I get a lot of take away menus popped through my door, most of them go straight into the recycling. However one did catch my eye, it looked colourful and well printed on good paper. A closer look revealed it to be either a restaurant I'd had a special meal in several years ago or a new that has taken it over.
So I gave it a go.
A couple of times.
I was pleased, so was Ms. Charlton Above Average.
The service on the phone has been good, the first time even warning me that I couldn't use the voucher that I hadn't got around to mentioning yet as it was only valid in the week.
Delivery was prompt, well within the stated time window both times.
Presentation was good. Just little things like having a sprinkle of chopped herbs on everything. Also it comes in all plastic pots which are easy to wash out and recycle, I never feel able to recycle the cardboard lids that other places use, they get terribly stained and smelly.
The mint raitha that comes with the papadoms was nice and not some bright artificial looking colour.
The meals themselves looked, smelled and tasted good. They weren't as brightly coloured as I've often seen so I suspect they've held their hands back on the colouring side, which is good. One of the things I tried was the Chicken Jalfrezi which is something I've had in many places and there's was one of the best. Spicey but not overpoweringly so, you could still taste the other herbs and spices. The lamb that they do seems to be good quality cuts, not fatty and gristly.
So all told very good indeed, I think I might have found my new favourite take away. The prices are a little bit above what I used to pay but I feel like I'm getting something better for the price and it's still not what I'd call "high".
Two thumbs up from Charlton.
Tel: 020 8858 7878
http://www.thecoriander.co.uk (doesn't appear to be working yet)
1A-3 Station Crescent