the little corrider used to be prison cells
5 reviews of Arti Restaurant in English
Five of us went on Saturday – it was brilliant. Cannot compliment them enough; we hadn’t booked and the place soon filled up, but we had a lovely table, great service and superb food. We will definitely go again. Was really surprised at the bill too, not at all over the top for the quality of the place or the food – nice to see some different items on the menu too, not your run-of-the-mill curry house.
i have eaten from Arti twice. the first time was a disaster, the 2nd time was great. when we went back to give it another go on the 3rd time the service was so poor we walked out. the restaurant was empty and yet we were left to wait for 20 mins without being offered a drink or shown any customer service. its a real shame as the dosa’s are fantastic and given the newly opened competition over the road i would have thought they would have been all over it!
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I ordered food for takeaway from Arti and was told it would be 30-40 minutes before I could pick it up. When I got there 40 minutes later I was told I would have to wait and the guy didn't even ask my name or what my order was. I had to wait nearly another 10 minutes before I was asked what my name/order was.
I heard good things about Arti from my housemates so was prepared to put the first hiccup aside. I had ordered a Chicken Madras, Pilau Rice and a Garlic Naan. I have had some brilliant Madras's previously, so know exactly how a Madras should be, but this was so far off the mark I am convinced that it was not even a Madras. The rice was okay but the Garlic Naan wasn't great either. So I was really disappointed as it just didn't taste very nice.
Update - after checking my receipt I can see I got a Chicken Maratha, I specifically asked twice for a Chicken Madras on the phone.
Arti's in the old police station in Chapel A, next door to the library. We went on a weeknight and it was really quiet - just 3 other tables were taken - however we got given a table in the tiny little corridor next to the loos (I think it was next to the loos anyway - what struck me most was just how weeny it was). There aren't any windows in that bit, you know, and it's not entirely condusive to a pleasant dining experience. Another couple arrived after our starters had arrived and were seated in the same bit but had the common sense to ask for a different table - we didn't think of that...
The food, though, was superb. It's not a lavish menu in terms of the quantity of dishes, but it's got a straightforward selection of genuinely delicious dishes. No greasy poppadoms and chewy naans here, thanks very much.
Reasonably priced and good service means it's a good choice for a curry in LS7, just make sure you get a good table.
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