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curry - almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
if I had to explain, you wouldn't understand

A good curry...

must contain some kind of meat
should be meat-based, but it's not essential
can be either veggie or meat-based
should be entirely veggie/vegan
there is no such thing as a good curry

Would you eat at an entirely vegetarian indian restaurant?

yes, no problem
yes, but I'd rather have a meat option
no, I want some kind of meat on the menu
I don't like indian food

The restaurant does not offer a non-Indian menu - no english dishes, no chips

no problem
I'd rather have the option of english dishes
I'd rather have chips
ZOMG! Get me out of here!
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helflaed From: helflaed Date: January 21st, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC) (linky)
The only reason I voted for English dishes is because the children can be a bit wierd about spicy food at times.
strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: January 21st, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC) (linky)
Am I right in guessing that this is about Hansa's? People who are serious about curry seem to really like it, whether they're veggies or not. But personally, I hate it, because absolutely everything they serve is way too spicy for me. I can manage at a standard Indian restaurant by ordering things like korma or tikka masala, but there's pretty much no escape from extreme spiciness at Hansa's. My heart always sinks when work colleagues suggest going there - which they do quite often, because we have a vegan member of staff, so it means maximum choice for her. :-(
dakegra From: dakegra Date: January 21st, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC) (linky)
Indeed it is. Peer and I at work got to discussing curry, and it transpires that he's never been so we cooked up (sorry) the idea of a curry night out there.

Then it turns out that Rich won't eat non-meat curry, Darren doesn't like curry full stop, etc etc.

So, it's either just me and him, or we go out for just beer instead.

I'm fairly sure they'd make a milder version if you asked? Unless you've already asked, of course!

I'm in the 'like it fairly spicy' brigade - not *too* fiery, but with a decent kick to go with the flavour. Plus, Hansa's gajjar halwa is the finest dessert ever. Indian carrot cake. NOM.

All of which leads me to the question: Coffee? I know we tried (ish) before christmas, but stuff has settled down a bit now!
strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: January 21st, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC) (linky)
Last time I was there, I asked for advice on what the least spicy things on the menu were, and ordered those. But what I got still wasn't very pleasant as I far as I was concerned. I suspect I must have more sensitive taste-buds than most people, as I literally can't understand how people can bear to eat really spicy foods, let alone enjoy them. Even what's billed as a 'sweet chilli sauce' is often too hot for me.

As for coffee - sure! Is next Tuesday any good for you? And would you like to come up to Opposite, or shall we meet in town? I'm intrigued by this Bottega Milanese place you've been mentioning...
dakegra From: dakegra Date: January 21st, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC) (linky)
sweet chili sauce often does have a decent kick to it - I can fully understand why you might not like it!

Tuesday should be fine - got a meeting at 2pm which I need to be back for, but free before that. Happy to come up to you. Bottega is wonderful, but down by the Calls, which is quite a trek for me at lunchtime, and significantly further for you!
strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: January 21st, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC) (linky)
Oh, right - yes, that is quite a way from where I'll be starting. Shall we say 12:30 at Opposite, then, so we're not rushed and you can be sure to get back in plenty of time? And shall I text nalsa as well to let him know?
dakegra From: dakegra Date: January 21st, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC) (linky)
strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: January 21st, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC) (linky)
Excellent - see you (and hopefully nalsa) then. :-)
myfirstkitchen From: myfirstkitchen Date: January 21st, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC) (linky)
Large swathes of India is populated by vegetarians, so of course curry works without meat. I have a problem with people who think any meal is not a meal without meat. Generally the "English" items in any ethnic restaurant are going to be crap. I'm not keen on Hansa's purely because they don't always make everything to order in my experience, so I can't exclude things that set off my IBS or change the heat level. I also don't think it's as good quality-wise as other people big it up to be, given the cost. There are better places to go for the money and certainly better curry houses in Leeds and Bradford.
dakegra From: dakegra Date: January 21st, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC) (linky)
it seems to happen more with curry, in my experience. Then again, it's not often you'll get an entirely veggie chinese restaurant, I suppose.

It's been a few years since I was in Hansa's, but I've always had a good experience there - the food has been hot and tasty, but then again luckily I don't suffer from any kind of food issues or allergies.

I agree there are better curry restaurants, especially in Bradford. The Aagrah is superb - been to the ones in Garforth, Leeds and down the road in Wakefield and invariably had a great meal.

myfirstkitchen From: myfirstkitchen Date: January 21st, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC) (linky)
Aye, I think for a chain the Aagrah is great, and they can cope with pretty much any dietary issue if you ask them. I've been to the Leeds and Sheffield ones.
caitirin From: caitirin Date: January 21st, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC) (linky)
I like the vegetarian options much much better :)
magda_vogelsang From: magda_vogelsang Date: January 21st, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC) (linky)
In general, I prefer meat dishes, but I will go to a vegetarian restaurant if I'm going with a group, and can usually find something to eat.

I have a few commonly used veggies that I dislike intensely (notably onions and bell peppers) which tend to be in a high percentage of vegetarian restaurant dishes, at least at the places (not indian) I've been around here.

Edited at 2011-01-21 05:33 pm (UTC)
san_valentine From: san_valentine Date: January 21st, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC) (linky)
I'm really sensitive to heat-producing spices, like curry, paprika, chilli, ginger, pepper etc, so it's heard to find an Indian dish I can actually eat. I know not all Indian dishes have such things in, but it's so hard to be sure if I can eat something, so I just don't bother. Curry does smell good though - I just know I can't eat it.
miss_t_ide From: miss_t_ide Date: January 21st, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC) (linky)
I learnt to love curry when I lived in Bradford. And to my mind that's stil the best place to go for a curry. I do wonder at curry houses that have cutlery on the table!
elaby From: elaby Date: January 21st, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC) (linky)
When can we go? :D
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dakegra From: dakegra Date: January 24th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC) (linky)
Maybe it's changed since I was last there - it's been a few years since I went. Always had excellent food and service, but I'm getting a bit of Hansa's non-love from people I've talked to recently.

Only been to Shabab once and wasn't that impressed. It was a lunchtime though, and could have been due to that - seem to recall it was a buffet arrangement they had going, which is never as good as the meal you actually order!
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