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Akash Indian Restaurant (Lancashire)
Member Name: caustin10
Akash Indian Restaurant (Lancashire)
Advantages: Great staff, great food, great experience
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love this restaurant and have been going there with my mum and dad for years and years without ever having cause for complaint. I do enjoy my curries and like to try different restaurants around the country but each time I find myself coming back to the Akash.
There isn't any one reason why the restaurant is so good, it's more of a case of them paying attention to the small things and doing everything well. In all the years we have been going to the Akash the staff have always been excellent and are consistently friendlier and better than those of their rival restaurants in the rest of Darwen's "curry mile".
Each of the waiters seems to be given the time to have a chat with the customers at the table but unlike other places I have been to the conversation never seems forced. In recent years I have started going there with my own small child and have found it such a nice change to be somewhere where they are happy to have children and the staff will both speak to them, and make a fuss of them (its also nice that you can order a half sized portion). I really find that I can relax and stop worrying about the odd bit of food dropped on the floor. In too many other places I have felt that while they accept children they don't really like the noise and mess they make and it is hard for parents to relax.
There are two main entrances - one from Blackburn road which enters in the bar area and one from the back near the main seating area. Near to the bar they have a few small tables that they just tend to use on weekdays - the waiter explained that because it is a quieter time they can see all the customers from the bar and serve them with less staff. This really does work well and waiting times are kept to a minimum.
Round the back the main seating area accommodates tables up to around 20 people. Even when they have a couple of large parties like this the other tables never struggle to find a waiter and the wait for food does not seem to be any longer.
Over the years they have improved the décor - it's still not exactly 5 star hotel standard but it is pleasant and inoffensive
Ten out of ten from me for the food. The only times I haven't enjoyed a meal have been because I chose something I didn't like rather than it being prepared badly. Most people will start off with the popadoms and you will not be disappointed. Other places have chutney, lime pickle and one or two other sauces. Here you have 6 to choose from.
We don't tend to bother with the starters as the mains are so filling but on the odd occasion that we try one they have been well cooked and presented. The next courses are rattled out quickly but the waiter will always check if you are ready or want to wait a few minutes. The result is that you never feel rushed.
The main courses are the real reason you will go there and the main reason you will keep coming back. There is a wide choice in the menu, portion sizes are generous and the staff are knowledgeable enough to suggest something to your liking. It is nice to be able to keep everyone happy - our four year happy with a mild dish while others can go for something much spicier
Post meal service
I have not seen this done as well elsewhere. When you are finished they will bring over slices of orange and some hot towels. A nice touch is that when you ask for the bill you are offered a complimentary drink. The bill itself is in the 'as expected' range - typically I guess around £45 for 4 of us with popadoms, mains, rice, breads and drinks. After you have paid comes my dads favourite part of the trip.....vimto lollies on the way out! :-)
Summary: The best curry restaurant I know
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