If there was one restaurant that I’ve always wanted to go to but never got round to visiting, then that place was Mem-Saab. With it’s relocation to the popular Highcross Centre, what better time than now to pay a visit to this Indian restaurant.
So how does Memsaab stack up against other Indian restaurants of Leicester?
As usual, we opted for a starter, a main course and Naan Bread. For starters we had Malai Seekh Kebab, Chicken Shashlik and a Lamb Boti, and for mains we had Garlic Chilli Chicken, Chicken Jaipuri and Chicken Palak accompanied by 3 Naans. The Seekh Kebab although being nice could have been very nice had it come piping hot, as it was, it was mildly warm. The starters did get thumbs up from all three of us.
However, the same couldn’t be said of the Mains. “Tasteless” and “Probably not have again” were some of the words uttered by my friend of his Chicken Palak. Despite having asked for his Garlic Chilli Chicken hot (spicy) it was still mild and my Chicken Jaipuri was no better, and it wasn’t too dissimilar to the Garlic Chilli Chicken in taste. My immediate reaction to the restaurant after the meal was that Mem-Saab caters more for the English palate, and as an Asian, you can usually tell when a restaurant does that.
Cannot really fault the restaurant on their service which was very good without being too intrusive, they came at the right moments to ask for the orders. As for the food itself, it arrived within a reasonable time so no complaints there really. A nice little touch was the waiter laying out the napkin on your lap.
For a Saturday night the atmosphere was lively, with various small parties that were being catered for. The bar area is modern and funky in keeping with the general feel of the Highcross area, which hosts a piano, as you unwind to some live music.
What I wasn’t too keen on was the decor in the dining area, it was somewhat lacking, and felt disjointed from the bar area, not to mention the restaurant tries to squeeze too much into too little i.e. too many tables for the sizes of the rooms. The restaurant is split up into various size rooms and we were sat in a small room with 5 tables, and although there was room to manoeuvre, it still felt too confined and felt segregated from other diners. However, such a room would be ideal if you were on a date as it was cosy, but as a group of friends you want to be in the thick of the action.
For a Starter, Main Course, Naan and a Drink, you’re looking at roughly £20 which I find dear for the quality of food on offer. All your regular Indian dishes like Kormas and Rogan Josh are £8.45 with starters from £3.75 onwards.
Would I Visit Again?
Unless they make a vast improvement in the quality of the food they serve I can’t really see myself visiting Mem-Saab any time soon. Yes, I’d be quite happy to have a drink or two in the bar area, but for the meal itself, I have definitely been to better. As mentioned earlier, it does cater more so for the English palate and would quite happily recommend it too all my non-Asian friends, but as for me, well I love my food spicy and this place is not the place for that.