“ Address: 32 Devonshire Place / Harrogate / North Yorkshire / HG1 4AD / England „
I'm rather surprised by the lack of good reviews this place has. I've eaten there about half a dozen times in the last two years, with various friends, girlfriend and even my 6 aside football team. Each time everyone has agreed that the food is outstanding, a real good tasty meal, well balanced curries and plenty of choice for those less adventerous souls who prefer a lesser degree of spice. In fact that is my only problem with the place, they rate their dishes on a system of chillies (more symbols the hotter the dish) which is pretty standard stuff, is that I find the dishes a little cool for my liking. We have always found the staff helpful and quick to serve without being overly attentive. Nothing is worse than being in a restuarant and having waiters standing over you whilst you try to have a normal conversation and enjoyable evening. I find the waiters quite funny, for example when I go with my girlfriend they try their best to sell us wine and when the football team go they immediately remove the wine glasses and expect us to all order beer. Its also one of the best Indian takeaways in town, always had good quick service though they don't deliver. Once when they did mess up my order they gave us a large bottle of beer to compensate.
I couldn't agree more with the reviewer who says poor food, poor service etc. not sure where the other reviewrs have eaten. Appalling on all levels sums it up, please do not waste your money, despite it being busy, it really was bad, bad, bad.
I went to Mujib in Harrogate April 2010 and I found it to serve the worst Indian I have tasted. I found the food dreadful. The starter was fine but unfortunately was not a harbinger of things to come. The main course was dire. I ordered a 4-chilli rated meal and that is all the sauce tasted of-chillis, no other flavours at all, nothing as indicated in the menu, just hotness, so it was not tasty at all. I refused to eat it. The rice was not light and fluffy, it was stodgy and sticky. The peshwari which should have contained raisins, honey and sometimes coconut, had no raisins, no coconut and very little honey which was centred and not flavoured all the way to the edges which were dry and tasteless. The taaka daal had a skin on it, so I didnt eat that either. It looked like baby food-yellow brown mush and had no texture to it. It looked disgusting and didnt taste very good. The raita-which is yogurt and cucumber-was ill prepared. How can you get this wrong? The yogurt was lumpy and looked like it had just been poured straight out of a tub on top of the cucumber where no attempt had been made to mix it in. It looked disgusting and demonstrates a lack of care. One of the waiters was attentive and did engage in some banter with us but the others who served us made no attempt at conversation. I refused to pay for most of my meal. None of the waiters came and asked how our meal was which again demonstrated a lack of care, attention to detail and the concern of it's customers. And to cap it all off as I was paying the bill the staff at the bar spoke to another member of staff about us in his own language in front of their customers which I think is rude and unprofessional. It was not an enjoyable experience. It was not an enjoyable meal and did not meet the expectations of Indian cookery and service I have experienced in Nottingham, Mansfield, and Birmingham. It was very disappointing given the reviews I have heard about it and quite frankly, as a customer, has let me down. I will not be going back.
As a curry lover I can definately say that the Mujib is a top restaurant for quality cuisine. Everything about it is a cut above the rest. They have an extensive menu of dishes, each with its own flavours which distinguish it from the next. And each dish is delicious - they don't have that greasy, sloppy character that you would take as granted from most curryhouses, they are rich and deep in flavour with thick smooth sauces (I'm making myself hungry thinking of it!) I would personally recommend Joy Bangla as it is medium hot and so powerful in flavour! You can also tell that they use good quality meat as the chicken and lamb that I have tried from there is succulent as fresh. However, for the vegetarian they have quite a good selection of dishes too.
They cater as both a restaurant and takeaway curryhouse, with their own parking at their location by the Stray, however they don't do deliveries which we always find a bit annoying when we want a Saturday night in with wine and have to go pick up the curry! But it is worth it for the quality of their food. A great curryhouse
The Mujib indian restaurant in Harrogate is one of my all time favouite curry houses. I'm perhaps doing it an injustice by referring to it as a 'curry house' as it is far grander than the back street/no cutlery/gee ridden curry houses that I have freqented in the past (not that I mind them!).
Situated in what used to be a grand victorian hotel, the Mujib is just on the edge of the Stray (the 4 miles of greenery that surround Harrogate town centre) and is within walking distance for those who don't mind a stroll otherwise I would say approx a £3 taxi journey from the town centre.
There is a certain class to the place which inevitably means it's slightly pricier than most curry houses but nevertheless still considerably cheaper than some of the bistros you would go to in Harrogate and the food is far better! Even the serving dishes are modern and functional.
The menu is extensive but well priced, the portions are spot on and the waitiing staff are superb. I have been there many times and they know exactly when to converse with you (when you're out with friends) and when to just serve with a smile (when out with business clients).
The strange thing about the place is that there are so many different off shoots leading to other seating areas that it can make the place seem like it's not busy.
The curries are superb however I would avoid the 'Atkins Diet' page on the menu, I tried one of the dishes and it was just a mountain of cheese covered mince!