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To believe I was served the worst curry ever in the history of curries both foreign and domestic?

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Cailinsalach Fri 03-May-13 21:37:12

I went to a "gastro" (hmmm makes me laugh) pub for lunch and ordered a chicken curry. It arrived, no naan, no poppadoms, nothing to add to the general curry experience. The plate held just rice and lumps of chicken in what looked like thick gravy. Nothing in this gravy other than big lumps of chicken. There was a slight aroma of curry the same way a Mills and Boon novel describes the subtle scent of jasmine wafting by on a breeze.

I hid my initial disapointment by sobbing quietly into my napkin. But I nearly choked when I tasted the sauce. It was bisto slightly flavoured with curry and a shed load of sugar. It tasted like brown curry custard. It was fecking horrid.

I couldnt eat it and the waitress asked what was the problem. I told her it was the sugar. She said maybe the chef had put too much in!

Sugar? Is it me?

JesusInTheCabbageVan Sat 04-May-13 09:50:24

DH had one once in a 'proper' Indian restaurant in Caerphilly. Menu described the dish as 'fruity'. Turned out they'd just emptied an entire tin of fruit salad into it.

DrCoconut Sat 04-May-13 09:18:45

I have started making curries. I got the hairy bikers curry book for my birthday. So far, it beats takeaway for taste and cost. Just not as quick!

theodorakisses Sat 04-May-13 09:07:34

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theodorakisses Sat 04-May-13 09:07:07

In fairness I have had some terrible curries in Bangladesh when I lived there, I love English curry, it is not anything like Indian ones, no gristle or bone and comes with a naan. First thing I always do I
When I get back is go for a curry.

Slainte Sat 04-May-13 08:27:53

My DH once ordered a curry which was served with a raspberry sauce (like the ice cream sauce) all over it, seemingly this was the "chef's speciality".DH said it was bizarre and awful.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sat 04-May-13 08:26:30


My worst curry nightmare was dinner at friends and they whipped out..Liver Curry. OMG I'm not a big liver fan and even if I was..curried liver?confused

Anyway I was polite and choked it down with copious amounts of rice and wine.

Being polite gets you nowhere. The next time we saw them they made it again 'Because I know how much you enjoyed it last time..'

corblimeymadam Sat 04-May-13 08:19:57

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Euphemia Sat 04-May-13 07:58:03

OP, please post your beautifully-written review on TripAdvisor! smile

ComposHat Sat 04-May-13 07:53:57

Every pub that sells anything more than pork scratchings and bags of KP seem to be buying a chalk board for a menu and marketing themselves as a Gastro pub.

I've pretty much stopped eating in pubs, it used to be a fairly cheap place to eat about 15-20 years ago as they introduced food as a loss leader in order to get people to sup more. However the prices have gone sky high and it all seems to be a generic menu of microwaved pre-packed crap. If I want something tasteless, processed and riddled with e-numbers, I'll go to Burger King and save a few quid.

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 04-May-13 07:07:12

My local curry house does sprout paneer and it's actually really tasty.

PetiteRaleuse Sat 04-May-13 07:06:18

Trazzle I found a decent one in the suburbs of Paris in the end. Opened just before I left.

SorrelForbes Sat 04-May-13 06:59:54

Sock - bet my DH would have had a try grin

cogitosum Sat 04-May-13 06:58:25

The worst curry I've ever had was actually on brick lane. It was basically chicken in tomato purée.

Not sure why they'd be loads if sugar in a curry!

Trazzletoes Sat 04-May-13 06:56:13

Oh good god Raleuse NEVER eat a curry in. France! I remember the one and only Asian restaurant in Lyons advertising their menu: chicken in curry sauce, lamb in curry sauce, beef in curry sauce...

EugenesAxe Sat 04-May-13 06:38:09

I think you could well have. I had an awful curry once but it was at least cooked from scratch and showed willing; it just tasted of fuck all. We all felt bitchy guilty about the experience (we had all been invited to the house of this co-worker) in the cab home... one of us dubbed it a 'blandoori' and we all fell about.

Thumbtack Sat 04-May-13 06:13:33

Totally agree with ComposHat - If you want a curry, get it from an Indian restaurant. Most Gastro pubs and pub chains will have gotten the curry from a jar and perhaps added sugar and a few peices of chicken and peppers.

Shame you missed out on your meal though sad

HoneyDragon Sat 04-May-13 05:53:04

See. You had your warning.

Gastro Pub means

Welcome. We only have a microwave and a deep fat fryer

PetiteRaleuse Sat 04-May-13 05:51:42

All my worst curries have been in Paris. I know Paris isn't the go to place for curries but in my defense I lived there for several years and tried several restaurants who described themselevs as Indian.

The absolute worst was ironically in the restaurant everyone says is the best, and was a chicken balti, with no chicken, lots of cauliflower and carrots, no taste of tomato and nothing that I could ever idenetify as being a balti. My friend ordered a korma and it came with a glacé cherry on the top like some weird gloopy meat based mishapen cupcake.

FairPhyllis Sat 04-May-13 05:45:57

Sorry OP but I had the worst curry in history in an Irish pub in Boston (eating curry in the US, in an Irish pub - yes I know that was a terrible decision).

ComposHat Sat 04-May-13 02:28:42

I never ever order a Curry frpm anywhere other than a decent Indian restaurant, I always give them a wide berth in pubs etc.

I won't eat a Balti outside the Midlands as they alwats seem to bollocks them up.

PaWithABra Fri 03-May-13 23:55:39

i just had the best curry ever...

I have lived and travelled extensively in india and pakistan and after over 10 years living in brighton I have finally found 'curry' up to the standard one would hope for.

Oh Joy is mine

(chilli pickle / chilli pickle canteen if you want a fix)

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 03-May-13 22:29:31

Thai curry can have a bit of palm sugar, but it would be obvious if it was a Thai curry!

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 03-May-13 22:28:03

Sorrel nobody actually ate it.

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 03-May-13 22:27:22


Are you my daughter?

whatamardarse Fri 03-May-13 22:24:44

honsan that sounds amazing! grin

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