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Sipson Tandoori Restaurant (West Drayton)

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Address: 5-9 Harmondsworth Road / West Drayton / Middlesex UB7 9JJ / England / Tel:01895 435515

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      24.02.2010 16:00
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      Best Curry House in the area

      I have been eating at the Sipson Tandoori in West Drayton for a few years now, and having tried quite a few curry houses in the local area I would say this is head and shoulders above the competition. It is located on Harmondsworth Road opposite West Drayton Community Centre.

      The restaurant is light and airy. They have colour changing lights going around the edge of the ceiling which give it a lovely warm glow - they also amused little man immensely. Although there are quite a few tables in there, the staff make an effort to not seat everyone together so it never feels cramped. When we used to eat there as a couple we were always given a four seat table, and when we went recently with a friend and little man they gave us a six seat table as it was quiet.

      We have become creatures of habit with what we order. We both start with tandoori chicken - which is a huge piece of char grilled chicken on the bone with fried onions that comes out on a sizzling plate served with a salad garnish. The chicken is very tender and practically falls off of the bone. For mains I normally have a Lamb Dupiaza and Hubbie has Madras, and we have pilau rice, Bombay aloo, and a Naan on the side. The curries are generous portions , and we always end up sharing each others. The lamb is always tender, and never fatty, and the curry sauce is not oily. The Bombay aloo is the best I have had anywhere, the potatoes just melt in your mouth!! We used to have a Naan each, but they are so big we have cut that back to one, and that is even enough for little man to have a chunk. We tend to have a keema naan, which comes covered in huge chunks of lamb shish. The garlic Naan here is very good too, with chunks of fresh roasted garlic on top, and we sometimes have this for a change.

      The Service is great - waiters would offer drink refills as soon as the saw a glass was almost empty. We were offered drinks and popadoms within minutes of arriving, and the rest of the order was taken within minutes of us setting our menus down. The starters normally come about 15 minutes after ordering, and mains follow in about another 15 minutes. Sometimes the mains are ready very quickly, but you are given the option of a breather before they bring them. It is not the cheapest restaurant around, so we probably only go every 3 months or so, but every time we do we are warmly greeted by the staff as if we were regulars. A meal for the two of us normally comes to about £45 with drinks and popadoms, and we are normally in there for at least an hour and a half.
      We have been taking our little man with us since he was 8 months old. I was a bit dubious when we first took him as the food is all freshly cooked so it doesn't tend to be a short meal, but I needn't have worried. They have proper Mothercare highchairs, which are much more comfortable than the wooden ones you normally get in restaurants. He is plied with spoons and lollipops to keep him amused, and the staff are happy to heat up bottles and food. The only downside is there are no baby changing facilities at the restaurant, but the staff found me a quiet area to change little man on the one occasion the need has arised!

      I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal in the Sipson Tandoori, and would recommend it to anyone in the area!! The restaurant is only 5 minutes from Heathrow airport, so if you are visiting then check it out - a lot of people when we eat there are on their way to catch a flight later. They also own The Grapes Tandoori in Hayes, which is my second choice of Curry houses in the area.

      The only slight downside to the Sipson Tandoori is it doesn't have its own car park - there are some parking bays outside the restaurant but these do fill quite quickly. We always eat early, but on a Saturday night you may struggle to park

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