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Ashoka World Buffet

Indian and Chinese Restaurant

2.3 out of 5 2.3/5 from 2 reviews (add your opinion)

97 Hanover Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1DJ

Phone: 0131 225 1430

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Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: No
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

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4 from ciamara (42%) on May 19th, 2013 (4 years ago)

Ashoka World Buffet, 97 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ, Edinburgh

We visited Ashoka armed with a voucher giving us two lunchtime buffet meals for the price of one. We were initially shown to a seat near the door,but they agreed to move us to one away from the door and the draft when the door opens.

They explained that whilst it states on the place mats that you are only allowed three visits to the buffet and that you are charged if you leave food on your plate, that is not the case.

There was a selection of about half a dozen starters, including vegetable pakora, chicken pakora, spring rolls, bombay potato type things etc.

Mains were chicken korma, lamb madras, and from memory, chicken jalfrezi?

There were two types of rice, nan bread, and various vegetable dishes, including a lovely chick pea dish, as well as chilli dipping sauce, raita, and various vegetable dishes, including spiced onions, tomato etc.

There was also pizza and a hong kong chicken, chinese dish.

There was chocolate gateaux, fruit and other goodies for pudding.

We tried all the starters, which were tasty. For mains, we stuck to the lamb madras and chicken jalfrezi curry dishes which were all tasty, as well as sampling the various side dishes. Korma is too creamy for our taste. For us, Ashoka should stick to curries rather than trying to cater for too many tastes. There were only three choices of chicken or lamb curries, more would be better in catering for peoples varied taste and enhancing the experience. There may be more choice at night time?

We probably over eat, and certainly had no room for any pudding.

It is impossible to have a buffet that is as good as a just cooked restaurant dish, but they did come close.

Unbelievable value with a voucher; very good value even without one. Staff were friendly,cleared plates away quickly,checked the buffet was fully stocked, and the restaurant is very clean. We would recommend giving it a try.

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1 from Ed (12%) on March 26th, 2014 (3 years ago)

Ashoka World Buffet, 97 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ, Edinburgh

I've waited 12 days before writing this review, and I'm still angry about it. The worst ever Indian meal I have ever tasted! I have been eating and cooking curries for years and grind my own spices. I have travelled in India quite a few times so I know what I am talking about. I am a keen curry fanatic and use lots of curry houses. I bought a Groupon voucher for this meal to share with two other people. The 3rd person had the buffet. We added 2 poppadoms with pickle to our order for 2, we were charged £0.95 per poppadom, £1 for Mango chutney, £1.25 for mixed pickle, £1 for spiced onions. We expected the usual mixture of onions/cucumber/tomato but this spiced onions was disgusting. Like all of the curries the spice mix was totally wrong for all three of us, probably too much garam masala. I don't know who cooked the food but they certainly don't know how to use spices. The food had too much salt for all three of us. The Pilau Rice?, what Pilau Rice? Pilau rice is Basmati Rice cooked with Saffron. The Pilau rice they served was yellow and did not taste right. It was no doubt Turmeric Rice which is a cheap trick. I did not complain because I believe that if you do the cooks might well interfere with the food. Additionally I found the Restaurant Manager who served us to be a little brusque.

Please do not eat at this place (there is already enough suffering in the world).

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