With 20 minutes to go before we were due elsewhere in town our mains arrived. Our Shikari Thal (£17.95) featured some delicately-spiced salmon that was slightly overcooked but melt-in-the-mouth lamb, juicy chicken and monstrous king prawns were lovely.
A veggie Subz Thal was similarly varied and a real taste of authentic Indian food – paneer, fruit and veg, naan and onion bhaji – but the pea tikki was clearly burned and shouldn’t have made it to the plate.
The food was – generally – pretty good, displaying an altnerative to the gloopy, greasy stews that curries so often seem to consist of. But the 40-minute wait between starters and mains stuck in the craw. Upon pointing out the wait the staff were apologetic and offered a discount as a welcome gesture.
Two rounds of drinks with starters and mains cost the best part of £60, so this is not an inexpensive meal. There are plenty of suggestions that Mayur can command those prices with an exciting menu and some tasty food. The decor is smart and an updated twist on Indian restaurants but the service was a bit of a shocker on this occasion.
Every restaurant has an off night, so we’re left wondering whether this is one of those things or part of wider issue with serving and waiting staff. Still, we’ll know where to head when we next fancy a lobster curry, if not a flat beer.