CLOSED NOV 2010
Chapel St. Salford
So we had a go at the buffet and it was OK, just about worth the £5 but not amazing. The whole thing just seemed a bit limp - like we were the first people to have it and it had been sitting in the 'warmers' for too long. However, these didn't keep the dishes very warm. The poppadoms weren't crisp, but chewy. The curries were OK - just not hot enough at almost room temperature. There were the remnants of a chickpea dish, plenty of a lamb curry and some chicken curry. A few samosas and 'meat rolls' (kind of indian spiced spring roll) were available, along with some pretty soggy packet naan. There was plenty of pilau rice, and it was pretty good. A few of the warmers were unused or full of water. In all fairness a large plate of the rice and lamb curry would have been worth a fiver, so it's difficult to grumble.
So it was OK and we were starving. But it was the sort of thing which just looked like it didn't want to be sold - or a 'management idea' that the staff don't like. After two of us had finished eating there wouldn't have been enough for a third person - well not of the more appetising stuff, and we were probably the first customers. It's hard to say whether it's on an upward or downward trajectory - lets hope it'll improve because it's a good deal and the food's not bad - it just feels like it was at its peak sometime before you arrived.
There's a sign up advertising 'All You Can Eat' buffet for £4.99, unfortuanately it was closed at the time so we don't know what's available.
Halal Bites is an Asian run café in the old Copperheads Hotel building (near Salford Central Station). It’s very modern in appearance and approach. The menu is pretty varied and steers it a bit too far away from the format for us to qualify this places as a curry café. The menu features baked potatoes, paninis, baguettes, burgers, pasta dishes, milkshakes and numerous other things that would never be seen in somewhere like Yadgar. There’s no ‘rice&3’ type element at all, just a choice of curry (5 options) and rice for £3.95. This is pretty reasonable. Lamb Karahi was good – slightly sweet and of a consistency not unlike more oriental offerings, however there was plenty of lamb and the taste was pleasant if not all that authentic. The rice was very nice, being subtlety flavoured and well cooked. An additional side salad was a welcome little extra. There wasn’t tons of food – though enough and we didn’t pay that much. Unfortunately bulking the meal out in the usual fashion – ie by adding a roti was not an option in Halal Bites, another sign that it was not curry café. This place is OK – it’s worth a go if you’re in the vicinity but in all honesty This & That 2 being so close would make it difficult for us to find much point in coming here often.