Date registered: July 23, 2009
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A new review is in order for this place now that I've visited several times plus they have redecorated and included a few seats. Food is pretty tasty and definitely value for money (read not bad and very cheap!). You probably wouldn't want to travel from the other side of town just to get there, but if you're in the area and after something cheap and tasty I'd strongly recommend it.
@Birdman I'm going to refrain from linking to it, largely because this post will get deleted if I do, but look at the reviews over the last couple of weeks of the only other Middle Eastern restaurant in the listings section here that's still in business.
For an actual review, I haven't been back in the best part of a year, and even then this restaurant was only a shadow of its former self. I can't imagine it has improved any since.
Not a fan of the Jelly Fish at all, and so didn't get around to checking this place out until last night as a result, but really impressed. Good, reasonably priced food and a great beer selection to boot. Hope you manage to keep it up.
Have to agree with ATChengdu about the fries actually. They're OK, but not as good as the very best in town (wonder if we're thinking of the same place or not?). Both the burger and steak only came with a pretty measly seven of them as well (we counted!)
Finally headed there last night on the back of these reviews and other recommendations. I really wanted to enjoy it but sadly came away very disappointed.
Not sure if it was just because the owners weren't there but the food was atrocious. Best dish was a passable but hardly great Chicken Kadai. Worst was a Lamb Vindaloo that was basically just Tudou Shao Yangrou and no hint of curry in any way shape or form. We also had completely flavourless tasteless steamed potato and cauliflower (supposedly Aloo gobi) and Samosas which were genuinely inedible.
One star because I'm glad someone's trying to establish another Indian restaurant in Chengdu (sorely needed) and the service was OK with friendly staff.
I'll be sticking with Namaste for a while though.
After two years of hearing great things, and occasionally turning up only to find the place closed*, I finally spent a morning there this week. Such a good experience I came back with family and friends at the weekend and could easily see myself slipping into what appears to be a large crowd of regular customers.
Quite possibly the best coffee in Chengdu, great food, caring owners, friendly staff and very reasonable prices for the quality of food and drink on offer. A huge selection of single malts as well which I will definitely be finding an excuse to come back for.
* In fact I arrived this time only to find the place still closed and — despite there being nearly an hour to go before opening time — was invited in anyway and offered a drink while I waited!
Great service from friendly staff who are obviously very well trained. Tasteful well done decor (not so sure about the graffiti behind the bar personally, but won't hold it against you). Good selection of affordable well mixed drinks but not totally sure about the food. It's a fairly limited menu which I don't mind at all (even if I'm allergic to most of it as a result!), and what I've tried has been good. It just seems to be very expensive for what it is though.
OK, so at the end of the day it's really a zoo, but hey, it's well done and Pandas are cute.
Seems to me that the readers have always been at odds with the editors on Namaste given that it keeps winning the readers awards despite the lousy write up.
Personally I love the place. Sure, the service is nothing great, but then according to the reviews for Cacaja it's nothing great there either. (far from 'most uncooperative staff in Chengdu' though -- have you ever been to a Post Office?!) The food at Namaste's priced somewhere between Cacaja and the Tandoor and probably somewhere between the two for standard of cooking.
Neither the original or new Cacaja have ever really impressed me much with their food (and the Binjiang Lu branch certainly was getting pretty grotty last I was there), but the Tandoor's way too expensive so Namaste is a happy medium for me.