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Sonar Bangla

83-85 Manchester RoadDentonManchesterLancashireM34 2AF
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Posted:
8:16 PM 12-05-2012
Avoid!!!
Visited this place 12/05/12. This place used to be brilliant before the fire, but now it feels dowdy and smells musty. The food is just average and unremarkable and the main reason we chose to give it another try was because we received a leaflet advertising a special offer. The offer was if you buy a starter, main meal and a sundrie item, you get the cheapest main meal free. Once the bill came I noticed it hadn't been deducted so i asked for the reason why. I was told that those particular leaflets should not have been posted through doors as the offer was no longer available and that it was a mistake. How can that mistake be my fault?
I was told there was no way the cheapest meal would be deducted and that was that!!
I know Denton has quite a lot of choice when it comes to restaurants, so do yourself a favour and stay clear of this place unless of course you want to be part of a scam and be fleeced for average food. Also only visit this place if you like to be circled like hungry sharks by staff who have nothing to do but watch you eat!
I will be reviewing on as many websites as possible to let people know what to expect when the bill comes as these leaflets were posted out last week and I will also inform the relevant authorities.

A complete let down !!!!
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Posted:
4:07 PM 16-04-2011
 
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4:08 PM 16-04-2011
grest food restaurant
been for a meal here plenty of times over the past couple of years. its a clean, well organised spacious restaurant, it has room for and caters for young children. never had to wait long for meals,would recommend this restaurant
my rating would be 10/10 for service /food
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2:38 PM 13-03-2010
Good potential, friendly, must try harder
  4 / 10
I dont entirely agree with the review by James, and I like to see more detail in a review, although his brief summary has some valid points. We visited the Sonar Bangla just after Christmas and it was excellent. Although we visited a month weeks ago and it wasn't half as good. This restaurant closed for a while after being burnt down , and I know that the owner has put his life, heart and soul into the refurbishment of the restaurant.
We used to go often and it easily used to be the best curry restaurant in Denton before the fire. When we ate at the refurbed Sonar Bangla for the first time, the owner recognised us and the waiter gave us Popadums on the house, with very good selection of mango chutney, onions, mint sauce & lime pickle. However when we got the bill we had been charged for the popadums. The main course was mixed Balti for my wife which was plentiful and fairly spicy for a Balti, and my wife enjoyed this. I had a chicken samber which was very tasty, nice lemony, lentils, a slight nutty taste and lovely chilli kick. Pilau rice was as good as anywhere, and the nan bread was excellent - fresh and did not dry up as some do. We rarely have desserts when we go for a curry and this was no exception, the selection looked good, but very westernised and no authentic Indian desserts if you are looking for that sort of thing. We were given a liquer/brandy on the house. The wine is reasonably priced for a restaurant as was the Cobra draught lager. The decor does feel a little on the plain side, but perhaps this is the case if they were on a low budget to reopen. The background music was an enjoyable blend of authentic music, and some decent smooth western tunes, and the general ambience is friendly with families welcome, and serious chilli heads catered for on the menu. If I had reviewed then as I intended, the Sonar Bangla would have received 7/10.

The second time we ate was on Valentine's day, and was barely a patch on the first time. We didnt opt for the valentine's special menu, which did look like decent value for money, but likely to be too much unless you like to eat loads of food. Poppadums were fine again and served very quickly. My wife had the balti again, but didnt find it as enjoyable as the first time. I was hungry so went for the Special Biryani, but with a Samber sauce. The biryani was quite decent as expected with plenty of meat and rice, but the Samber sauce was not as tasty as on our first visit. Nan was good, but again not quite as good as the first time. We also had to wait ages for our food, although the restaurant was busy. The biggest disappointment by far was the Cobra lager which tasted like it still had chemical cleaner in it. They did exchange the lager without question but it didnt taste much better, I thik I had been put off by this time. Also we had to wait an eternity when we had ordered our 2nd round of drinks, in fact I had to go to the bar myself and remind them. All in all, a disappointing meal out. We want this restaurant to do well, but they are sending out mixed messages. If they stick to fresh tasty food and treat customers consistently, this has the potential to be a great restaurant as it used to be. The jury is still out on this one, but after the awful lager and the long waits on our last visit, it is unlikely that we will visit again in a hurry. This time would only score 3/10, overall I give it 4. C'mon Sonar Bangla I know you can do much better than this.
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Posted:
4:38 PM 11-02-2008
 
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4:38 PM 11-02-2008
Reheated food and slow, slow service - avoid!
I ate here on recommendation last Thursday evening. I've got to say, i've never written a bad review before but the header sums it up! - Reheated food, dry meat and took over 30 mins to get the starter to us. i'd avoid this restaurant, plenty more in denton to chose from... Jamie
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