Sunday, August 12, 2007

Royal Tunbridge Wells

We moved to Tunbridge Wells a couple of months ago, and it's great to be able to walk to so many good eateries.

Of course there is my favourite Carluccio's which I have been to many times. and never been disappointed by the food or the service. We are now gradually working our way through the various other restaurants in the town. The Raj Pavillion is reviewed in an earlier post, but since then we've been to other local restaurants and cafes, so I thought I give you a quick run down with a brief impression of each.

The blurb says that only fresh ingredients are used and that no artificial colour, preservatives, SG or GM foods aer used. We popped in one evening for a pizza and it was really nice. The service was good, and really friendly.

Relish, 28 Camden Road
We popped in here one morning for breakfast. The restaurant itself has a sort of rustic feel to it with its wooden tables and floor. There is a small delicattesen sectio where you can buy various cheeses, vegetables and salads. The brekky menu was pretty good, and when the food arrived it was well cooked and there was plenty of it. On a subsequent visit however, the place seems to have headed downhill rapidly. The service was very slow and things were forgotten. They were advertising for a new chef. Hopefully they'll get things sorted out sharpish, as this could be a really good place if run properly.

Masala, 51 The Pantiles
The outside of the restarant looks quite imposing (despite the current scaffolding) and the Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells is a lovely area. However, unfortunately the food wasn't that exciting and certainly not up to the standard of the Raj Pavillion.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 41 Mount Pleasant Road
There are a few veggie options on the menu, which is nice to see and I chose the Summer Veggie Stack. What arrived was a teetering tower of roast vegetables that was impossible to eat "burger style" and had to be separated and eaten with a knife and fork. However, although it basically ended up as a plate of roasted veg, it tasted okay.

Wagamama, 54-58 Mount Pleasant Road
If you've been to a Wagamama, you'll know what to expect. If not, then it's definitely worth a visit. The food is cooked fresh and arrives at your table when it's ready. This means that people in your party get served at different times, side dishes arrive before mains etc. However, once you realise this (and the waiting staff do tell you when you order) it all works just fine. And, most important of all the food tastes great.

We've plenty more restaurants to visit and I'll be posting reviews on here as we try them.

1 comment:

Luses said...

Will defiantly be back for more.
Last weekend me and my husband and his brother and his wife went for a meal out we went the there best liked restaurant in Tunbridge Wells Masala The Indian Restaurant at The Pantiles. We got there and it was extremely busy and we had no reservations. We were told that it would be about 20 minuets that was fine we sat at the lounge and had some drinks from the bar. Then we were taken to our table and I must say this has to be the most space giving Indian restaurant of all very roomy. Reading the menu it was very impressive I had the Haydrabady Chicken Masala I was told an excellent chose by the waiter. Looking around it was still very busy which is a good think and the interior was very smart. Our meal came and my sister in-law always orders the Tandoori King Prawn Masala and she said it always tastes better and better every time at Masala. When me and my sister in-law went to the toilets and left my husband and his bother alone we found the toilets to be back down stars on the same lever of the entrees but on the way down you see lovely pictures of dishes to carom the mood. We got up to leave at about 10:30 and it was still more or less busy we gave our complements to the restaurant manager to give to the Head chef. I asked if there are any more branches and its part of the Nizam Indian and Zamdani. Nizam Indian Restaurant East Grinstead, Uckfield and Haywards Heath. Nizam: East Grinstead 01342 323462. Zamdani The Indian Tandoor Hove, 01273 722216.

I say if you want to go out for and Indian meal in Tunbridge Wells visit Masala The Indian Restaurant much better that Royal Cuisine Tandoori, Bombay Masala and Raj Pavilion.