A review of Indian Ocean by Sy written on Monday 21st of June 2010
While i was in Histon in the beer garden with a friend we both decided to have lunch in The Indian Ocean across the road.
The place is very small and easy to miss. Stuck between a load of other shops it doesnt look much. Sadly once you get inside your impression doesnt change. The place looks very clean though is incredible sterile looking. White walls, white woodwork and plastic white pillars. The art work is basic and im not even sure its Indian. In its defence i did enjoy the booths which divide up the tables, giving you alot more privacy and space compared to some other Indians. Its a very similar lay out to The Kohinoor down mill road but before they painted or added any decoration what so ever!
The service was fast and polite. Probably because we were the only two in there. We only got a selection of three sauces with our poppadoms but they were the 3 important ones. Mango Chutney, Lime Pickel and Onion slices. They were also fresh and very generous portions. Some places you often feel like its pre packaged and left out for hours. This stuff was delicious.
About 10 mins after our poppadoms were finished we got our meal. My friend ordered a Chicken Vindaloo and i ordered a Chicken Phal. Dispite a Phal not being on the menu they were happy to cook it for me and it didnt take very long to come out either. Sadly my friend took a bite of my Phal before she started her Vindaloo so was unable to give a detailed opinion on the taste of her meal because her taste buds stopped working but she did say it was a good texture and to her personal preference, which is a few potatos and a large amount of chicken.
We both agreed our food was of a good quality. The chicken was juicy and well cooked and both the portions of rice and curry were generous, as were the poppadoms. It is important however to note that though the portions and food were of a good quality the price did come to £25 for both of us. Which on our usual scale (we always order the same food every time we go for a curry) ends up being towards the more expencive end of the price range. However we are only talking by a few pounds.
Since The Indian Ocean is in a village on the outskirts of Cambridge parking was free. This is important as alot of places in town you would have to pay for bus fare or expencive Cambridge parking adding a few pounds onto your bill.
Once we finished our meal out table was cleared immediately. The service was definatly very good. We got our complimentry hot towels which i was quite upset about. They seemed to be pre packaged baby wipes which were stuck in a microwave...hmm!
After we had our free choclate MINT we decided to head off. We lefft feeling like we had a good meal. Some places we dont always feel like we have! I would reccommend this place to someone in the area though i wouldnt say anybody is missing anything if they havent been yet.
If your looking for good food for good value on the outskirts of Cambridge then i would definatly reccommend The Curry Palace in Cottenham or The Slap Up Tandoori in Waterbeach but dont let that put you off for this is definatly of a respectable standard. .
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Map showing Indian Ocean on High Street