-By Karen Anand
Curve, an open-air restaurant at ABC Farms, is done up innovatively with coir ropes wrapped around huge trees and lamps hanging from within the folds. The North Indian and Italian food on offer are okay for most part. The pizzas are well made; check out the Plain Cheese Pizza. If you want extra topping, choose from sweet corn, mushroom, paneer, onion, sun-dried tomato, capsicum, etc. The Three Pasta Salad, Cheese-Stuffed Chillies, and Potato 'n' Onion Tortillas are other dishes you can check out. The Chicken Dum Biryani is popular with the regulars. Curve has an excellent range of cocktails like Absolute Current, Absolute Citra and Valentine.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
1. Arrival stage: I had gone to Curves with wife and kids (8 and 4 yrs) to celebrate my wife?s birthday with a dinner. Start was good as we arrived at a peak time on a Sat night and yet they managed to find a table for us right away. However we realized t
Review posted more than a year ago
I had gone to Curves with wife and kids (8 and 4 yrs) to celebrate my wife's birthday with a dinner. Start was good as we arrived at a peak time on a Sat night and yet they managed to find a table for us right away. However we realized that it was probably coz the overhead hanging light (like on all other tables) was not working. The manager said he will arrange for candles. We decided to accept it, however the guests on next table started to smoke like anything, and being allergic to smoke and being with small kids, decided to either change tables, or leave the place. They then showed us a table available on the rooftop. The rather long stairs to rooftop were risky to climb, but the ambience then seemed just about ok (more on it later), and we took the offer for the rooftop table.
Now started the long wait for getting the menu card which should have been provided while getting seated itself. Anyhow the menu did have a lot of choices for both food and drinks as also mentioned in the editorial review. But by this time, kids were tired and have started to feel sleepy, so we quickly ordered 2 main dishes (paneer and mixed veg), 1 raita, and naans from North Indian menu; and a plain cheese pizza for the kids from the Italian menu. We kept ordering at minimum dishes to speed up order. Order arrived with the pizza first as requested. We did not order any drinks, and they did not even ask us if we wanted to order any as any decent restaurant would have probably asked!
3. Food quality:
The pizza was not very hot, and in my opinion not worth it if I had to get it for myself (though kids tend to have a different yardstick for whom we have ordered it). The paneer dish was decent enough, and the mixed veg could be considered decent enough. The raita was average and could have been better, and the butter naan was average+. The total quantity was decent and in my opinion enough for two people with average appetite, though more of paneer could have been welcome.
The ambience, as the editor's review also indicated, is generally quite dark with loud music on the ground floor only. No music was on rooftop, though some nice soft music in low volume would have been welcome addition. The tables on the edges had a nice setty on one side and two chairs on the other side of the table. At this stage I should say that it appeared that these side tables were apparently set keeping couples in mind, as the chairs on the other side were practically at the table level and our kids sat there, though would have been quite uncomfortable for adults to sit there and eat. Also we could see many couples on other tables getting cozy on the setty with no one occupying the chairs on the other sides. There was no overhead lights, and just one lantern style candle on the table. I think this was on purpose to make it more comfortable for the couples that we saw occupying the other side tables. I guess couples dining alone would enjoy this ambience more as it gives them a chance to get cozier with each other ;-). However the otherwise ok ambience for me (considering I went there as a family with kids) was marred quite a bit by the uninvited mosquitoes though I did see a mosquito coil at work in one corner; guess that was not enough to deter them all. In between, a group seated on a center table decided to light up big time. We thought not again, but the direction of the wind moved the smoke away from us; boy were we relieved at this!
Service quality was the lowest point of our whole experience. As I mentioned, the menu was provided quite late. The order was taken in ok time, delivery of pizza was in ok time, but rest of order was quite slow. When the server bought the dishes, he did not provide any serving spoons, and did not offer to serve us as is done in all other restaurants. We were ok with them not serving, though we did thought it was a little odd considering that all the formal sit down restaurants do that. Coming back, instead of deciding to ask for serving spoons, we just took one of the spoons provided with the plates. A few minutes later, however the server decided to bring us the serving spoons without our asking. Also they missed out on providing us the ordered Raita which they provided after we reminded them having waited for it for about 5 mines. While we were eating, they did not bother to check with us even once if we needed anything additional. Finally when we wanted to order an additional naan, it took some effort to draw the attention of a server, and after that it took a while before it was delivered. By that time, we had finished with the remaining naan and waiting for that additional one, we almost lost our appetite, and were contemplating canceling that order and leave after paying, when finally that additional naan turned up. By that time, we had lost whatever enthusiasm was still left with us along with any remaining appetite and did not bother ordering any desserts. Also would like to mention that a majority of the servers gave the impression of being lost/not understanding things.
6. Summary/Value for money:
Considering that we ordered very little (you can see it above), and no drinks were ordered, we still ended up getting a bill of 800+. We would not have minded this bill if the level of service provided was commensurate with the price, but considering our dining experience including level of service received, we were naturally not very thrilled at this bill. I did not wanted to add any tip, though my wife added a small amount as she thought it was improper to not tip. My recommendation is that this place is not worth the money they are charging, or in other words its “overpriced quite a bit” while the food itself is generally decent. Though IMO couples visiting alone will probably not mind spending extra on its overpriced items just for that cozy couple friendly atmosphere in case they manage to get one of those side tables on rooftop. Would not recommend this place for non-smokers as the management freely allows smoking on the tables. Also not a recommended place to dine with kids due to all things mentioned above!
(Do note that this review comes from a person who goes out almost every week - in no particular frequency - to fast food joints, semi-formal, and formal setups, and have dined at fine establishments almost all over the world)
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