Reviews of Indian Pearl Restaurant
7/101 Main North Road, Papanui, Canterbury
Indian Pearl Restaurant
I am usually hesitant to trying new restaurants especially when it's not yet fully established with any word-of-mouth recommendations and has no reviews posted (up until now!). But I decided to take my wife there for dinner, who is also an Indian food lover. The moment we walked in we were greeted by who I suspect was the restaurant manager, who was courteous, warm and welcoming. We were seated by the window as per my request when I made the booking. My initial thoughts was that the restaurant was a little small, however, the place very quickly grew on us after taking in the warm and cosy surroundings. The authentic artwork and use of colour on the walls and Indian music gently playing in the background added to the atmosphere. We especially love the very cool designer-made tables, and were very pleased with the personalised level of service that typically only comes with dining in a smaller restaurant. We ordered a Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Malasa, with Garlic Nans, and were quite impressed when they arrived to the table within 10 or so minutes of the order being taken. The food was glorious, very tasty and good quality. From the very first bite, me and my wife looked at each other and nodded in agreement by the superb taste of the food. The Garlic Nans were also very fresh and tasty, with a perfect amount of fresh garlic and butter rubbed over the bread, and worked well with the meal. After a few minutes, the manager walked over and asked us if we were enjoying our meals and we told him it was excellent. I like restaurants that do that because they care about customer satisfaction and it presents an opportunity for the customer to raise an issue (if need be), however, of course we didn't need to do that as we were delighted with the food and service. My wife and I are definitely going back again! The food was fantastic, the service exceptional, and although we did enjoy the atmosphere the only thing was that I was conscious of my conversation with my wife being so easily overheard by the couple sitting reasonably close to us at the next table. I guess this is one of the downsides of dining in a smaller establishment. However, it didn't matter too much as we didn't go there expecting a table in complete privacy. They also have a website to view the menu and to make online bookings, and they also offer a 20% discount on takeaways.
10th September 2012