Visited the Taj Mahal recently on a trip to Islay, and have to admit it was a bit of an experience.
When we arrived, we were shown to our table, then left for 20 minutes - No drink orders taken (I understand it's BYOB but thought they might've had soft drinks), no menus, and no offer of poppadoms etc. I should mention we were the only table in the restaurant at this point.
After asking if he could serve us, the gentleman - who was friendly enough, but just seemed stressed out with all the takeaway orders - came over and took our orders for food. We also asked for a couple of jugs of water for the table, and he finally managed to find a couple of jugs on a bottom shelf of the bar which he filled with water after rinsing away the cobwebs.
There was a strange, eerie atmosphere in the place - no music (we were told just to play music from our phone if we liked), a lot of open space, and undressed tables & chairs, desperately in need of some TLC.
It took another 20 minutes before our Poppadoms arrived to the table, and we ended up clearing our own dishes away after waiting a while for them to be cleared. We were fairly hungry by this point, and just wanted our meals. Although, I must admit, I didn't have high hopes!
When the food finally arrived - both the starters and the main course were delicious - I had a mix of chicken & veg pakora, followed by a chicken bhuna, and was very surprised with how good they were.
The place really has the potential to be fantastic - The excellent food is there, the price isn't too bad, it just needs a bit of a makeover and some more staff during busy periods - maybe having a waiter/ waitress dedicated to serving tables, so that the other staff can focus on takeaways (which are clearly more popular).
Would I return? Definitely for a take-away, but not for a sit-in meal until the place has been renovated.
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