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The WXPG Food Review: Passage to India

The WXPG Food Review: Passage to India

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by Edwin Gladstone

THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED DOWN

Passage to India is a typical North Indian Punjab restaurant situated in the port of Duquesa, on warmer evenings it seats up to 30 people outside with lovely views over the marina. On entering you have a spacious restaurant that seats up to 90 with plenty of space between the tables, lighting and decoration all go to make a warm and very comfortable atmosphere.

A large serving hatch also gives a clear view of the very clean and well run kitchen.

STAFF
As we arrived we were greeted by two very attentive waiters, we were shown to our table and immediately a waiter arrived with a plate of delicious papadoms, then the other waiter came to ask if we would like drinks.
All this was done with efficiency and we found our two waiters, Sundeep and Sohel, to be very attentive but not at all intrusive.

MENU
Passage to India offers a wide and varied menu catering for everybody from the hardened curry addict to the less adventurous, also they offer a very good children’s menu. You are offered the choice of mild, medium or hot with every dish you order so you can be as daring as you like.

WINE LIST
On offer is a good selection of red and white wines, mostly Spanish in origin. The house wine is a very pleasant white or red which complements all the dishes.
Feeling rather adventurous, we decided to try the Indian white which is very smooth, almost like a fine white sherry. Its slightly sweet after taste complimented the spices in the Indian food perfectly.


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STARTERS
To start with we were brought the papadoms, with 4 different dips from the very hot vegetable to the more mild yogurt flavoured with mint. Also served with them was a very fine chopped onion, flavoured with lemon and pepper. All very tasty and just enough to get your taste buds ready for what’s to come.

Shammi Kebab lamb meat mixed with Indian spices mint and pepper shaped into small burger shapes and served on a sizzling hot dish with onion the flavours were  superb.
Team score 9/10

Chicken Pakora succulent pieces of chicken Brest meat covered in a light chick pea batter that melts in the mouth perfect choice if you don’t want anything too spicy. A must with this is the yogurt and mint dip.
Team score 8/10

MAIN COURSES
Malayam Chicken  Mild, large pieces of chicken breast meat, served in a creamy mild curry sauce with large chunks of pineapple.
This sweet dish almost melts in the mouth, the pineapple goes perfectly with the chicken and I would defiantly recommend this dish as a change from the usual safe korma.
Team Score 10/10

Chef Special Lamb Balti Medium Succulent pieces of lamb, in an aromatic sauce that gets your mouth tingling with a variety of flavours and with a kick that you can’t quite put your finger on. You can also try this one a bit hotter if you dare.
Team Score 10/10

We also had a side dish of Mator Paneer, which is a medium home made cheese and green peas in a curry sauce, something different to accompany your meal. It’s worth a try.
Team Score 8/10

We accompanied our dishes with mushroom pilau rice, which comes with peas, a real treat if you like mushrooms and a nice change from the usual pilau rice. We also had a plain naan and a peshwari naan the plain was light and soft with just a hint of cardamom the peshwari with its sweet coconut and dry fruits a perfect accompaniment to any Indian dish.
Team Score 10/10 

DESSERTS
Gulab Jamun; Sweet doughnut type balls served hot floating in very sweet liquor a must if you have a sweet tooth
Team Score 8/10

Gajur Halwa grated carrot with dried fruit and rice, served in a sweet cream sauce. A pleasant combination of flavours with a hint of liquorish. A very different type of dessert we did enjoy this one.
Team Score 9/10

SUMMARY
I have eaten Indian food in many restaurants but I have to say that Passage to India rates among one of the best. The culinary skills of Azay Kumar, the chef trained in India, and the well run team of staff headed by Gurmeet Singh the manager would seem to speak for themselves. The food is cooked to order so is very fresh and the atmosphere is relaxed and unhurried.

Passage to India also has a very good take away service. All in all one that I would truly recommend to all.



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Average score: 2.60/5
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Passage to India Duquesa

Always the best curry in Marbella area...and a really good price with very helpful and friendly staff

Rated: 5/5 (29th August 2011)

No, I'm not

Are you being paid off or getting freebies at Passage to India?

Rated: 1/5 (17th July 2010)

Editor's comments: No we are not. Are you another JEALOUS Indian Restaurant?

No, I'm not

Are you being paid off or getting freebies at Passage to India?

Rated: 1/5 (17th July 2010)

Editor's comments: Well if you are not another Indian restaurant what's your problem? Don't you know a good meal when you have one?

OK but upstairs at Taj Mahal is far superior

Fine as it goes but very ordinary. Taj Mahal upstairs is much better -- chef has over 30 years' experience and it shows! Some of the best veggie options around. I have eaten Indian food in every continent in the world and the Taj in Duquesa ranks in the top 10.

Rated: 3/5 (2nd July 2009)

Editor's comments: Are you working for the Taj Majal or is he a friend of yours?

Accpetable not memorable

Food: Decent but nothing special. A little pricey. Staff: Attentive Ambiance: A bit stuffy and formal Verdict: Fine if nothing else is open but there is better Indian fare available in the Port.

Rated: 3/5 (30th April 2009)

Editor's comments: A better Indian Restaurant in the Port of Duquesa? Hmm! where?

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