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North Street - “Monsoon Restaurant”
Monsoon
45 North Street, Rochford,
Essex, SS4 1AB
01702 545352
Indian Cuisine. Eating in or take away, and a 2 for 1 Starters & Main Course discount card is available on request. Delivery is free.
  
Opening Times:  Lunchtimes: Noon - 2.00pm (Closed Friday)   Evenings: 5.30pm to late
The Experience  

Four of us booked in for 7.00pm on a Friday evening. When we arrived it was quiet but virtually filled up over the next hour or so. The service was warm, friendly and unobtrusive. The restaurant had a quiet relaxed environment and modern English music was being played quietly in the background.

Four papadams with accompanying dips opened the proceedings and after we had casually worked our way through these our main order was then taken. Our main courses arrived with little delay. Each couple decided on two main courses which they would share.

Our friends opted for a chicken Karai (medium) strength and a Dansak (hot, sweet and sour) plus accompaniments. Their testimony was that both main dishes were excellent and exactly the strength they would have expected. My wife, not liking ‘hot’ went for a Chicken Korma (very mild) and so I, to balance that when we shared, went for a Lamb Kashmir (mild) with lychees. She added Mushroom Pilau rice and I added Coconut rice and for fun (and the others queried it) spinach with cheese - all of which could only be described as truly excellent! Taste, variety, quantity - excellent!

Now to my mind (forgive me) Indian restaurants aren’t known for their sweets but I tried the first one on their sweet and again, to my surprise (and my wife’s who ate half of it!) it was really excellent.

With two drinks each (wine, beers and a soft drink cocktail) the total bill for four came to £53 which we considered good value for a good meal. In a review afterwards none of the four of us could fault food or service in any way whatsoever. An excellent meal throughout.

Additional Note: In a recent visit to this restaurant, accompanied on this occasion by a young couple with a three year old and a baby of seven months, we witnessed, what we can only describe as a unique service when the manager took the baby for about ten minutes to relieve the young mother and entertained the baby and kept it happy at the back of the restaurant within our sight. Outstanding service!!!! (But don’t expect it!)

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