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“Food was excellent, but lack of staff and atmosphere”
Review of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
Ranked #8 of 13 Restaurants in Bowmore
Cuisines: Indian
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Reviewed January 5, 2018

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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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Other contributors have suggested it might as well just be a take away. Lacking a drinks licence, and - on both our out of season visits - any other customers, that's probably a good idea. Staff friendly, of course, although I'm always looking for the hidden camera, when I request something (fish curry) only to be told they don't serve it because people don't request it!

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Thank Martin G
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Reviewed October 28, 2017

very good selection, found it good value and the portions were good, a typical Indian take away but very good nonetheless, eaten in before, I imagine its very busy during the high season but only ever eaten here in October so could find yourself the only customers that time of year, service is good and they will recommend or alter heat/spice if you ask, they only take cash, and have done for years but cash machine is about 100yards up the road so no issue, very relaxed and easy eats

Thank Deanstick67
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Reviewed September 15, 2017

Good service and excellent food. A hidden pearl on the island you must experience. Well worth a visit.

Thank Sheikhen
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Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

We chose to eat in rather than have a take away which if honest we regretted almost immediately. The food was lovely, and you can bring your wine/beer, but the ambiance was really lacking. We would happily eat from the Taj Mahal again but only as a takeaway.

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