and that the Magna was a very busy restaurant, especially since Butlins had opened their new hotel, with many holiday makers hunting them out.

Our meal for the evening, came to £32.74, which we considered excellent value for money, since it included a bottle of wine. So, why not hunt out, The Kohinoor Tandoori before you go to the theatre. Bon apétit!

 

Kohinoor Tandoori

11, Adelaide Road, Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 7NB

01243 778605

Hours: 12 to 2.30 and 5.30 to 12, including Bank Holidays

Home Delivery: minimum order £12.

Takeaway: 10% discount.

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