Tuesday, 29 September 2009


Eastern Eye

120 Queen St

Newton Abbot, TQ12 2EU, United Kingdom

+44 1626 331155

I'd been to this curry house a couple of times a few years ago and when going back this time found it to have become three times the size it was. This expansion represents how popular this restaurant has become. If you're going on a Saturday, expect it to be very busy and it's essential to book a table.


The Decor feels quite up-market, with large, heavy leather chairs, placed around nicely laid tables, with heavy white table cloths and napkins.


Service was prompt and we had poppadoms and beers to start with – cobra and kingfisher on tap. I ordered the chicken Bhuna, Pilau rice, onion Bhajis and a peshwari naan.


As the starter plates were collected my dad commented on how little mess he'd made in comparison with the rest of us – to which our waiter responded "the more mess you make, the more we think you're enjoying your meal". The waiter was very friendly and attentive and you could have a joke with him.

There were six of us and the food came in good time and all together. Each dish had it's on bowl with a nightlight in it, which is always a nice touch. Good weight (hot) plates and cutlery add a quality feel. We were also presented with a free dish of chicken tandoori to share.

The food is really excellent – medium hotness and perfectly cooked chicken. Everyone in my party was satsfied – with the exception of Kate, saying that she preferred the dish at the Chandi curry house in Berlin.

I couldn't possibly manage a desert as I was so full. We were then presented with hot towels and slices of orange to cleanse the palette. We were then given a round of complimentary shots of Sambucca (with a coffee bean floating in it) and Baileys. The waiter did a neat trick and blew out the flames with a click of the thumb. They came back several times offering more shots for free.

If that gets you warmed up for a night out, I recommend the Jolly Farmer pub in the centre of town – they've got a good selection of ales, table football and an outside area with picnic benches.

This is truly a great curry house, with many awards under their belt, that I like to return to everyone time I'm i the area.

4.2/5 (had to drop it a bit because Kate wasn't wholly satisfied with her Chicken Dupiaza)

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