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Review of Sagor Tandoori

Sagor Tandoori
Ranked #23 of 49 Restaurants in Launceston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Have eaten here on many occasions, this was the first time for a while though. Food was pretty good, very tasty and good portions. The king prawn pasanda is usually good and it was no different tonight. Staff very friendly but service was a bit on the slow side but this meant that we had a good length of time between courses. Also a very good rioja on offer at a very reasonable price.

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Reviewed 15 January 2017

As you will probably know from previous reviews, this is one of only two Indian restaurants in the town, and both are virtually next door to each other. To some extent this makes it easier for the first time visitor to make a decision.

The Sagor was the first Indian restaurant in Launceston being established some 20 years ago, during which time it has remained under the same management (or so I was told). The Spice Room a couple of doors away is a relatively recent addition and apparently been under various ownership during that time. Both offer the fairly standard high street Indian restaurant dishes, with each having a few different names amongst their ‘specials’, with The Spice Room looking to have a few more innovative offerings. It was a damp Saturday evening in January when we peered in both. The Spice Room on the corner looked the biggest (one large room) but at 8pm had only two tables taken so looked a little lacking in atmosphere. The Sagor appeared better patronised and a cosier atmosphere. We had also asked two locals which they considered best, and both had advised the Sagor, so our decision was made.

Inside was comfortable with an attractive décor, with one side divided into booths separated by glass partitions etched with Indian scenes. It had eight tables taken as against two at the opposition so we were pleased with our choice.

Overall the food was good, although nothing really above the food served by hundreds of other high street Indian restaurants up and down the country. The Onion Bhaji starters were very good, being small, crisp and tasty, while all our other dishes - Methi Lamb and Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi for mains with Vegetable Bhaji and Tarka Dall as sides – were also good but nothing to raise them above similar dishes elsewhere. Peshwari Nan and Rice were the standard stuff.

The service was good and friendly, the food nicely presented and plates hot, and the portions generous. Prices are probably about average.

Although we enjoyed our meal, I often find myself less enthusiastic about Indian restaurants than many reviewers when it comes to giving a rating. Without wishing to sound pretentious, this is probably because of a comprehensive background in Indian food, having worked in India and spent a considerable time travelling extensively throughout India and Pakistan, and later acting as one of the principal restaurant reporters for the Curry Club and Good Curry Guide for many years - sometimes visiting three different Indian restaurants a week. I also acted as a Regional Judge in the heats of the National Curry Chef competition for three years, all of which provides a wider experience of Indian food and restaurants than most and thus different benchmarks. Therefore where an Indian restaurant is good and enjoyable but I can’t honestly say that the food overall is sufficiently different or above that provided in many hundreds of other high street curryhouses up and down the country to merit 'Very Good' I usually opt for the ‘Average’ rating as unfortunately Trip Advisor does not provide a rating for good. I have therefore rated it thus on this occasion on the basis that average means ‘typical’ rather than implying anything detrimental or sub-standard.

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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Every time we have used the sagor we have enjoyed it every time take away or eat in, staff are friendly and the food is good quality, even get a discount if it's a takeaway

Thank GrahamSussex
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Went here for a meal on a busy Friday evening in August: the restaurant was slow hence the food being quite slow and a bit of a wait: the service was pleasant and friendly. Some dishes were a little bland. The biriyani lacked a bit of flavour. The sag paneer was very tasty and all cooked fresh. Worth another visit.

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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Came here with 2 kids aged 10 and 8. All 4 enjoyed our food which was chosen from a varied menu with a few new dishes (even to an experienced curry family like us!)

Service was great, very attentive, and the restaurant was really clean. Well worth a visit

Thank Paul H
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